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Facebook Faux Pas

Facebook Faux Pas

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. At Win the Job War we’ve posted numerous articles regarding career-limiting usage of social media, but this example is clearly the most extreme. And possibly this is what some people need to finally understand there is absolutely no separation of personal and professional social media, no matter how you have structured your privacy settings. Everything you post on the internet should be viewed through the how-will-this-impact-my-career filter.

In this particular case, I’m not sure that she even had a filter. Dr. Kristen Lindsey allegedly shot an arrow into the back of an orange tabby’s head and posted a proud photo this week on Facebook of herself smiling, as she dangled its limp body by the arrow’s shaft. Read more

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The Survivors Club

The Survivors Club

Most unemployed people read books on resume writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills, etc. There is another book that should be on their reading list, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the job search process.

Did you ever wondered why some people survive and others don’t? Why some stay calm and collected and others become highly stressed and unravel? How could some bounce back from adversity, while others collapse and surrender? Read more

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When Leaders Don’t Get Feedback

When Leaders Don't Get Feedback

This week the Starbucks coffee chain began encouraging its baristas to write the words “Race Together” on cups to get its customers talking about race. If you think this is an incredibly good idea, to have your coffee server proactively go out of their way to begin a conversation about social justice and race relations, then this article won’t really make sense to you.

Because on virtually every reasonable level, it is a very, very bad idea. I could walk you through the specifics of how this idea is bad marketing, bad customer experience, bad for business and yes, actually bad for race relations. But I am more interested in how such a bad idea gets the enthusiastic endorsement of the CEO, someone who you think would be much smarter than this. Read more

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The Ideal Work Schedule: Circadian Rhythms

The Ideal Work Schedule: Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — and hardwired — ebb and flow in our ability to feel alert or sleepy has important implications for you and your employees. Read more

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Office Politics – Navigate the Landmines

Office Politics - Navigate the Landmines

“Why can’t people just say what they mean and mean what they say?” lamented Jenny, a mid-level manager for one of my client businesses. “If we focused all of this energy on the business we wouldn’t have most of the issues that cause the gossip, paranoia and backstabbing.” She was reacting to recent comments from a “friend” in the business, confiding that some of her coworkers were worried because she had been coming in late the past week. First of all Jenny was surprised because her cubicle was in an area where no one could see her daily comings and goings. She had been arriving about 30 minutes late ─ and staying 30 minutes longer at the end of the day, but apparently no one noticed THAT ─ because her husband’s car was being repaired and he needed her to drop him off at his workplace. Read more

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