Over the years, as things age, they tend to become bitter. Delicious grapes turn into wine, succulent plums turn into prunes – and Kevin Bacon turns into a crotchety old man complaining about all those darn kids and their crappy music. If you’ve ever had trouble with someone from a different generation than you, I…Details
We all hate our jobs sometimes. If you’re reading this on a Monday, you might be hating it currently. Did you bruise your hand punching the steering wheel again while you were stuck in traffic? If only people would simply give you money for being awesome and leave you alone, right? Well, until that happens,…Details
If phrases like ‘circle the wagons’ and ‘all hands on deck’ have you wondering whether you’re in the wild west or sailing the seven seas instead of in a conference room, than you might have a problem with business jargon. Never fear! I’ve come up with a handy chart that will tell you what all that…Details
Ever get trapped by a close talker and wondered if they wanted to talk to you, kiss you, or maybe eat you? Ever try to cheer up a sad mopeypuss (it’s a word now) who seemed determined to suck you into their world of endless sadness? Well I have too, and that’s why we made…Details
My first job was detassling. For those of you who aren’t from the Midwest (and for the 90% of Midwesterners who don’t know what I’m talking about), detassling involves walking up and down rows of corn to remove the pollinating pieces of the cornstalk, so that little corn plants don’t start sprouting up where they’re…Details
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We all get into arguments with others. It usually happens because other people are just being stubborn by refusing to see things exactly the same way that you do. They should, and deep down they know that they’re bad people for being so difficult. But it’s also possible that what I just wrote is a…Details
When I was in 7th grade I had a huge crush on a girl named Christy, or Chrissie or Carla or Maggie – whatever. The point is, I was in love. But she didn’t love me back. So when I called her, she would make up elaborate excuses to get off the phone with me. …Details
Christina Gleason has written an excellent rebuttal to my recent Smart Meetings article, 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Tweet During Presentations. Really. She put the word ‘poppycock’ into her title, which is enough all by itself to convince me that she would be a ton of fun to hang out with. (‘Poppycock” did not make my list of…Details
Hello again! First off, sorry for my absence. I could chalk it up to being busy, but the truth is I was kidnapped by pirates and taken to their jungle hideout. It took me a while to escape and then fashion a raft out of trees lashed together with coconut fibers. But I’m back, and…Details
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There was a time in the world when every day was a vacation, because we hadn’t invented work yet. All of us just wandered around enjoying every moment except for the one when we got eaten by something. But then work came along, and those glory days vanished. Now we have to schedule vacation time.…Details
April 23 is Administrative Assistant Day, a day where bosses the world over tell their administrative assistants to order flowers for themselves as a “token” of appreciation. But they deserve more than that. Here are 7 reasons that your administrative assistants are pretty much the only thing keeping you from bankruptcy. #1- You have no…Details
Every month I like to keep track of how many LinkedIn connections I have, but once you get over 500 it just says 500+ and finding the actual number is like trying to find Waldo in a field of candy canes. I’m not sure why LinkedIn likes to hide this number, but after struggling to…Details
I’m sure you’ve heard of the trust fall, that iconic team building exercise where you hope your colleagues don’t hate you so much that they passively watch as you fall to the ground from a chair or a tree stump or whatever. But to the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever explained the trust…Details
Graduation season is approaching, which means that millions of college graduates are about to begin their first post-educational job. Maybe you’re about to be a health care consultant, or perhaps you’re the newest employee at the world’s first starfish farm. But whatever job you’re about to get, here are 8 things to expect on your…Details
According to a recent survey, 73% of Americans say that they are overworked. And while I made that statistic up, I think it’s safe to say that you have experienced work-related stress sometime in the past month. Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a simple list of questions to help you decide if you…Details
First off, I’d like to say that I’m only writing this article because other people have told me that I should. I can’t remember the last time I made an independent decision for myself, and I’m hoping you’re just like me. If you’re the kind of maverick who comes up with original ideas and then…Details