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7 Tips for Your First Business Trip
Originally published on LinkedIn March 4, 2014 Guest Post by Alexandra Levit My good friend Alexandra Levit is the expert on making the transition from college to career. To celebrate the 10 anniversary of her breakthrough book, They Don’t Teach Corporate in College, Alex weighed in for me on some of her favorite tips…... read more »
Don’t blow your first business trip — here’s how
By Alyssa Goldman When my boss invited me to join her at a two-day client conference, I was ecstatic.  As a 23-year-old who had just landed her first full-time gig, this was going to be my first business trip. Never mind the fact that the conference was an hour away from... read more »
Three Ways to Say No to a Reference Request
By Jodi Glickman Originally posted on Harvard Business Review December 5, 2013 Christopher, a seasoned real estate executive, left his job in early 2013 to move to a competitor’s firm. Less than three months later, he received a call from his former boss Theo — in search of a reference letter himself. Christopher... read more »
How do you back out of a handshake agreement?
How do you face someone and tell them you simply can’t contribute to their cause, make a previously-promised loan, or bankroll a friend’s business? Here are a few tips. Originally published at Fortune.com April 5, 2011 Life has changed for everyone since the beginning of the Great Recession. Today, it̵…... read more »
How Not to Cry at Work (Even if John Boehner Does)
By now, most people have seen at least one clip of Speaker of the House to-be John Boehner shedding tears in front of the camera — on the House Floor, with Leslie Stahl on “60 minutes,” talking about our failing public education system, you name it. And perhaps you’re thinking to yourself that... read more »
How to Say No to Making an Introduction
Last week I wrote about how to make appropriate introductions on behalf of friends and colleagues a topic that is often challenging.  The flipside can be even worse. How do you decline to make an introduction on behalf of someone else without sounding like a jerk? The truth is, you should... read more »
"Undercover Boss" and the Missing Information Loop
It’s hard to argue that a primetime network T.V. show that debuts after the Super Bowl has any mission other than to entertain the masses. It’s perhaps unfair then to ascribe any responsibility to the “Undercover Boss” other than the blatantly obvious—we all knew what we were getting—another reality show.... read more »
How to Sail through Your Tough Performance Review
December is performance review month. While the merits and validity of a year-end review are often the subject of great debate, the fact that many firms use them as a tool for compensation and promotion is not. Your managers will spend much time (hopefully) preparing to deliver your review in... read more »