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Help Wanted: Only Clones Need Apply

I just saw this quote: “When two people in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.” Why? Because without disagreement or different ways of looking at things, effectively one person becomes a clone of the other. Very little extra value added, even if work gets done. And yet, in the world of recruiting and […]

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A Tribute to Food Workers Everywhere

Food is a huge business. Growing it. Catching it. Manufacturing it. Packaging it. Cooking it. Baking it. Distributing it. Selling it. Producing TV shows about it. Writing about it. And for some of the real pros in food contests, even eating it can bring in the big bucks.  But there are many food workers who […]

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Are You One of The Uncoachables?

A friend sent me an article by Marshall Goldsmith that talks about what he calls “lost causes” – in other words, people who can’t be coached. At least not at the moment. For me, the idea of uncoachable people raises some immediate questions. Is anyone really uncoachable? Shouldn’t a good coach be able to guide the […]

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What Need-To-Know-Basis Managers Need To Know

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole idea of communication not just during the during the hiring process (lord knows it’s needed there) but in the workplace, after you get the job.  All people basically want is some clue as to what’s going on that affects them and affects those around them. And they […]

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Can an MBA Improve Your Career?

Many visitors to Work Coach Cafe have been asking for advice on how to improve their career. If your career is stagnant, an MBA may provide a path to the next level. Plenty of people have discovered an MBA is worth the effort.

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Memo from Boss to Staff: I Really Really REALLY Hate Managing You!

I recently got a great comment from Angela on my I Hate Being a Boss post.  She’d had it up to HERE with being a manager – and she wasn’t going to take it any more! While browsing my stats, I often see search terms like “I hate my employees” “I hate being boss” and […]

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What Makes a Job Good?

Many many moons ago I found this poem in a little joke book. For whatever reason, it stuck in my head and has stayed there ever since: Don’t worry if your job is small Or your rewards are few Remember that the mighty oak Was once a nut like you! Ah yes. That explained everything. […]

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One of the Best Film Segments Ever About Work We Hate!

To the chagrin of most of my friends, I absolutely adore Joe Versus the Volcano. There…I said it. And the ground hasn’t caved in under me nor have  stars ceased to shine. While admittedly not the most deftly-crafted film ever, this film’s opening segment blows me away — the darkness, the gloom, the meaningless job […]

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Don’t Let a Whiner’s Club Attitude Screw Up Your Interview AND Career Chances!

I know I’m risking an angry response from some of my dear readers, but seriously…I’m worried about you. Being interviewed for a job is a lot like being on camera…we interviewers see almost every flaw, including things you can’t believe we see. One of the most important things that shines through during a job interview […]

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Job Search Question of the Day: Do You Let Rules Stop You?

Now I don’t mean to encourage out and out revolt among job seekers. Orderliness in systems and in job search can be very useful. BUT, that said, there may be times when stepping outside of the rules – or at least presumed rules – can be a smart move to get your career going in […]

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