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The Greek Parthenon and Your Career

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One of the most important lessons for our lives and careers comes from the Parthenon in Greece. The Parthenon has been standing in the same location for almost 2,500 years and is considered one of the world’s great cultural monuments. It is largely...

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If You Want to Earn More, You Need to Be Worth More

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Your financial requirements and what you would like to earn have nothing to do with what you are worth in the market. In running my various organizations, I have hired superstars from the very best universities with the very best work histories who ended...

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You Need to Be Able to Close

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The ability to ‘‘close’‘ and get the sale is the most important skill in selling. It’s something that few people know how to do. Many people can get a consumer, an employer, or others to the cusp of making a purchasing or a hiring decision;...

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Socrates and Your Job Search

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Several years ago, we were launching a newsletter for law schools. One of our employees, who was working on the project, decided that the title of the newsletter should be, “The Signal.” He was very enthusiastic about this particular title....

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Treating Your Career Like a Small Business

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No one seems to take the time to consider that their careers are businesses. Your career is no different than any small business. You have a product (you) that you’re selling to your audience (your employer). You need to run your career exactly...

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See Things The Way They Are

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During the summer of my second year of law school, I worked in a law firm in New York City. One day, I was in the library of the law firm, and I found a report about the law firm which had been written by an outside consulting company. This is what strategic...

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The Kick-Ass Marketing Secret of the Most Successful Job Applicants and Employees

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I’ve been going to conferences for one thing or another at least a couple times a year for the past several years. I’ve spent thousands of dollars attending marketing-related conferences. If I go to one more conference where someone talks...

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Narcissistic Entitlement Syndrome

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The word “narcissism” comes from the Greek character Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection and was made famous by the Greek poet Ovid. The story is one of great psychological complexity. In the story, Echo falls in love with...

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Cheap Is Expensive: A Marine Disaster

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One thing I’ve learned in my lifetime is if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Every day, so many of us are glued to televisions and see people become rich overnight on game shows. Growing up, kids receive a lot of messages that you...

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The Dangers of Getting Jobs Through Friends

By on May 04,2017

Despite the obvious advantages, getting jobs through a friend or relative may ultimately harm you. When you do so, you risk lowering your colleagues’ opinions of you, who may see your connections as evidence that you lack the skills to get your position on your own merits. Nonetheless, there are situations in which it is acceptable to take advantage of such connections, but you must be on your guard; make sure that the job you get is a good fit, and one in which you would perform well regardless of your connections.

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