Work Daze

Work Daze – The Kim Connection

  • By Bob Goldman
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It happens all the time. People ask me how I developed this image of confidence, charisma and darn good looks. Well, I have to thank genetics for the good looks. Genetics and the team of plastic surgeons I have on call 24/7, ready to swing into action should a wrinkle appear, or a pimple pop, or a tidal wave of flab burst out from my Spanx. As for the confidence and charisma stuff; that...

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Work Daze – The Big Goof

  • By Bob Goldman
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I know it has never happened to you, but some of us make mistakes at work. Big, bad, messy mistakes that could rock your company and end your career. While making a mistake is easy, correcting a career-ending boo-boo can be tough. This is why you will not make a mistake by reading Heather Yamada-Hosley's recent blog post on Lifehacker, "What to Do If You Make a Big Mistake at Work." It is...

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Work Daze – Hit the Gym, Jim

  • By Bob Goldman
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If there's one thing that's worse than working, it's working out. Think you're running in place at your job? It's a lot better than running in place on a treadmill. Feel that impossible deadlines put you in a time crunch? It's a lot better than doing 200 crunches every morning in your jam-jams. Despite the pain and strain that invariably comes when you throw caution to the wind and...

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Work Daze – Commuter Beware

  • By Bob Goldman
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Dude, I apologize. I've been so busy helping you find ways to survive your terrible job that I have ignored your terrible commute to your terrible job. And commuting these days can be terrible. "Delays and commuter complaints are mounting on many of the country's largest transit systems," writes Sue Shellenbarger, Work and Family columnist in The Wall Street Journal, and the author of...

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Work Daze: It’s Smart to be Dumb

  • By Bob Goldman
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Let's face it. You've devoted a lot of time and hard work to convincing people that you're dumb. And it's worked! Difficult assignments are regularly routed to other employees because, "It's a pretty complicated project; I don't think we should give it to someone with a long history of screwing things up." Yes, your reputation as a major doofus has resulted in a lot less work and a lot less...

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Work Daze – No Experience Unnecessary

  • By Bob Goldman
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Personal question -- what is your dream job? My dream job is to be a cowboy. I want to ride the range on a golden palomino with my spurs jingling as I rope cows and shoot varmints. Unfortunately, I simply have zero experience at cowboying. I can't ride a horse. I can't find spurs my size at Brooks Brothers, and I am much more likely to rope varmints and shoot cows. Given this sad...

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Work Daze – Fake It Until You Break It

  • By Bob Goldman
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I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that anyone with the level of global success I have achieved must have been incredibly brilliant and hardworking from the jump. Not the case. When I was just a tyro in the global success biz, I had none of the skills one needs to succeed. It was just me and my really good looks against the world. What did I do to get ahead? I could have...

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Work Daze – Super Likable You

  • By Bob Goldman
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Be honest now. Have you ever wondered why you've never been promoted to a leadership position? It's not your bad attitude, or your deplorable lack of productivity, or the history of colossal blunders that are the milestones of what we laughingly call your career. Since your company's entire management team is full of lazy bunglers with bad attitudes, the real reason must be something...

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Work Daze – Mentor-Schmentor

  • By Bob Goldman
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You don't have to tell me. I know. What you want more than anything in life is for me to be your mentor. I can certainly understand why. Considering the complete mess you've made in what we laughingly call "your career," you need someone successful, sympathetic and, if I say so myself, pretty darn good-looking to whom you can come sniveling when you need help. Unfortunately, while I...

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Work Daze – A Meeting of the Never-Minds

  • By Bob Goldman
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What's worse than attending a meeting? Running a meeting. I know! Your hard-earned reputation for incompetence makes it unlikely that you would ever be granted this level of authority, but let's face it, considering the bunglers who run your company, nothing is impossible. Fortunately, help is available. Should your meeting duties involve more than taking the leftover doughnuts to the...

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