Work Daze: Work Less. Make More.

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Congratulations, thought leader. You have once again proven yourself to be ahead of the curve and ahead of the crowd. It's true. It took University of California professor of management Morten T. Hanson decades of study to come up with his breakthrough idea, but you -- a tenured professor of mismanagement -- knew intuitively that the way to get to the top as fast as possible was to do as...

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Work Daze: Homework 101

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There is one good reason why you shouldn't work from home. You will no longer be able to purloin gourmet luncheons from the brown bags of your co-workers. When you work from home, all the moldy, green tuna sandwiches available will be yours. Other than that, there is no limit to the advantages of working from home. There is no dress code. You can work in the nude and no one will...

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Work Daze: When You and Your Work Are Not Working Out

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Ding-Dong! Ding-Dong! That's the sound of the bell ringing in your head. Yes, you frequently hear strange sounds at work: the rattle of chains, ghostly screams, not to mention the constant sniggering as you walk through the cube farm, but this bell is different. This is the bell that rings when you finally decide to throw off that cloak of misery and passivity and actually do something to...

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Work Daze: Quit First. Ask Questions Later.

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Go ahead! Give yourself a pat on the back. You should have quit your job on Day One, but instead you hung on. Through thick and thin, but mostly thin, you hung. Facing constant criticism, ridiculous ridicule, and a burning realization, deep in every single one of your 114 chakras, that of all the people in the world who could do your job, you were the worst, you hung on. And now that you...

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Work Daze: Happy New Job

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You've made your New Year's resolutions. Congrats! Now, what are the odds you'll follow through with even one? Remember your 2017 resolution to eat healthy? That went bust 350 Chalupa Supremes and 15 pounds ago. And don't forget your resolution to devote one day a week to charitable endeavors. That flopped big time -- unless you consider watching football all weekend on an 88-inch 4K Ultra...

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Work Daze: Yakety Yak

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Talk is cheap, or so they say. According to Joanne S. Lublin, talk is expensive. Really expensive. Of course, you remember Joann S. Lublin, the careers columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and the person whose job I would definitely have if the world made any sense at all. "Talkaholics Sink Partnership, Presentations -- and Careers" is the latest in the Lublin oeuvre. If you can take a...

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Work Daze: Too Good for My No-Good Job

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We all know the danger of being bad at your job, like having three burly HR people descend on your workstation to pack up your collection of Holly Hobbie dolls and throw you, Holly, and her BFFs, Amy and Heather, into the parking lot. But what danger could possibly result from being too good at a job? It's a question you are never asked. The question you are invariably asked is, "How...

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Work Daze: Smarty Pants

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Are you too smart for your job? That's the question on the table, and seeing as you are under the table, as usual, your initial response may follow along the lines of the answer provided by Fredo Corleone in "The Godfather": "I'm smart! Not like everybody says -- like, dumb! I'm smart, and I want respect!" Too bad Fredo never met Jessica Stillman, who is a writer for Inc. and the author...

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Work Daze: Home for the Holidays

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It's good to be home for the holidays, but if you're in your 20s or 30s, it may be far better to be far, far away. Think Tahiti. Think Mozambique. Think St. Paul, Minnesota. Yes, St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Paul is not only an exotic destination, but it is also where Amy Lindgren, the owner of a local career consulting firm, writes the "Working Strategies" column in the St. Paul Pioneer...

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Work Daze: To Sleep, Perchance to Scheme

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It doesn't happen frequently, but every once in a while, science throws us a bone. Like the recently published studies proving that nonfat cottage cheese causes delirium tremors in the pigmy seahorse. (These studies have yet to be replicated with human subjects, but if you want to be part of an experiment, I can hook you up. No pay, but you'll get a sweet 10 percent discount on cottage...

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