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Anti-mentors—potential role models who'd been unkind to employees
or acted in unadmirable ways—may be more powerful in shaping behavior than once thought,
says Howard Gardner, the author of the forthcoming Five Minds for the Future.
In other words, your guiding principles might be to act deliberately opposite the way you've been
treated. As Lisa Junker writes in her post on the
what lessons can you thank your anti-mentors for?
Food for thought
Interruption, distraction, and multitasking are not
such awful things after all—
or so says this contentious column from David Freedman of Inc.com. Contrary
to what one might expect, worker productivity is at an all-time high. And
Freedman says it's essential not only to put up with but also to embrace
Find out why
Boston Globe columnist Penelope Trunk debunks the myth of job stability.
Most adults are now switching jobs every two years, she says,
finding work that really suits them personally and not looking for that one job that will
carry them to retirement. Here are her five tips to make frequent job changes, and stay sane
(1) Build up a strong skill set quickly.
(2) Get good at making transitions.
(3) Make the most of the in-between-jobs time.
(4) Get out of paying your dues.
(5) Keep your finances in order.
Knowing how to work the company's political environment can
make or break your career success.
Here are some quick tips for making the best of your
environment: get a mentor, ask open-ended questions, review constantly,
get buy-in, overcommunicate, give credit where credit is due, and hone
your own style.
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