How to heal a project or job search before it breaks: Dr. No

Doctor No can heal a case of pebbles. It can fix a project or job search before it breaks. How? You make the people giving you a pebble, one more little thing to do, fix the problem they create. They become Dr. No.

Is your to-do list impossibly tall?

The team leader I disliked […]

The Mythical Man Month

sand sculpture of a sphinx

The mythical man month is another impossible beast.

I hate firefighters–people who commit a project to disaster. “Leaders” sometimes think that if one woman can have a baby in 9 months, then surely 9 women can have a baby in one month. Those leaders/firefighters create career death marches for their subordinates and coworkers. Too […]

Make your job search 50% more effective

Your time is very limited. You only get 24 hours a day. You can’t buy more time. Do you really know how you use it? Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace. (Sawyer) […]

Your job search is mortal combat: win every time

If you job hunt (or go to work) expecting mortal combat, where the other guy must lose, you will fail. If you have a strong attitude that, “The company, my manager and I are going to win big,“ you will succeed. In job search mortal combat you must defeat the real enemy every time. You […]

The first step towards networking – leadership

Networking? It is leadership. Some of the best connected network creators I know have never been managers, but they all have been leaders. Here is how I learned the most critical lesson in leadership.

I was 19 years old and clueless. I was sitting in a chair and told my roommate, “We’ve got to get […]

How to be sure of your career direction. Can you?

It can be difficult if not impossible to know where your career should go. It’s not that you can’t pick a direction, it is making sure it is the right direction. You may climb the career ladder of success, only to find out it is leaning against the wrong wall.

Here is a great article […]

What a big house or a great job costs

I was at a gorgeous house. It had radiant heating, an indoor basketball court and swimming pool, wonderful view, and enough room for anyone’s desires. I loved it. The hosts were generous and kind. Then I decided to tally up the cost of owning a house like that. My estimate is $24,000 per month without […]

How to deal with absolute idiots, bosses, and 6 year olds

Into everyone’s life comes people who just don’t get it. There is even a chance that you will be that person for someone else at some time. The fact is, no one sets out to be an idiot. They are always well intentioned, they just don’t get it. So how do you deal with an […]

One huge secret to escape a stalled career

Nerds don’t just happen to dress informally. They do it too consistently. Consciously or not, they dress informally as a prophylactic measure against stupidity. (Paul Graham)

My partner changed the career of a man stuck in a job rut. He was looking for a job and no one would hire him. His current boss wouldn’t […]

Dangers and rewards in the Fortune 50

A Fortune 50 Executive said it was one of the more difficult times of his life. He was in charge of identifying 2000 MBA’s in their organization who would receive layoff notices in December. These were dedicated workers from top schools who were earning fat salaries. They were putting in long hours on important projects, […]