How to find the biggest trick for success where you work

Are you trying to be successful doing the work that successful people throw out? What successful people refuse to do? Then hard work won’t help you.

How can you succeed doing all the wrong stuff?

This true story is about more than salespeople. It is about accountants, programmers and managers […]

The secret to getting credit and a raise

Eventually every great plan deteriorates into hard unexpected work. The trick is to get credit for it, and a raise.

A newly minted Psychologist went to a new elementary school. Her job was to help children develop strong characters, overcome problems, and become […]

Are you job hunting? or working hard?

Useful work or administrivia?

One of my managers told me, “Bryan, you don’t work hard enough. I put in 60 or 70 hours a week. Even if I’m just in here filing stuff, I’m getting more done than you.” I couldn’t answer him. I was too amazed. He took my silence for the deep pondering […]

2 things that create career luck

IQ experts say that Thomas Jefferson was the smartest man ever born. I don’t doubt he was brilliant. He harnessed his brilliance to the ox of hard work. Without his hard work, that incredible brain would have been wasted.

I am sure there have been many others born who were smarter than Jefferson, no matter […]

How to get cleat marks up your back

“I want to find a place where I don’t have to work so hard anymore. I’m 6 years from retirement. With my experience, I should be able to get top dollar for my next job.”

Do you see the absolute logical disasters in that statement? He wants to work less, slow down preparing for […]

Your New Career Is Only 3 or 4 Steps Away

If you want to do something else, look for someone who can help you achieve that dream. You may first have to hitch your career to a place that will help you pay for the school education you need. The time will come when you are too constricted there. You will have the school education. Next you need […]

Heal work pebbles – the Dr. No method

The best defense against the atom bomb is not to be there when it goes off. (unknown)

The team leader I disliked personally the most was a good project manager. One redeeming social skill was that he knew about Doctor No. When he was asked to add just a little more to a project he […]

Your great idea is worth….

The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will. (Thomson)

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. (Goethe)

I got a furtive phone call from a candidate a decade ago, “Bryan, this idea can […]

Guerilla gardening, jobs and job searches

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka” (I found it!) but “That’s funny.” (Asimov)

I was down to 5 blueberry plants. I had more in the past. I love blueberries. Because of the varieties I have, I get to pick them for 2 […]

The hours game – how to avoid it

A coupla months in the laboratory can save a coupla hours in the library. (Westheimer’s Discovery)

A friend sold me a chainsaw cheap. She was doing me a favor. She admitted that it ran, but it did not cut well at all. I took the chainsaw home and reversed the chain. It works […]