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By Todd Dewett | Friday, September 18, 2015

How to Find a Mentor (That's Worth Having)

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Your success is about a lot more than just you. You’re born with a particular IQ, personality, family, and so on. And they matter a lot—but so do your choices.

Your choices about goals, friends, and education have a huge impact on your future. In particular, successful people make the choice to find a mentor who can advise and inspire them.

In many ways, a mentor is your life’s biggest accelerator. Mentors take who you are and what you’ve done and help you understand how to multiply what you can accomplish through better decision-making.

Here’s what you need to do to find—and take advantage of—a great mentor.

By Chris Croft | Thursday, September 17, 2015

The 7 Sins of Teamwork

7 sins of teamwork

Being a team player doesn’t come naturally to everyone. And since a great team consists of people who are very different from each other, they may not really understand, or even like, one another. So some problems are inevitable.

In my course Teamwork Fundamentals, I outline the qualities of effective teams and the role you, as a member, play in creating one, including delivering on expectations, listening to other team members, communicating clearly, playing more than one role, and being supportive.

But first, you need to know the most common crimes people commit while working in teams—and what you can do about them.

You may think you’re a team player … but are you committing any of these sins without even realizing it?

By Mike Figliuolo | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

3 Common (and Dangerous) Myths About Business Plans

Writing a business plan

It’s exciting launching a new business. Whether you’re building a new venture from scratch or creating something new within a large corporation, remember the old adage that “only fools rush in.”

One of the biggest mistakes you can make during an exciting launch is saying, “I’m too busy to write a business plan.” More often than not, that lack of planning will come back to haunt you.

There are three common myths about writing a business plan—and buying into them can signal the beginning of the end for your venture.

By J. Scott G. | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Why Schmoozing Is an Epic Waste of Time


Schmoozing. We’ve all done it.

Whether it was with a boss, a friend, or a potential business connection, we’ve all gone out of of our way to blather about our work—past successes, current projects, future goals—in the hopes of feeling important or making a connection that may prove valuable down the line. If you haven’t, then you’ve at least been on the receiving end of it.

But schmoozing is an epic waste of everyone’s time. Here’s why:

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, August 08, 2015

Oops! Rookie Mistakes on the Job

rookie mistakes at work

No matter what industry you work in, being the new person is rough. There’s so much to learn, from software to jargon to office politics—even where they keep the notepads.

Of course you’re gonna make mistakes. But you’re not alone.

Below, lynda.com Business authors and staff members share their own embarrassing stories from when they were noobs at work. Read about their bonehead moves, the fallout from them and, most importantly, what they learned as a result.

We hope you’ll learn how not to behave in your first days, weeks, or months at a new job—or at least get a good chuckle.

By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Get Some Accountability! Starting Today


If there’s one thing I’m absolutely crazy about, it’s follow through. I love people who do it.

Ship what you committed to ship. Be where you said you’d be. Step up and say you messed up; it wasn’t anyone else’s fault but yours. It all makes my heart happy—because it’s honest.

Accountability is a distinguishing and competitive career advantage. It’s also something you can learn—not a hard-wired trait, but a habit you have to practice to develop.

So let’s start building those accountability muscles! I can help.

By Jolie Miller | Sunday, June 21, 2015

The 4 Business Skills Recruiters Are Looking for—and Not Finding

the skills recruiters want

Want to position yourself to be hired? Learn the skills that companies desperately want—but can’t seem to find.

After surveying 1,320 job recruiters at 600+ companies, the 2015 Bloomberg Recruiter Report shed insight into the most desired skills by industry and by scarcity.

Here are the skills everyone is seeking—and the in-depth, watch-anytime courses to help you learn them.

By Nancy Muir Boysen | Sunday, May 31, 2015

Write an Outline to Make Sense of Your Message

write an outline

Facing a blank page can feel overwhelming. You have so many ideas and it’s hard to figure out how to communicate them. Using an outline to organize your thoughts before you write might be just the help you need.

Audible gasp and groan. Write an outline? What is this, fourth grade? I still have nightmares about having to create outlines and, let’s just say, my nightmares about zombies rising from the grave pale in comparison.

But hear me out! An outline is just a roadmap you can follow to keep your writing on target—and you can master this useful tool in just four simple steps.

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