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Guest post: How I manage up, working for Penelope

This is a guest post by Cassie Boorn. She works with me at Quistic. That’s a photo of Cassie and her son. And here’s another guest post she wrote, before we started working together. 
A few years ago I targeted Penelope

Posted in Managing up

Why problem employees don’t get fired

We finally got a dog. Sparky. His original name was Prince. But I decided you can't have a prince on a farm. So we changed the name. Sparky is five years old, so he was probably pretty used to the

Posted in Job hunt, Management, Managing up

Don’t give your boss a gift

It's the time of year when there are a bazillion articles about what gift you should give your boss. The implication is that of course you'll give a gift. But I think you're better off skipping it. Here's why:
1. Gift

Posted in Managing up, No image

List of social skills a solid career requires

I’m always shocked to hear that people don't like brown-nosing. If I could do it, I definitely would. But as someone who has Asperger’s, brown-nosing always looks very difficult. So I have been looking for someone to teach me how

Posted in Managing up, No image, Office politics

The nuts and bolts of building a brand

I am switching up the blog a bit. It’s time to take the Brazen Careerist part off of my blog. It’s time for the blog to just be Penelope Trunk, and only my company should use the name Brazen Careerist.
We

Posted in Managing up, No image, Self-management

Underrated career skill: Asking questions

It might be that the only useful thing you ever learned in school (besides how to make small talk at a party) is how to ask a good question.
Most of us didn’t learn that, though. Because it’s so hard to

Posted in Managing up, Networking, No image

Workplace situations we don’t talk about

There are some things about work that are difficult for even me to write about. These are the issues that I have not quite worked out for myself. I wonder if I am normal in these areas? Maybe no

Posted in Managing up, No image, Office politics

Maybe there will be a recession. Here’s what to do just in case

The debate continues about whether and when a recession is coming, and what the markers would be. Most of us are in no position to do the analysis ourselves, but you don’t need to be an economist to know that

Posted in Managing up, No image, Self-management

Twentysomething: 5 ways people get screwed early in a career

This guest post is by Susan Johnston who is 24 years old and blogs at The Urban Muse.
By Susan Johnston – It’s easy to get screwed when you’re fresh out of undergrad and starting a new job. Nobody tells you

Posted in Managing up, No image, Office politics

4 Ways to sidestep corporate hierarchy

Most people stay at a company less than seven years. Most young people stay at a company less than two. So why are companies still set up for people who stay 40 years and climb the ladder? It makes no

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Managing up, No image
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