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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Productivity Tip: Don’t Let Yourself (or Others) Sabotage Your Time

In order to be productive and use your time efficiently, it’s important to be very diligent about managing your time. You have a limited amount of time in which to accomplish at lot, so every minute is precious and must be protected. This may require you to be as disciplined as a drill sergeant when guarding your time and preventing anyone—including yourself—from sabotaging your schedule.

As this article says, your mindset is also very important. If you go into a day (or a project) already convinced that you won’t have enough time to complete everything, you have already made failure more likely. In this case, you may be more susceptible to distractions and...

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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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How Much Does Luck Influence a Career?

Ask 10 people their feelings about the role of luck in their career, and you’ll probably get 10 unique answers. While some workers may feel that luck plays a part in “getting a foot in the door,” “being in the right place at the right time,” or “knowing the right person,” others believe such factors are solely the result of preparation. How do you feel about luck? Here, some famous folks weigh in with their thoughts:

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. -- Garrison Keillor

Diligence is the mother of good luck. -- Benjamin...

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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Bringing Luck to Your Company

As we discussed yesterday, individual workers often have good luck charms that they turn to for a boost. In some workplaces, the whole staff has a symbol or ritual for generating prosperity. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a look at a few of them:

“I once worked at a restaurant where the owner was a firm believer in feng shui. He always had a peach (made out of wood) sitting on the office desk, and all of the managers would pass it around and handle it for a bit before we went into a shift where we knew we had to perform at a high level. Usually we did this around the holidays (New Year's Eve, Mother's Day, etc.) when we had a lot of reservations and we knew we would be busy. Some...

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Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Featured Job Opportunity: Administrative Assistant at MIT

We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an administrative assistant at MIT.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, this person will provide direct support to the Biological Engineering department head by assuming a major role in managing the day-to-day operations of his office and laboratories. Will serve as a point of contact for all visitors including faculty, staff, and students; work closely with travel agents, caterers, event planners, and MIT offices; and make complex domestic and international travel arrangements.

Will also handle financial tasks such as travel reimbursements, purchase orders, requests for payment,...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Adding Luck to Your Career

While four-leaf clovers may be everywhere for St. Patrick’s Day, many workers have their own charms that they turn to for luck and inspiration any day of the year. In honor of the upcoming holiday, here’s a look at a few. (Be sure to come back tomorrow to read about lucky rituals used by some companies.)

“I am a 3rd generation warehouse owner. My grandfather started in the industry in the 1940s. In my office sits an ashtray that I bought my grandfather when I was a little girl (my how times have changed!). It always reminds me of him and his determination and work ethic towards growing this business -- skills he passed onto my father and then onto me.” -- Lauren Nichols, 3G Warehouse

“For 35-years, my career has been in...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Is Facebook Becoming Too Stressful?

It may have started out as a great way to stay in touch with old acquaintances and maybe make some new ones, but recent research shows that the more friends you have on Facebook, the more stressed out you may be. According to this article, a study by the University of Edinburgh Business School in Scotland suggests that having different types of people in your social network may increase anxiety because the potential to offend someone is greater.

Think of it this way:  Facebook originated as an online hangout for young adults, but it has developed into something used by people of all ages as well as by companies and employers. Before posting nowadays, a user needs...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Career Success: Being Real is the Key

There are lots of routes to success, and lots of skills, traits and characteristics that can get us there. In fact, if you read enough career articles and books, the wide variety of different (and sometimes conflicting) advice can make your head spin.

Needless to say, it can be tough to pinpoint one single tool or trait that can be the key ingredient to success. However, as Jack Welch says in this article, if you have to boil it all down to one thing, it would probably be authenticity. That means you must be genuine in your passion for your profession, and really care about what you are doing. In other words, you need to be real.

This means not...

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