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Three Tips to Succeed When You Work at a Startup

media-fieldsWe think it’s important to heed advice from successful folks. Agreed?

And even though David Klein doesn’t work in the media (he’s the co-founder and CEO of a finance startup called CommonBond), his insight makes perfect sense.

He tells us via email, “I’ve noticed three qualities all beginning with ‘A’ that differentiate the bad from the good and the good from the great.”

1. Accountability. Have high standards. This applies to yourself and others as well. If you’re on the hook to get something done, he says, “Be accountable for doing it and doing it well.” If it goes well, let others lead the praise.

And what if it goes poorly? Be the first to admit it. This will result in an increased sense of reliability. People will find you reliable and then additional responsibilities will follow. Read more

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How to Break Up With a Negative Mentor

menandwomenjpgIn a perfect world, you have a mentor. He or she is energetic, positive, uplifting! And of course, available to meet and talk to you about shaping your career.

Well, what if it’s not exactly a perfect situation and your mentor is um, a little negative? You may want to break up with this so-called advocate but breaking up professionally is certainly not fun, not like breaking up personally is fun either but still…

According to today’s New York Post, HR executive Greg Giangrande dishes some advice. Read more

Three Places to Actually Avoid Networking

handshake2We’re huge fans of networking. Huge! Waiting for your cup of tea at Starbucks or for the bus to arrive, it’s all good.

Or is it?

Inspired by this piece by U.S. News & World Report, there are a few places where networking would be completely out of line. Read more

Three Career Tips From TV Personality Lauren Lake

gavelIf you’ve seen Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, then you’ve seen Lake presiding overly highly emotional cases.

Well, when it comes to career advice, she’s equally as passionate. We recently caught up with Lake for an exclusive interview.

1. Stop yearning for Fridays. “Get away from a place where you’re living for Friday and dreading Monday,” she advises. “Find what you love most in life and create a life around that. It’s possible.”

For instance, Lake loves to be artistic and also loves intellectual things like practicing law and helping people. “I found a way to combine all of those things…we can each do this in our own lives. It just takes doing the work.” Read more

Veteran & Pinterest Executive Don Faul Talks Leadership at ‘Got Your 6′

What better way to celebrate veterans during today’s holiday than hear their stories and salute their bravery?

Last week we attended an empowering Got Your 6 event at HBO’s office in midtown Manhattan. In the military, “Got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The initiative helps squash negative misconceptions and myths to civilians about veterans in terms of who they are and what they have to offer. As for veterans, the program ensures they’re empowered to lead by connecting to various veteran organizations.

The storytellers event had a TED talk flair as each veteran took the stage to talk about their career and lessons learned in their own unique delivery.

Let’s take a look at U.S. Marine Corps veteran Don Faul’s talk focusing on leadership in the Silicon Valley. After all, he knows a thing or two about the topic. Faul’s the head of operations at Pinterest and previously worked at Facebook and Google.

Three Things You Should Never Ever Do At the Office

multitaskingWe’ve all had bad days, we get it. So, how you react to a colleague’s inane conversation or a boss’s unrealistic deadline is key to your success. Reputations aren’t build overnight but they can certainly crumble in an instant.

According to this piece we saw on Monster, several factors stand out to keep your cool. In other words, avoid doing these four things at the office.

1. React to anything out of rage or spite. If you’ve ever responded within an instant to an email that made you completely irate, we’re with you. The next time you receive an equally disturbing message though, try to take a walk. Step away from the computer. And definitely breathe. Read more

Red Flags Employers Spot When You’re Looking to Leave

judgeIt’s okay, you can secretly nod in agreement if you’ve quietly pranced in and out of your office to a lunchtime interview. This may go unnoticed if it’s happening once or twice but suffice it to say, when you’re actively looking to leave and frequently interviewing, your employer may start to take notice.

Thanks to good ol’ social media, when you really want to broadcast to your network in order to expand connections, you need to be more cognizant about your moves. Here are several aspects, per a piece on Fortune, to be mindful of when you’re looking to land a new job.

1. Be mindful on LinkedIn. If you’re inactive on the site and then all of the sudden you’re making dozens upon dozens of new connections, others may start to wonder if something is up, especially if you’re already connected to your boss. So, be sure to switch on your privacy settings. This is particularly important when you want to start following companies such as competitors. Plus, it helps you discreetly  update your profile and tweak your current role. Read more

Four Ways to Follow Up With a Brand New Contact

nametagIf you’re in the networking swirl, congratulations! Chances are you’re attending industry events or even social events and going home with a small stack of business cards.

They won’t mean anything, unfortunately if you don’t work it immediately after the event. Here are several tips to keep in mind.

1. Remember something specific about the conversation. The best time to take stock of the conversation is immediately after it ends. Take a moment after exchanging business cards with the new contact to jot down something you spoke about.

Whether you dished about vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard or who will make it to the World Series this year, it’s all good. This will be a key identifying factor that bonded you and your new contact. Read more

Five Body Language Tips to Power Up Your Professionalism

successWhen we read about these tips on Lifehack, we couldn’t agree more. In many instances in business, it’s not what you say but how you say it. Of course, this includes your posture, your energy and your body language as a whole.

The good news? Unlike a technical skill which could require taking a class or two, body language can be improved by simply applying them right away.

1.  Maintain eye contact. The piece reminds us that everyone wants to feel interesting and important. The main way to accomplish this? Engage in active listening by keeping consistent eye contact with others when they speak. Throw in an occasional nod and sincerely show you’re paying attention. Read more

Buckingham Palace Guard Deviates From Job Description

There are certain times you really should go above and beyond in your job. Think outside the box. Go for the gold!

This is not one of them. Check out this Buckingham Palace guard who goes a bit rogue. If there’s any lesson we can learn from his comical strut is that we should stick to the core of our job especially when we’re in extremely visible roles. Enjoy!

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