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The Do-Over: How to Correct a Bad First Impression

By Kristi Hedges
Forbes

Last year I wrote about the nature of first impressions. We’re continually told of the importance of making positive first impressions, especially given how quickly we determine them. Some research suggests that first impressions can be so powerful that they’re weighed more heavily than fact. We know that making a good first impression is critical to success in both our jobs and personal lives, but the fact is that sometimes we flub them. Whether because of pressure, nervousness, a wrong approach, or distraction, we don’t always show up the way we intended.

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Striking Your Work-Life Balance: Recharging Your Mental and Physical Batteries

By Nick Huang
BusinessVibes

We all want success, yet an ‘all work and no play’ attitude quickly depletes us of energy, and seeks a contrary effect. Therefore, aside from making way toward more money and prestige, we must ensure that time is reserved for relaxation and rest.

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Work Spouse? Just Break it Off

By J. Thompson
Online Career Tips Contributor

In other scenarios, you may inadvertently draw battle lines with other people or groups that don’t share the same alliance regarding project decisions, advancement, compensation and perks. Conversely, if someone comes to you having issues with your work spouse that need to be addressed, can you truly make impartial decisions?

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Improve the View from Your Work Silo

By Jill Kurtz
Online Career Tips Contributor

We all know that having people work in silos isn’t the desirable way to operate a business. Yet, many of us do. Some of the sure signs are a limited range of work and minimal interactions with other teams. Like the storage silos found on farms, work silos are places with no view beyond the inside of one area of the operation.

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Procrastinating? Try This Quick, Easy Trick to Get on Track

By Deborah Jian Lee
Forbes

To stop procrastination in its tracks, try this one cognitive-behavioral therapy trick called “The Five-Minute Rule.” All you do is pick one task and commit to doing it for five minutes. You can stop after that, but most likely you won’t want to because you’ve already build momentum. Sometimes all it takes to get a project underway is the simple act of starting.

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What's Wrong With the Media's Portrayal Of Women Today, and How to Reverse It

By Kathy Caprino
Forbes

Spend a day watching YouTube videos, TV shows, and the “news” and you’ll be as stunned as I am at dichotomy between what we are saying is possible for women today (that they can ascend to leadership, launch their own successful businesses, and sit at the board table equally with men, rather than being relegated to only 16% of corporate leadership), vs. how women are actually being depicted in the media. From my view, popular media focuses much more heavily on a whole host of negative or limiting aspects of women, including an intense scrutiny of and emphasis on their looks (think about the obsession we have with Hillary Clinton’s hair), and a keen focus on how they’re struggling so hard to balance life and work, how catty and demeaning they can be to each other, or how they’ll throw each other under the bus in order to rise to the top.

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Defining Integrity at Work

By J. Mason
Online Career Tips Editor

We too often chalk our coworkers interpretations of ethics and integrity to a personality conflict, or differentiating backgrounds, but that's too simplistic an excuse given the volume of time spent with those people. It is extremely important to not only understand your company expectations for behavior, but you need to subscribe to your own code of ethics/values first.

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How To Love Your Job Even If You Don't Like It

By Kerry Hannon
Forbes

Boredom is often at the root of unhappiness at work. So take a single step toward modifying what’s getting you down. Challenge yourself to look for one area that would give you more joy at work and then make it happen. If you persistently add worth to what you bring to the job, chances are your boss will notice and reward you for it.

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