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Thinking About What to Call Team Members and Managers

Bob Sutton (@work_matters) tweeted this the other day: Perhaps companies ought to stop using “IC” or “Individual Contributor.” It seems to absolve such employees from helping others I retweeted it and we had some back-and-forth about what to call people i organizations. Let’s eliminate these words for people who are not managers: Individual Contributor: There …

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Do You Know What Your References Say About You?

I’ve been a reference for many peers, previous employees, previous managers, and even clients. It’s almost always my pleasure. But sometimes? Not so much. I’d been managing a relatively junior employee who wasn’t quite clear on the concept of coming into work on time. He didn’t like deadlines—even the ones he gave himself. He was a …

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Job Search Trap: I Can Network Only by Going to Meetings

Here’s another job search trap: you think you can network by going to professional group meetings, mashups, informational lunches, and other kinds of what I call “background networking.” You need to do this kind of networking to expand you network. But it won’t get you a job. It will keep you unemployed. You need to …

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