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Our Dirty Little Secrets

You have them. I have them. And so does everyone else. If you are lucky you have perhaps one or two people in your life with whom you can be fully transparent and authentic. But according to a recent survey more than 96% of us have things that we hide from others in every area…

Business is Not Family

Misunderstanding the reality of workplace friendships and "family" can put your career at risk. Smarter Faster Stronger LLC just had their annual "Smarter Faster Stronger Family Fun Day" at which the CEO celebrated the corporate culture of "family first" and almost shed a tear as he described how everyone in attendance was like family to…

How to Tell a Co-Worker He Stinks (Literally)

Carol Althaus had a problem. One of her co-workers, a great hardworking guy whom everyone liked, had horrible body odor ‒ sometimes. Well, most of the time actually, but there were days when everything seemed fine. Or maybe she was just getting used to it. It had become a topic of conversation among several people…

The Bold Beauty of Plain Language

So much of the language we experience today seems overcomplexificated. Too many obtuse phrases and three-letter acronyms. Not enough real insight. And sometimes, just too damn much. In business, some think their opaque jargon makes them sound smarter. In academia and other bureaucracies the "inside language" grows organically and makes some feel more important. Some…

Talent, Ambition and Hard Work are Not Enough

Few things are more frustrating for a talented, highly motivated employee than watching as others get promoted, are given "high potential" assignments, or in other ways achieve greater career success – especially when those others are not noticeably more talented or hard working. "Why not me?" the ambitious employee wonders. And it is easy to…

How Leaders Become Liars

So NBC News anchor Brian Williams is himself in the news recently regarding his "conflating" of various memories while reporting from Afghanistan. And it turns out (if reports are accurate) that NBC executives have had concerns for years about his tendency to inflate the stories of his personal experiences, from his on-the-ground observations during Hurricane…

Does This Job Make Me Look Fat?

I began this most recent holiday season with a firm personal commitment to not gain any weight, stay away from cookies, bars, pies, cakes and chocolates, etc. Back at work after the holidays, I just weighed myself this morning and found that I had gained 4 pounds, obviously due to consumption of cookies, bars, pies,…

Career Guidance for Sociopaths

A sociopath is defined in clinical terms as an individual lacking morality, emotions, or the ability to empathize with others. This is often coupled with a superficial charm, persuasiveness, focus, and egomania. But just because many serial killers are sociopaths does not mean that most sociopaths are serial killers. Most of them live among us,…

Should You Try to be Funny?

There is no denying the awesome power of humor, but like any powerful weapon its impact can be positive or profoundly negative. The right humor at the right time can boost a sales call, enhance a job interview, drive a viral re-tweet, and grab the attention of millions on a television commercial. But of course…

Dan Rust @ Work

The focus of my work is to help people develop the skills, habits and mindset to achieve maximum productivty and effectiveness at work. I think that a productive work life is the foundation for happiness in every other area of life. We are all built to be naturally productive, but often the complex modern work…