Career Guidance

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…

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,…