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Being Nice: The Key to Career Success

Whether you're a 20-year veteran or halfway through your first ever internship, chances are that you've got a story to tell about a boss or colleague who's rubbed you up the wrong way. Someone who's ignored you, been rude to you, or demeaned you in front of your peers. And, given the law of averages, there's every chance that someone else has a similar story to tell about you. As your brusque boss might say, "Who cares? It's business. Deal with it. Read More >

Should NBC Have Fired Brian Williams?

Lord knows I've lied, and chances are I've conflated, but I'm still finding it very difficult to find any sympathy for newsman Brian Williams, or for his employer, NBC/MSNBC. Read More >

BigLaw Bonuses: An Excuse to Keep Salaries Flat?

Law firms may have been much more generous with associate bonuses for 2014 than in recent years. But is increased discretionary compensation just a way to avoid raising base salaries, which have been the same for 8 years? If you ask the more cynical law firm associates, that is certainly the case. Especially if they live in NYC. Here's what one associate told us: "The higher bonuses this year were wonderful. Read More >

How to Get Hired...For Being American!

The dawn of the digital age created a sense of infinite opportunity; businesses could build a global community of customers without needing to open expensive offices or make regular trips abroad. Now in 2015, however, many companies have realised that there is no substitute for local knowledge, nothing that compares to a face to face meeting and no digital ad that could rival a passionate sales person or company rep. Read More >

Goldman's New No Work After Midnight Policy

Years ago, back when I worked as a freelancer, there was this bar in Lower Manhattan that I frequented due to its notoriously good Sunday night happy hour, which actually began on Monday morning, that is, it began at the stroke of midnight-at 12 a.m. As I recall, this bar would be nearly empty on Sundays until about 11:56 p.m., at which point the place would begin to fill up and, by 12:03 a.m., there wouldn't be an open seat in sight. Read More >

When Is It OK to Cry at Work?

British scientist Tim Hunt  has watched his Nobel prize-winning career go down in flames this past week, after some off-the-cuff remarks he made during a conference in Seoul blew up on social media. The comments: According to a variety of reports, Hunt called for single-sex labs, saying "Let me tell you about my trouble with girls. Three things happen when they are in the lab. You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry. Read More >

Why More Women Aren't CEOs

On July 1, KPMG's Lynne Doughtie will become the first woman to hold both the CEO and chairwoman positions at a Big 4 firm. Doughtie will join Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte's CEO, in the Big 4 C-Suite. And so, come July, half of the Big 4 will be run by women. To be sure, this is a sign of great progress with respect to gender equality in the workplace. Unfortunately, it is also a reminder of just how few women still hold senior roles in U.S. firms. Read More >

Move Over Jazzercise, It's Time to Deskercise!

A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine warned of the dangers of sitting of prolonged periods of time. The researchers found that people who sit for eight or nine hours a day increased their risk for cardiovascular disease by 14 percent, cancer by 13 percent and diabetes by 91 percent. As terrifying as those statistics are, many office workers find it difficult to leave their desks during the day. Read More >

Interview Skills: Narrating Your Career

After a few years in the professional world, you've most likely sat through your fair share of job interviews-but that doesn't necessarily make them any easier. In fact, as your resume gets longer and more detailed, it can be more difficult than ever to adequately articulate your career narrative within the time constraints of an interview-particularly if your career has spanned multiple industries. Read More >

Can Women 'Have it All' at this Firm?

BigLaw firms are notorious, whether they deserve the reputation or not, for long hours and cut-throat associates angling for partnership at the expense of their other co-workers and personal lives. In an effort to create a family-friendly atmosphere and more positive work environment, many law firms have instituted affinity groups and generous parental leave policies. Read More >

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