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Gopi Vajravelu

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Climb Up The Ladder
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Career, getting promotions, getting raises, making more money, jobs
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Many people believe that our careers are zero sum games, where in order to win someone else must lose. That creates hurtful competition among colleagues and coworkers; people who should be working together and helping each other. People adopt a scarcity mindset where in order to get something you want, someone else cannot get the same thing. But there are other ways for multiple people to reach their goals simultaneously. Economists ...
Posted: Oct 18 2017 @ 5:45 AM
As your career starts out, the hard skills you learned in school will be very important. And if you excel as an individual contributor, you’ll get promoted to your first management position. From there on, your soft skills will become more important for future promotions than your hard skills. You’ll need to coach your direct reports, handle conflict within your team, and tactfully manage office politics. Building your interpersonal skills, ...
Posted: Oct 11 2017 @ 5:45 AM
Several years ago, I met with a Senior Vice President at one of the nation’s largest banks to get his career advice. Of all the great pieces of advice he gave me, one has stuck out through the years. He said that when someone asks you how you’re doing, respond: “I’m freakin’ awesome!” It’s certainly over the top which he was aware of, but he’s right. People like to work with people ...
Posted: Oct 04 2017 @ 5:45 AM
You go into work on time everyday and do everything that is expected of you. You complete your assignments on time. You get along with your coworkers. You understand how your job fits into the company’s goals. Your boss and your coworkers know that you are crushing it. But you can’t seem to get noticed for a raise or promotion. That can get frustrating for even the hardest working employee. If you ...
Posted: Sep 27 2017 @ 5:45 AM
The Peter Principle is a management theory that says an employee will continue to get promoted until he is in a role where he is incompetent. In other words, if Sam was a great Associate he gets promoted to Senior Associate. Since he was also a great Senior Associate, he becomes a Manager. Once again, he does a great job as a Manager so he gets promoted to Director. But he’s ...
Posted: Sep 20 2017 @ 5:45 AM
Anyone with more than 30 years of work experience can tell you how email has changed business. Maybe your boss has told you how it’s changed work: You can get answers to questions much faster, reference old conversations with a quick search in your inbox, and even work remotely now because of it. But like all types of communication, you need to use it well to get the most out ...
Posted: Sep 13 2017 @ 5:45 AM
Employees often get frustrated with their lack of autonomy. We have a great idea to help make your department more efficient. We want to work from home occasionally to save time commuting. We want to take on a few tasks from another department so you can learn more about the company as a whole. But you feel frustrated that you aren’t allowed to do those things. Sometimes, getting the autonomy to ...
Posted: Sep 06 2017 @ 5:45 AM
For anyone who’s worked in an office, you know that your wardrobe plays a part in how people react to you. The better you dress, the more senior you appear. Dressing appropriately for your job is part of developing your interpersonal skills for your career. While I dress well, I’m no expert so I’ve asked Sunjeev Prasad of Street Gentlemen to write about dressing well for the workplace. He does 1-on-1 ...
Posted: Aug 30 2017 @ 5:45 AM
One thing I’ve learned from talking to successful executives and entrepreneurs is that things don’t go according to plan. You can plan your future, make smart decisions, and work hard, but life won’t turn out the way you expected. One executive told me that when he started his career he was in the operations side of a large company. Over the years, he advanced up the ranks of that company to ...
Posted: Aug 23 2017 @ 5:45 AM
You know the jitters of starting a new job. You feel a combination of excitement, nervousness, and stress in your stomach. It’s a rush of unknown possibilities: a new boss, a new company, a new role. There are so many unknowns but also so many possibilities for success. You might be leaving a job you liked for greener pastures. Or you might be leaving a job you hated for something that ...
Posted: Aug 16 2017 @ 5:45 AM


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