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5 Career Lessons of the Clinton/Obama Race

June 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough Just a quick note before I get the comments: there’s no Obama or Hillary bias intended here. I’ve not been a supporter of either candidate. 1) Experience is not always a trump card. There are times when all the experience in the world is not what people are looking for. Because… […]

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Tags: Office Politcs · WorkLife

The True Office Power Brokers

May 14th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough 1) The Administrative Assistant- On the one hand, the administrative assistants and secretaries keep the world turning. They route the communications, schedule the workday, make the meetings happen, facilitate the introductions and most importantly, manage your manager. You always want to be deferential to their power to keep you in the […]

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Tags: Getting Ahead · Office Politcs

How To Kiss Butt For Fun And Profit

March 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough I offer up this post, not as an endorsement of kissing butt, but as an informational essay. Let’s face it… we all have negative feelings about ass kissers. And yet, we all know that, as a strategy for getting ahead in life, kissing butt can’t be beat. People wouldn’t do it […]

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Tags: Getting Ahead · Office Politcs

7 Ways To Get Credit For Your Work (When You’re Not Gettin’ Any)

March 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough This is another post prompted by an Ask Brian question I got via email that was too narrow to post here, but got me thinking along these lines. A lot of people toil away in their jobs, doing good work, working hard… only to see lesser, stupider people jump ahead of […]

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Tags: Getting Ahead · Office Politcs

Working From Home Not For Everyone

February 12th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Technology is reaching the point where I can carry my entire office in my pocket. And various software packages now allow me to access my office materials from any computer anywhere in the world. It almost feels like we’re getting to that mythical point where being physically present in an office […]

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Tags: Office Politcs · Productivity · WorkLife

When Your Boss Is On Facebook

February 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Chalk this up as another inevitability of our age. Ever since social networks have been around, they’ve sort of been like the music your parents wouldn’t like because the music was too loud. You could post pictures from your keg party because you knew no one of any authority or importance […]

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Tags: ... Or Hardly Working? · Computers Work 4 U · My Dumb Boss · Office Politcs

7 Embarrassing Breaches of Workplace Etiquette

January 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough If we put our heads together, we can surely add a bunch to this list. Pitch in with your favorites in the comments. C/O TimesOnline for the original post. P.S.: Yes, that’s British slang you’re reading. I’ve included links to definitions. 1. Losing track of gossip. There’s nothing worse than sharing […]

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Tags: Office Politcs · Office Pranks

Office Warfare, By Sun Tzu

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough There’s a great post up at Dumb Little Man giving you a rundown of office-politics survival-strategies. It’s an unusually well thought-out post, as these sort of posts go, and it reads a bit like Sun Tzu mixed with Machiavelli. Some of my favorite techniques: Before Engaging in Political Battle, Know How […]

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Tags: Office Politcs · WorkLife

How To Tell When A Co-Worker Is Lying

January 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Posted by Brian McCullough Some of us work in pleasant, civilized workplaces. The rest of us live in a cut-throat jungle full of back-stabbings, double-crosses and deceit. It’s hard to get ahead in the office politics rat-race if you don’t have a good sense of when someone is lying straight to your face. You know […]

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Obama And Today’s Workplace

January 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Posted by Brian McCullough Career blogging Godmother Penelope Trunk has an interesting post up about Barack Obama’s Iowa victory and what it tells us about the workplace. A lot of it I agree with: This is a metaphor for the workplace. The young people have, effectively, shifted the balance of power to themselves, and the […]

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Tags: Office Politcs · WorkLife · Young Professionals