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[RED DEMOCRATICA] How a bad job can improve a career


How a bad job can improve a career | A brief history of the Peter Principle | Good communication starts with good listening
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December 24, 2014
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How a bad job can improve a career
Having a bad job can hold many lessons in leadership, handling confrontation and clarifying career goals, career expert Michelle Kruse writes in this blog post. "Having a job that makes you unhappy will cause you to consider the kind of job you really want," Kruse writes. Brazen Careerist/Brazen Life blog (12/22)
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A brief history of the Peter Principle
Published in 1969, "The Peter Principle" popularized the notion that people keep winning promotions until they move beyond their competence, resulting in organizations filled with leaders incapable of performing well. The book sparked a body of subsequent work trying to refine or challenge its thesis, with some researchers arguing that "courageous, honest, and credible" subordinates can exercise upward pressure to keep their bosses on track. "Of course if everyone were like that, 'The Peter Principle' would probably never have been written," notes Andrea Ovans. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (12/22)
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Good communication starts with good listening
To communicate effectively, bosses need to learn to listen well, writes Paul LaRue. That means overcoming external pressures such as limited time, and internal obstacles such as your own emotions. "When we give the other person center stage and engage in active and constructive listening, we elevate communication to [its] highest level, a level in which trust is built and visions are shared," LaRue writes. The Upwards Leader (12/21)
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The Landscape
Ad agency creates millennials-only "Base Camp" office space
Grey New York has created a millennials-only section of its office to ease the cultural rift between younger and older employees. The "Base Camp" section is popular with millennial workers, who say it leads them to consider the importance of each of their requests and needs. "They're going to see amongst themselves who's doing a good job and who's then rewarded for it," said Michael Houston, Grey's North America CEO. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/22)
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Your Next Challenge
How to tell when a project is worthwhile
Deciding whether to put your time and resources into a new initiative takes some thought, writes Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group. "You might feel that the venture you're considering might be too good to pass up, but you have to keep in mind how it will affect your other projects down the road," he writes. Branson also recommends digging for hidden risks in ventures that seem particularly promising. Entrepreneur online (12/22)
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The Water Cooler
Hiring managers share embarrassing interview moments
A survey of hiring managers indicates interview mistakes they saw this year included a prospect showing up with his dog, and another performing a song-and-dance routine. One interviewer admitted to walking into a closet instead of a meeting room. Fortune (12/23)
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