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First-year analysts are making noise about their ‘inhumane’ working conditions. It’s tempting not to care, but it’s their world and we’re living in it

Paul Strand, Wall Street, 1916 / Library of Congress

So should we worried about the young Goldman Sachs’ bankers? Maybe the answer lies in not…

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Don’t seek to be liked, seek to be respected

Saying “no” at work is a much trickier…


More than a year after the line between work and home blurred, instead of expecting our colleagues to be “professional,” maybe we can allow them to be “human”

A black and white photo of a tuxedo cat sitting at a desktop computer. The cat appears to be on Zoom with six other cats.
A black and white photo of a tuxedo cat sitting at a desktop computer. The cat appears to be on Zoom with six other cats.
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How do I tell my team to be professional on our calls and keep their pets off Zoom?

Within half an hour, the post had received more than two hundred comments, most of which can be summed up as: “You don’t.”

As anyone who has ever had a pet knows, the moment you vanquish them from…


I was in my mid-30s when I started my company — my curiosity and determination far outstripped my expertise

Al Franken as Stuart Smalley during SNL’s the ‘Daily Affirmation’ skit on February 13, 1983. Photo by Al Levine/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

‘I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.’

That mantra was introduced into popular culture by a 1980s “Saturday Night Live” character named Stuart Smalley, who mindfully recited his daily affirmation into an ornate, full-length mirror. While my twenty-something self (at the time) enjoyed the sheer comic value of Stuart’s shtick, it wasn’t until later on in my life that I would realize the indelible impact that Stuart’s words had on me. …


The fact that you’re considering joining one is a sign that change is needed

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Either way, you’re considering joining a startup. You know that a young company would offer you new opportunities that you can’t get at your current job. You’re inspired by people like Eric and Rita:

“I left Uber to join Vareto, a seed-stage startup. It was a difficult decision because…


The professional networking platform showcases everything gone wrong with the attention economy

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And while the hardest hit were those in the service industry — cooks, waiters, bartenders, cleaners, and hotel staff, to name a few — large numbers of “knowledge workers” also found themselves unemployed. College seniors, many of whom had hoped to begin careers in entry-level roles in fields like marketing…


Along with a few other tips to make video less painful

Screen of multiple work colleagues on video call
Screen of multiple work colleagues on video call
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I clicked on the Zoom invitation and was taken to a black screen. Moments later, I heard a voice: “Michael, what’s up?”

For the next 30 minutes, my friend, Austin Belcak, and I talked in darkness about life and career advice. Prior to wrapping up the call, I asked him about not including the video option. “It doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing. My main priority is to keep my sanity, and video calls steal my energy.” he said.

Austin then went on to explain that instead of giving people an option, on his invitation, he normally just sends…


My take on the Hulu doc — from a filmmaker at a WeWork on-demand “hot desk”


What happens to your business when you get taken out of commission?

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Take a second to ask yourself this question: What happens to your team, your company, and your livelihood when a personal crisis takes you out of commission? The more of a leader you are, the deeper your absence will be felt. …


I learned more from bored, antsy, innovative teenagers during the pandemic than I have in my entire entrepreneurial career

Teenage girl laying down upside down on a couch using her smartphone
Teenage girl laying down upside down on a couch using her smartphone
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Last March, I donned a “this too shall pass” attitude, as I’m guessing many of us did. …

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