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When you prioritize seeing people, they’ll follow you to the ends of the earth.

kantver with my friend Paul

The moment I heard the words “Let’s go!” — I froze. It was my second day at my first sales job. The place was Baltimore. The year was 2002. The corporate trainer had instructed us to break off into small groups to do the typical role-plays most sane people dread to get more comfortable on the phone.

“Mike!” I heard my name being shouted from across the room. “Mike!”

After figuring out how to use my legs again, I walked over to my manager in a state of pure panic. …


We ran an experiment to find out.

The four-day workweek is making headlines again.

It first made the rounds back in 2008 when Utah state government employees began working ten-hour days from Monday to Thursday. A decade later, in the summer of 2019, Microsoft Japan trialed a four-day workweek, and it noted a 40 percent increase in sales per employee before curiously returning to the five-day workweek.

Now, Buffer, a tech company with 89 employees, is igniting the conversation again, particularly as the pandemic, remote work, and the blurring of lines between home and work has resulted in people working, on average, longer hours than ever before.


According to the world’s leading experts on the science of networks Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.

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Imagine you are invited for a job interview. It’s your desired company and position, and you try your best to get an offer.

You are well-prepared, looking confident and formal enough to make a positive first impression.

Now it is showtime. You open a friendly conversation, try to establish a personal connection, and sell your skills as well as you can. You know an employer is already interested in you. Your job with the interview is not to change their mind.

Once the interview ends, you repeat the conversation in your head over again. You assess your answers and try…


Have we arrived at a new age of outsourcing?

Woman on the sofa with an orange tabby cat and her tablet computer
Woman on the sofa with an orange tabby cat and her tablet computer
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Economists have long debated the impact of outsourcing on American jobs, with many fearing it would lead to a loss of employment opportunities within the US. Some of that fear is justified; in a study released by the Economic Policy Institute, American companies sent more than 5 million jobs to other countries (where labor and/or supply chain were cheaper) since 1998. There have been signs, however, that outsourcing practices are changing.

For one thing, corporations are starting to see downsides as research and development (higher paying and skill level positions) are also heading overseas. Eventually, nations once farmed for labor…


Learn to recognize when your ‘dip’ becomes a bottomless pit

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Much has been made of the idea that you will face a “dip” before your effort on a new project, a new career path, or a new hobby pays off. That’s great advice. Unless you’re in the dip forever. And in the meantime, your opportunity costs are mounting, then metastasizing and cutting you off from anything else worthwhile that you could be doing.

The self help-osphere is saturated with mantras like “it’s darkest right before the dawn,” and “never give up on your goals.”

But, speaking as someone who has in fact found success only after giving up on projects…


If you can’t quit yet, try this

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“I can’t stand this place. I hate our boss, our coworkers, and the work itself. I want to quit, but I can’t right now. I need this job,” I vented, my eyes welling with tears.

My coworker smiled knowingly and said, “I hate it here too.”

Surprised, I replied, “Really? You always seem so happy! I would have never guessed.”

“Oh, I can’t wait to get out of here. In the meantime, I’ve got some advice for you: Do things for the job you wish you had while you work for this company. Turn each workday into a training session…


Why work-from-home will soon be a distant memory

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Journalists and commentators are excitable folks who live within a bubble of the permanent present. Knowing nothing of history, nor in fact of anything much at all, media types reliably imagine the future by simply extrapolating in a straight line from whatever transient circumstances happen to exist at the moment they are doing their prognosticating.

Not surprisingly, the value of these prognostications is almost always very slight indeed.

As far back in time as most people can remember (e.g., two months ago), all the chatter was about the future of work being a blend of work-from-home with one or two…


You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

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I can’t believe I’m about to tell the world my starting salary. Part of me thinks this is a terrible idea. But fortune favors the bold, right? I’m doing this because transparency around numbers would’ve helped me immensely when entering the job market. So, here goes.

I was the worst — the literal worst negotiator when I started my career. You know why? Because I never negotiated. It’s like that famous quote from Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I never took a shot. I was so desperate and scared when I was looking for…


The future of work is hybrid

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I’ve never worked full time for an employer in my life. I’ve been in total control of the way I work for years. It’s been a fulfilling journey so far. I would happily do it all over again.

A lot has changed in the last two years. Whether you work for someone else or work for yourself, you’ve probably experienced one of the many uncertainties people in the modern world work face today.

Right now, many employers are rethinking how, when and where employees work. Many business leaders were forced to embrace remote work because of the pandemic.

Today, many…


If you give up WFH, how much shadow work are you introducing into your life?

It’s a cool car, but she’s still going to have to account for the time it takes to drive that to work. Maybe, if she didn’t spend so many hours working, she could manage to darn those pants. Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

It’s spring, and it feels like the first spring after a year of frustration. Pandemics, masks, working from home — all of it has blurred the line between “work time” and “free time.”

But now, with most workers getting vaccinated (at least in the United States, where I work in a large and fairly liberal city), there are discussions ongoing about what will be the eventual fate of Work From Home (WFH). Will offices open back up? Will we adopt a hybrid schedule of only spending some portion of the work week in-office?

I’m paying close attention to the suggestions…

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