Fresh Look – Your job satisfaction and your boss

As I think about my own career, it is clear that my work satisfaction hinged on my boss. In particular, the more competent my boss the more satisfied I was with my job. Apparently, this was common, for a recent…

Fresh Look – Opt for a first job that stretches you

After receiving my MBA, I worked for an oil company in corporate HR. One of my first assignments was to investigate the MBA career tournament scheme at AT&T.[1] Basically, that company hired more MBAs than they needed, gave their new…

Fresh Look – Good news for supportive leaders

Ever feel like you are trying hard to be a supportive leader and team player, but you don’t have any political influence over others? This is an awful feeling and one that can easily lead to cynicism. When cynicism creeps…

Fresh Look – When joining a political team makes sense

Early in my career I noticed that among senior level managers, the HR person was often a woman, usually the only woman on the executive team. In spite of being in the minority, however, these women were always very influential…

Fresh Look – To get ahead, act modestly.

In a recent post, I discussed the value of being humble if you are a leader. Apparently, the value of humility extends to non-leaders as well, for it has been shown that one display of humility, modesty, is related to…

Fresh Look – Does the grass look greener?

It is prudent to consider what is ahead if you change employers. Under most circumstances, you will likely experience a honeymoon period where your satisfaction with the new job will rise.[1] However, just like clockwork, your satisfaction will soon plummet…

The benefits of being a little obsessive-compulsive

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is no laughing matter. The victims of OCD experience uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors they feel compelled to perform. People who have OCD recognize that their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational—but even so, they…

Reactions to career setbacks

Every career is punctuated by ups and downs. Even the most successful person has to adjust to losses, and there are interesting differences in how men and women do so. According to a new study, men react to losing by…

The career implications of romances with your boss

Everyone knows that having an affair with your boss is unwise, but is that really true? Yes it is. A number of studies show that romantic involvement with your boss is career limiting.[1] A new study shows, for example, that…

Make sure your organization’s career culture fits your needs

In doing executive and management development work, I always tried to get a clear sense of the career culture of the people I was working with. By career culture I mean “the shared norms, assumptions, and artifacts that shape the…