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Striking out on my own

What I have learned is that we really don't know our capabilities and capacities until we are pushed well beyond our limits.

By Marissa Levin | August 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

4 mistakes I can't shake

One of the reasons I am a successful writer and speaker is because I have made so many mistakes as I've built my business. I have a lot of material to work with.

By Marissa Levin | August 1, 2010; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Pitfalls and opportunities

You can succeed in a workplace where you disagree with the means to the end. But not when you don't agree with the philosophy or mission. It will drive you nearly insane.

By Jan Scruggs | July 1, 2010; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Be influential or quit

I've noticed over the years that when the people who are driving change wear a lot of holiday clothing, your chances of global impact are minimal.

By Garrison Wynn | July 1, 2010; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fleeting fame

I was on my way to the beach when my boss toldme I had to come back early to "screen test" for a children's news show. Surely, it was a boondoggle. But it turned out to be a great experience.

By Patricia McGuire | July 1, 2010; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

A new perspective

A month after quitting my job in Bethesda, Md., and several attempts at finding a new, more fulfilling job, I found myself struggling to feel like I was worth anything.

By Misti Burmeister | June 26, 2010; 03:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Paradigm shifters

The book "Women Don't Ask" asks: 'How can you reach your goals or have what you want if you don't ask?' This book is excellent at outlining why this tendency exists for women, and then strategies for how to ask for what we want.

By Jeanine Cogan | June 25, 2010; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

History lessons

For a cautionary tale of risk management gone awry, few books can match Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." And for those looking to triumph against the odds, check out "A Hope in the Unseen."

By Patricia McGuire | June 24, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

5 fantastic reads

For me, the best business book is 'Good To Great' by Jim Collins. One critical point the author notes is the importance of hiring the right people to work for you.

By Kristina Bouweiri | June 24, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

My Business Bibles

What I loved about Malcolm Gladwell's 'Outliers' is that it emphasizes the need for mastery -- 10,000 hours of practice for anything to achieve mastery.

By Marissa Levin | June 24, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

From books to boardroom

Stay away from quick-fix books. Read books that challenge and force you to think beyond your daily grind. Or pick up the paper and read Dilbert.

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | June 24, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Almost famous

I became a department head at a Fortune 500 company at age 27. My next stop? I became a professional stand-up comedian.

By Garrison Wynn | June 23, 2010; 05:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Accidental entrepreneur

It's usually impossible to foresee where our choices and decisions lead us ... and they usually lead us somewhere vastly different than where we anticipated.

By Marissa Levin | June 22, 2010; 02:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Never give up

In 1981, I left the security of the federal government. I had a dream for a national Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Placing these names on Washington's Mall became was an personal obsession. This was my mission above all else in life.

By Jan Scruggs | June 21, 2010; 06:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

A perfect surprise

Just out of college, I never would have predicted that I would become the CEO of the largest limousine service in Washington, D.C. However, this is the perfect job for me.

By Kristina Bouweiri | June 21, 2010; 05:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Explore, and listen

I've learned the only way to find out what I'm really good at and where I add the most value is to explore.

By Misti Burmeister | June 21, 2010; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (5)

Career coincidence

The best preparation for success lies in seizing opportunities to learn new things every day. What's most important is not what I learned in school, but how I keep learning to meet the challenges I could not have imagined even five years ago.

By Patricia McGuire | June 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

An unexpected journey

To anyone dumped into this tight job market: Imagine yourself happy, engaged and energized by your work. Take the best job you can find and commit yourself to doing it well. Solve the group's problems and make its goals your own.

By Hile Rutledge | June 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Variety is a lot more fun

People are often surprised when they learn I have two separate careers -- as a lawyer and as a movie critic. But I love switching back and forth. And I especially love the exuberance of starting over in a completely different field.

By Nell Minow | June 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Find your anchor

First I was an English teacher. Then I was a training manager and later, a human resources director. Then I got a doctorate in organizational psychology. Now I teach graduate school and coach, counsel, and consult. Notice something about all of these jobs?

By Virginia Bianco-Mathis | June 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Trust yourself

Whose voices are you listening to? What is a truth about your career that you are not hearing? What would you be doing in your life right now if you listened to that truth?

By Jeanine Cogan | June 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

 
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