Month: March 2014

The Ineluctable Euphoria of Solving Your Employer’s Problems

Arthur C. Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, made an interesting observation in this Sunday’s New York Times.  He wrote, “Problem solvers are happier than bystanders and victims of circumstances.”  It could have been an aphorism for Career Activism. Career Activists face two kinds of problems: those which occur in the course of

GUI Careers

Income inequality is higher now than even during the time of Great Gatsby and the Titanic. And yet, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, just 21 percent of today’s employed workers say they plan to make a move in the next year or two.  That’s far below the historical norm for a recovery when workers

Good (Career) Literature Deserves Some Respect

There was an engaging article about book clubs in this past Sunday’s New York Times.  As a writer, I was thrilled to learn that there are still millions of Americans who not only sit still long enough to read a book, but they then invest an hour or two of their time to discuss it

Separating Yourself From the Shadows

I came across an interesting word in the newspaper the other day and was struck by how little we talk about it in conjunction with our careers. The word was “interiority.”  In today’s obsessive concern with the externality of our careers – with the push to make more money or to find greater security in

For Security at Work Be a Poet

We’ve all heard the news reports about the rise of machines in the workplace.  In the past, robots did manual labor; today they do professional work.  Stock analysts, nurses, telemarketers, even journalists are now being handed their pink slips thanks to some pushy machine. So, what should a Career Activist do? The experts suggest that

The Muscle of Your Success

We all want to know where good things come from.  If we know their origin, we are better able to revisit the source and get more.  That’s why I was intrigued by a statement in last week’s Time magazine.  It noted that Mark Twain once said good ideas begin in the muscles.  He was both

Act Like Pi in Your Career

Today is March 14th or what mathematicians call 314 – Pi Day.  It celebrates the world’s most famous irrational number – called that because it never falls into a repetitious pattern, but instead is always changing.  That’s a great description for how we should now manage our careers. Pick up any newspaper, let alone a

Your Brain is More Than a Meat Computer

Michio Kaku has been described as a “popular scientist.”  It’s a term used for really smart people who can talk about esoteric subjects in a way everybody else can understand.  His latest book, The Future of the Mind, takes us into the inner workings of the brain – an exhilarating frontier that is only now

Avoiding Career Cardiac Arrest

Have you heard of the new tag on the Internet?  It’s tl;dr – which is Web-speak for “too long; don’t read.”  While it’s most often used to describe an article that challenges today’s gnat-like attention span, the critique actually reflects a much larger challenge.  As one columnist recently described it in The New York Times,

Silent Layoffs

You don’t hear much about them these days.  With the economy improving, layoffs have slipped from the frontal lobes of most cable news anchors and newspaper reporters.  They haven’t disappeared, however, and that’s what makes them even more dangerous to Career Activists.  Like hypertension, silent layoffs are the career killers that sneak up on you.