Murphy's Law

How to Control the Uncontrollable in Your Career

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When Training Leads to Turnover

In a jobless recovery, such as the one we are still in, if an employee sees an opportunity for training, it would behoove them to take it. In many cases, opportunities for advancement at one’s company are few and far between and the only saving grace is to gain additional skills to hightail it out of there when the going really gets tough. Another benefit, if said company does not reap the rewards of a newly trained employee, is once that person leaves, he/she will be less likely to sue you for any indignation they may have experienced along the way. Usually those that take the skills and run, are looking forward, not backward. And, you didn’t have to pay a severance or increased unemployment insurance. See, everyone wins!

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Turn Down That Promotion. Why? Stress.

Stress, and the fact that in some organizations, it can be the equivalent of a rat running incessantly on it’s habitat wheel. That’s right, round and round you go until you realize you are worn down to a nub and a scrap of what you used to be. Ask yourself, is it really worth it? Remember Bud Fox from Wall Street, “Tell me, Gordon—when does it all end? How many yachts can you water-ski behind? How much is enough?”

How much is enough for you?

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The Pros And Cons Of Forced Rankings: A Manager's Perspective

My advice, let’s forget the labels, the innuendo, the sophomoric “culture chat” and let’s just get real. Appraisals are really a thing of the past. Want to be progressive and have performance work for you? Move to job evaluations quarterly so that people “expect expectations.” I know, radical concept, huh?

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How many times have you heard someone discuss the need to maintain health insurance for themselves or their family as a factor in an important personal, job-change, or life choice? If the health-insurance exchanges that Obamacare promises work at all well, a new era of personal freedom beckons.
Steve Coll on Obamacare and the future of work: (via newyorker)

(Source:, via newyorker)