Speak up! Promote yourself! Network!
It seems like most of the advice out there on how to succeed at work is really great-for extroverts. In fact, much of how the modern workplace is set up is really great for extroverts: Ideas are developed in brainstorming sessions. Offices are increasingly designed with open floor plans. People are encouraged to speak up at meetings.
So, what if you're an introvert?
As an introvert myself-someone who recharges, feels most energized, and works best alone-I've had to navigate jobs that included frequent public speaking, meeting with new people, and performing customer service. And while I've largely had to learn by trial and error, it turns out there are specific strategies that introverts can employ to work effectively (and stay sane) in an extrovert's world. I sat down with Susan Cain, author of the New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts, to learn more.
- The Daily Muse | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 19, 2012 10:51 AM EDT
Speak up! Promote yourself! Network!
Photo: ThinkstockBy Caitlin Shetterly
1. "The bills aren't my job."Read More »from 5 Money Lies Women Tell Themselves
I'm unfortunately very familiar with this lie. When the recession sunk its claws into our lives, and my husband, Dan, was left unemployed for over nine months before going back to school, we realized that there were some little lies we'd gotten into the habit of telling ourselves that were making it harder for us to bail out. By then we'd had our first child, and the combination of the recession and becoming a mom all in a matter of months had left me overwhelmed. One night, when my son was two weeks old, I said to Dan: "I can't do the bills anymore. They have to be your job." Now, it's true that busy families often divvy up the tasks--"You clean the kitchen while I put the kids to sleep"--and the bills can feel like just another one of those parceled-out chores. Except here's the problem: Dropping that mountain on one person's shoulders, especially during tough times, and thinking that they'll be able to manage it while you
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 19, 2012 9:18 AM EDT
The 7 Biggest Financial Mistakes Couples Make and How to Fix Them
While most married folks find themselves arguing about money at some point, mounting financial problems have the power to unravel otherwise strong relationships.
Mary Claire Allvine, a certified financial planner and co-author of The Family CFO: The Couple's Business Plan for Love and Money told SmartMoney Magazine, "People tend to be emotional and reactive about money, not strategic." As long as we're being honest completely with ourselves, it's probably fair to say just about every financial mistake we've ever made is attributable to emotions. Gah, stupid feelings.
For many of us, it's not until we find ourselves facing financial challenges that we give our finances the attention they deserve. In an effort to calm the financial waters, we offer the 7 biggest financial mistakes couples make, along with fiscally sound advice for how to solve them all after the jump!
Keeping your money separate1.
By Gina Briles, Cheapism.com
Outlet malls attract bargain-hunters in droves and claim to offer significant savings over retail, but have you ever wondered what you're really getting for your money? Is it worth making a special trip to the factory outlets for summer gear, or will you do better shopping the sales at your retail mall?
Cheapism enlisted a secret shopper to find answers to these questions. Our researcher compared summertime staples in the areas of quality, selection, and price in order to separate good deals from clever marketing. We conducted a similar exercise prior to the holiday shopping season.Jewelry was 40% off at the Banana Republic outlet.
Here's what we found: Outlet shopping can yield good deals if you know what to look for and forswear illusions about what you're buying. For the best selection of sizes, colors and styles, and often for the most convenient locations, retail malls are destination of choice. Moreover, product quality and customer experience are generally on a higher level. But ifRead More »from Outlet Vs. Retail - Summer Shopping Comparison
Montblanc's 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles Huge Success Raising Over $200K for the Urban Arts PartnershipBy Eye Spy | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 5:06 PM EDT
Montblanc's 24 Hour Plays: Los AngelesLast night Montblanc and Urban Arts Partnership presented the highly anticipated return of THE 24 HOUR PLAYS BENEFIT, now in its second year in Los Angeles, on Saturday June 16, 2012.
The biggest names in Hollywood joined forces to participate in this one-night-only live performance, produced by Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri of the Freestyle Picture Company and the 24 Hour Company. The entire creative process, from writing to directing and finally performance, took place in under 24 hours!Montblanc's CEO of North America Jan Patrick Schmitz and actor Joshua Jackson at the 24 Hour Plays After Party presented by Montblanc
Montblanc and Urban Arts Partnership was proud of the impressive cast, which included Jason Biggs (American Pie series, Mad Love), Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time, Thor), Brooklyn Decker (What to Expect When you're Expecting, Just Go With It), Ashley Greene (Twilight), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Race to Witch Mountain), Lamorne Morris (New Girl, The Guild), Diane Neal (Law and Order: SVU), Rosie Perez (Gods Behaving Badly, Pineapple Express), Jason Ritter (Parenthood, TheRead More »from Montblanc's 24 Hour Plays: Los Angeles Huge Success Raising Over $200K for the Urban Arts Partnership
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 4:02 PM EDT
"American Tapestry," New York Times reporter Rachel L. Swarns explores the family history of Michelle Obama and discovers that the first lady's roots are entwined with those of white slave-owners in 19th-century Georgia. The revelation has sparked a discussion about people and power and shows that while some want to celebrate the distant connections between blacks and whites, plenty more are still uncomfortable and angry about racial issues in America.In Read More »from Michelle Obama's White Heritage: New Book Explores Her Roots, Race
Related: When it comes to politics, are we more racist than we think?
"My family, well, they were just your most basic people who never had a lot. I never imagined they owned slaves," Joan Tribble, 69, told Swarns. Her great-great grandfather, Henry Wells Shield, owned a 200-acre farm near Rex, Georgia. He also owned Obama's great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, who came to his farm as an 8-year-old slave -- torn from her parents, valued at $475 after her owner died -- in 1852.
Swarns' book, an excerpt of which ran
- CNBC | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 3:28 PM EDT
By Robert Frank, CNBC.comRead More »from Millionaire Parents Say Their Kids Are Unfit to Inherit
Remember Gina Rinehart, the Australian billionaire who was recently called the richest woman in the world? Before that, she was mostly in the news for disparaging her children.
Gina Rinehart, chairwoman of Hancock Prospecting Pty. In a battle over the family trust, Ms. Rinehart said the kids "lacked the requisite capacity or skill, knowledge, experience, judgment or responsible work ethic" to manage the business and inheritance.
It turns out, it's not just mining billionaires who doubt their kids' money skills. A new study from U.S. Trust says that only half of millionaire baby boomers think it's important to leave money to their kids. A third of them said they would rather leave the money to charity rather than their kids.
There are two explanations for their stinginess.
The kind explanation is that today's boomers want their kids to grow up with the same middle-class values they had. They want their offspring to learn struggle and hard work and failure and the joys of earned success and all the other
By GalTime Consumer Watchdog Mary Schwager
speak geekCan you speak geek? Can you understand geek? When you walk into an electronics store within 30 seconds of conversing with a sales person does it all start to sound geek to you? For example, how does your mind process the following terms:
Is a Teraflop:
A: Cute and cruelty free earthy flip flops
B: About one trillion floating-point operations per second
Is a Kilobyte:
A: An amount of cocaine seized in a bust
B: A measurement of computer storage
A: Feelings of intense pain
B: A measurement of processing or memory speed
A: Peta's endorsement on certain brands of cute and cruelty free manufactured flip flops
B: A measurement of computer speed
You may have figured it out: A is always the wrong answer. But if the A's were the choice that made the most sense in your mind, you may want to consider Dr. Thomas Shelden Griggs aka, "The Geek Whisperer's" 7 Steps forRead More »from 7 Ways to Speak 'Geek'
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 12:53 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Someone wants to hide a few nickels and dimes from you, but they can forget about it. You're in an investigative mood, and you'll hunt down every last penny today. They could really add up on a day like today, too, so let your inner bloodhound run loose.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Maya-Aztec Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're feeling good today, and it shows. Your positive attitude is influencing those around you in more ways than you can calculate. It boosts your bottom line as well as those of others. It's not the kind of mood you can predict so make the most of it.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Chakra Reading
Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily FinanceScopes -- Tuesday June 19, 2012
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You have some catching up to do. Whether it's bills, deadlines or just cleaning your desk, you can't afford to put things off for
- The Daily Muse | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 11:46 AM EDT
Walking into our first premarital counseling session, my fiancé, Trevor, and I were nervous-more nervous, in fact, than we'd ever been going into a job interview. What if our counselor told us we couldn't get married? That we weren't compatible enough?Read More »from Surprising Career Lessons I Learned in Premarital Counseling
But that's not the point of premarital counseling: You and your intended have already made the decision to get married, and after a few years of dating, know each other well. The point is to take a look at the expectations you're bringing into your marriage, learn how to communicate them, and figure out how to successfully merge them.
Which, if you think about it, is the same goal you have when you're working with a team at work. Everyone brings different backgrounds, experiences, and expectations to the table-and you have to figure out how to make them work together in order to get the job done. So, why not use some of those same relationship-building skills with your boss and co-workers? Here are the three biggest lessons I've
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