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by John Coleman | 7:00 AM August 30, 2012 Are you stalled in a project at work, waiting on someone else to take initiative to get things moving? Are you in a broken professional relationship — with a manager, coworker, or employee — hoping the other person assumes blame and fixes the issue? Are you looking for an easy way to get focused or improve your productivity — a silver bullet from an unexpected source? One of the most common momentum killers I've seen in my professional life is our propensity to wait for someone else to act, take initiative, assume blame, or take charge. But very often, no help comes.
By Lesley Mitler There’s a nasty trend sweeping the entry-level job world. At first, I overlooked it, thinking it was some kind of mistake. But now, I’ve seen it so often, and it’s clear, this is no mistake. What’s going on? Take a look at the qualifications section of any entry-level job posting .
By SARAH E. NEEDLEMAN Jeremy Atkins doesn't have a shred of artistic talent, but he still enjoys many of the benefits he would get as a successful comic-book illustrator. Mr. Atkins, 30 years old and a collector of comics since childhood, gets free passes to trade shows, discounts on his favorite toys and the chance to hobnob with such industry luminaries as Frank Miller, creator of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. The perks come with his job as director of publicity for Dark Horse Comics Inc.
Staying motivated when job hunting is tough. You start off excited and energized, ready to make a big change and move up in the world. But by the end, you can't wait for it to be over. You're mentally drained and physically exhausted, unprepared for the difficulties of the endeavor.
Last month we announced Opportunity: What is Working. It's a partnership with businesses, foundations and education to find real solutions to the problem every American faces: Joblessness. This is not some abstract, hidden or relative problem. The lack of jobs means that we're all one economic crisis away from economic disaster. Even you think you are immune, because of your skills, professional experience or nest egg, you are not.
Fast Company wants you to have your best year yet in 2012; click for more advice and tips on how to work smarter, manage your career, and lead a more meaningful life.
Matthew Hussey: The Tech Revolution Is Here -- The Pioneering New Company Changing How We Teach Children (and Adults) About TechnologyLast month, Thomas Suarez stood up in front of a packed TEDx conference in Los Angeles and talked about his app development company, CarrotCorp. A fairly typical presentation you might think. Except Suarez has yet to finish what we in the UK would call primary school.
Our How-To section reveals Rethink’s inner workings. You’ll find out how we use research, how we prepare for client presentations, and how we’ve revolutionized sock puppetry. It’s a great resource for new and potential Rethinkers. And it gives us the chance to do a little in-house movie making. Which means we get to use the sound studio we built in one of our old office vaults.