5 questions to ask your next boss - Ask Annie -Fortune Management FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: At the end of your recent column about cultural "fit," the expert you quoted said that most job candidates don't ask enough questions. But what should interviewees ask, especially when talking with a prospective boss? I'm now in my second job since graduating from college in 2006 and, while my boss and I get along all right most of the time, I can't help feeling like we don't connect very well or really understand each other. Part of it might be that we just don't have that much in common, so I find myself explaining things about my approach to my work that I think would be self-evident if our backgrounds were more similar. I'm not job hunting right now but, in case I decide to make a move, are there specific questions people can ask in a job interview to determine whether they and a potential boss are a good match?
Figure out if your career switch is worth the investment by calculating your ROI. (MONEY Magazine) -- The key measurement in deciding where to put your money is the expected ROI, or "return on investment." History and the current state of the economy allow you to make an informed guess about how different assets or classes of assets will perform in the future. Calculating ROI is straightforward enough: You take the final value of an investment, subtract what it cost you, and divide the result by your cost to arrive at the percentage yield. Buy a stock for $20 and sell it for $25 in a year, and your ROI is 25% (not counting trading costs). Is your career switch actually worth the investment? - Oct. 28
Why Appreciation Matters So Much - Tony Schwartz by Tony Schwartz | 9:44 AM January 23, 2012 I’ve just returned from an offsite with our team at The Energy Project. As we concluded, I asked each person to take a few moments to say what he or she felt most proud of accomplishing over the past year.
Answer: Successful entrepreneurs are skilled at timing the market Here's why: According to the Harvard paper, "The industry-year success rate in the first venture is the best predictor of success in the subsequent venture. Entrepreneurs who succeeded by investing in a good industry and year (e.g., computers in 1983) are far more likely to succeed in their subsequent ventures than those who succeeded by doing better than other firms founded in the same industry and year (e.g., succeeding in computers in 1985). "More importantly, entrepreneurs who invest in a good industry-year are more likely to invest in a good industry-year in their next ventures, even after controlling for differences in overall success rates across industries.
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How to spot a lie Charges of lying are a regular feature of the headlinesPamela Meyer: People may be lied to as many as 200 times a dayShe says there are ways to spot liarsMeyer: Studying posture, body language and verbal clues can help to detect lying Editor's note: Pamela Meyer is the author of the book "Liespotting". She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Harvard MBA. Meyer spoke at the TED Global conference in Edinburgh, U.K., in July. TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to "Ideas worth spreading," which it distributes through talks posted on its website.
Young bosses, older workers: Bridging the generation gap - Ask Annie Increasingly, Gen Y employees are managing people old enough to be their parents. That can be tricky, but there are ways to make it work. By Anne Fisher, contributor FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: A couple of months ago, my boss abruptly left the company, and I was promoted to his job as leader of a 16-person product-development team. This was somewhat surprising, since I am the youngest team member (I'm 27) and have been here for the shortest period of time (two and a half years).