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Higher Salary Vs. Better Benefits

13 years with one company is a long time in today’s employment market. My tenure has never been about loyalty or career advancement, and it certainly won’t earn me a gold watch. The company pays me a salary above the market rate for the job I do. That’s why I’ve stayed. The benefits have always lagged […]

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Build Income Streams In Case You’re Fired!

One striking revelation from the presidential election process this year was the sharp contrast between people who think the U.S. is in pretty good shape and those who feel the country never recovered from the last recession. Politics aside, the U.S. is in its 89th straight month of economic expansion. The longest post-World-War-II economic expansion […]

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Abandon Your Cushy Job To Expand Earning Potential

Have you ever declined a work opportunity because you didn’t want the hassle of learning something new? Maybe it was a chance to enhance your skills or get promoted, but it required leaving your cushy job. You declined because the job would have taken more effort and initiative on your part. Or it might have cut […]

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Don’t Need This Stinkin’ Job

A few years back, I was part of a corporate strategy meeting with my company’s business partner. The meeting’s purpose was to discuss an upcoming contract renewal bid for a large IT project. Our team was the incumbent, and this re-compete was expected to be highly competitive. Nearly $100 million dollars was at stake. In […]

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Control

Late last year, upper management at my client was feeling the heat. The boss’s boss’s boss needed to show the CIO that his division would not falter in a climate of adversity. To allay the perceived fears that the IT project would fail, the second highest executive on the totem pole made a decision. When that […]

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Reject The Assertion You’ll Work Longer Than Your Parents

College graduation season will be here in no time. Graduates and their families will celebrate at an uplifting commencement ceremony, complete with speeches by inspirational alumni, business leaders and political figures, followed by a triumphant dinner at Applebees. Business Insider and other Twitter feeds will surely remind us that Steve Jobs gave a cool commencement […]

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That’s The Way I Want To Go

Two men from very different places in my life passed away in recent years. Both died almost instantaneously and without any forewarning. Both died in the presence of their peers. One died in retirement. The other died while still working. Loss of a Coworker One morning I learned that an hour before I arrived at […]

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Proxy Voting and The Worst Job I Ever Had

Prior to a company’s annual meeting, shareholders receive a package in the mail or via email. It contains an invitation and some documents known as proxy voting materials. The proxy voting package outlines upcoming proceedings that will take place at the annual meeting. Usually this includes voting on the Board of Directors, confirmation of the […]

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Strive to Wake Up and Do Nothing (with Your Finances)

This quote changed the way I think about my IT consulting career. Soon after I read it, a coworker complained to me that his manager was dumping menial work on his underlings; to the point it appeared he was taking on very few tasks. Previously, I would have sided with my coworker thinking this manager […]

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