Sunday, June 29, 2014

How to Make the Most of LinkedIn: A True-False Quiz

I decry what seems to be a redistribution of resources from skill development to networking, sizzle over steak. 

But if I am to be a decent career counselor, where appropriate, I need to teach my clients how to use LinkedIn optimally. How to do so is the topic of my PsychologyToday.com article today. 

I try to make what could be a dry topic a little more fun by making it a true-false quiz. HERE is the link

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A Five-Minute Course on How to Be an Effective, Even Beloved Manager or Leader

In My PsychologyToday.com article, I tried to condense everything I know about how to be a good manager and leader into an article that can be read in five minutes. HERE is the link.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Six Short Videos Sharing My Favorite Tips...Hopefully with Humor

I asked Robert Reich what his next project is. He said, "While I always think about writing another book, I realize that people now are more likely to adopt my views if I present them in a 2-minute video that's funny."

I figured if it's good enough for Robert Reich, it's good enough for me. So I've made a half dozen short videos that offer some of my most helpful tips. At minimum, I hope they put a smile on your face.

Here they are:













Thursday, June 26, 2014

13 Cures for Disorganization: Which will help you get more organized?

Disorganization can be caused by 13 things. My PsychologyToday.com article today offers a possible "cure" for each of them. HERE is the link.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

How to Choose a College or Graduate School

PsychologyToday is running a series called "Undone by Universities." 

My contribution to that is How to Choose a College or Graduate School. HERE is the link.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Hiring Wisely: A Step-by-Step Approach to Selecting Better Employees

The most important decision most managers ever make is whom to hire. My PsychologyToday.com article today shows a step-by-step procedure for hiring wisely. 

Regular readers of this blog have seen an earlier version of this article but I believe it's among my most helpful so I've modestly revised it for publication in Psychology Today. HERE is the link. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pleasurable Philanthopy: The Art of Charitable Giving

I've been doing a fair amount of reading and thinking about the wisest way to give charity. I summarize my thoughts in my PsychologyToday.com article. HERE is the link.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Case Against Networking

As actually practiced, networking is ethically dubious. That's the subject of my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Under-the-Radar Careers: Should you choose a little-known career?

Many career fields are competitive. A way around that is to consider under-the-radar niches. 

In my PsychologyToday.com article today, I offer a collection of alternative careers in the fields of psychology and in education. HERE is the link.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Probing Questions Worth Asking Yourself

Over the past quarter century, I've kept  improving my list of probing questions designed to tease out my clients' essence and help them establish goals. 

I present those questions in my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

An Alternative to Religion: One flavor of secular humanism

Many people are replacing religion with secular humanism. In my PsychologyToday.com article today, I propose a version of that.
HERE is the link.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Components of Charisma

Charismatic people get their way more than--on the merits--they deserve.

My PsychologyToday.com article today lists charisma's ingredients. That should build your charisma or alert you when you're being convinced by sizzle rather than steak.

HERE is the link.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to Use Music to Cheer, Calm, and Inspire Us

Music has the power to cheer us, calm us, inspire us. 

In my PsychologyToday.com article today, I offer the songs that have most done so for me.  

As well, the article encourages you to sing, play, including by ear. The article includes a link to my six-minute lesson on how to play by ear.

HERE is the link to the article.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Leave the Nest?: Deciding Whether to Leave Your Parents' Place

Many young people wonder whether to live with their parents or get their own place. 

My PsychologyToday.com article today asks questions to help a person decide. HERE is the link.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Would You Give Up Your Romantic Partner or Your Computer? A Debate

Today, my internal debate is: If you had to give up your romantic partner or your computer/smartphone, which would you choose?   

I present both sides in my PsychologyToday.com article today.  HERE is the link.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Should You Marry? Have Kids? A debate



Today, my internal debate is on when it's worth marrying and having kids. 

I present that debate in my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Go for Meaning or the Money?: A Debate

I've been having another internal debate. This one is on whether one should go for meaning or the money? 

I've written that internal dialogue as my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Should We Prioritize Individualism or Community? A debate

I've long had an internal debate about the wisdom of individualism versus collectivism. I put that in writing in my PsychologyToday.com article. HERE is the link.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Where to Work? For-Profit, Non-Profit, Government?: An internal dialogue

I routinely have internal dialogues about various issues. I decided to write one today about whether it's wiser to work for a for-profit, non-profit or government. 

That's my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Most Inspiring Man? My truly amazing dad

I'm biased but I can't conceive of a more inspiring man than my dad. 

With Father's Day coming up, I wrote about him in my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

Monday, June 9, 2014

3-Minute Workover: Helping a Stay-at-Home-Mom Get a Job

AOL has asked me to do a series of video 3-Minute Career Makeovers on unemployed people. HERE is the first.

11 Businesses You Can Start That Have a Good Risk/Reward Profile

Many people who aren't born entrepreneurs contemplate starting a business but are daunted by the risk.

My PsychologyToday.com article today describes 11 simple businesses that I believe have a good risk/reward ratio. HERE is the link.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Up, Down, or Sideways: Helping You Decide What Career Strategy is Right for You

How do you know whether you should strive to climb the ladder, stay put, or take a step down? In my PsychologyToday.com article, I ask you six questions to help you decide. HERE is the link.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Five Not-Obvious Keys to Success on the Job

In yet another attempt to reduce books of advice into a short article, my PsychologyToday.com article today is on five not-obvious keys to success on the job. HERE is the link.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Overcoming Your Psychological Barriers in Negotiation

Many people lose in negotiation before they even start to prepare. Psychological barriers preclude their doing well. I address those in my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A Video; Can I Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Time Management Before I Blow Up?

Can I teach you everything you need to know about time management in 60 seconds? If not, I'll blow up. 

That's the video I just made. I call it, On Time?  The link to it is in my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link to the article.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

An Easier Yet Valid Way to Choose a Career

Choosing a career can be an angst-ridden process. My PsychologyToday.com article attempts to make it easier. HERE is the link.

Monday, June 2, 2014

What Does it Really Take to Be a Good Leader or Manager?

AOL asked me to post an edited transcript of my NPR-San Francisco radio program in which my wife and I discussed what it really takes to be a good leader or manager. HERE is the link.

In Praise of Unsolicited Advice

We're usually warned to not give unsolicited advice. I make the case we should in my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Work-Life Balance is Overrated: Think Twice Before Dubbing People "Workaholics"

Many people who work long hours are more accurately described as "hard workers" or even "heroic" rather than "workaholics."  I make that case in my PsychologyToday.com article today. 

HERE is the link.