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  Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

Lose My Benefits? I'd Rather Go to Jail!

Posted ByCindy Perman
Lose My Benefits? I'd Rather Go to Jail!
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Many workers used to take their health benefits for granted but cutbacks or outright elimination of care has everyone white-knuckling those benefits – just try to pry our fingers off!

A new survey puts it all in perspective: Most people would rather spend a night in jail than lose their benefits.

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  Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 9:55 AM ET

What an Earthquake Can Teach You About Problem Solving

Posted ByPaul Hellman
What an Earthquake Can Teach You About Problem Solving
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On a 1-10 scale: how do you respond to problems? Try this technique.

Whenever there's an earthquake—there was one here a few days ago—the first thing you wonder is, "How bad was it on the Richter scale?"

I'm a big fan of the Richter scale, even though I don't really understand it. The scale goes from 1-10, but the smallest earthquake "that can be felt" (Webster's), only gets a 2.

If I were in an earthquake that could be felt and it only got a 2, I'd be extremely disappointed.

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  Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:36 AM ET

Want to Get More Done? Get Out of the Office

Posted By Allison Linn | TODAY, NBCNews.com

Forget face time, meetings and spending your nights and weekends in the office. There's a growing movement to dump the stereotypical signs that you're working hard in favor of actually working hard – and getting stuff done.

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"The majority of companies believe you have to be there from 9 to 6 or 8 to 5, " said Bob Pozen, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "But it really doesn't make sense to say a person who is in the office 40 hours a week is more productive than someone who is in the office 20 hours."

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  Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

What CEOs Can Learn From the President's Poor Debate Performance

Posted ByPaul Hellman
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When Obama watched video of the debate, "he grimaced. 'It's worse than I thought' ran through his mind."

That was 2008. Obama had begun his run for president ("Game Change," John Heilemann, Mark Halperin).

Four years later, after his first debate with Mitt Romney , President Obama was probably thinking the same thing.

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  Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 4:02 PM ET

Napping at Your Desk — Now Made Easier!

Posted ByCindy Perman

Napping has been endorsed by everyone from NASA to the NBA. Studies have shown it can boost your brainpower, improve performance, help with weight loss and even enhance your libido!

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But as compelling as all that is who has time for a nap?

Enter the Ostrich Pillow , an invention out of a Madrid architecture and design studio that basically allows a human to do the equivalent of an ostrich putting their head in the sand in order to create a quiet space anywhere to nap from the office to an airport.

The product, which has been called everything from super cool (The next Web ) to the most ridiculous idea ever to get funded on Kickstarter (BusinessInsider.com ) was born from the fact that its creators themselves worked long hours, had peaks and troughs in productivity and creativity and learned that a nap could make a huge difference.

The product makes you laugh the minute you see it (hence the ridiculous description) and makes whoever is wearing it look like a hammerhead shark. The pillow slips over the nappers head, with a breathing hole around the face and two holes in the sides above the head to put your hands which makes sense when youre lying face down on the desk not so much when youre sitting upright at the airport.

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  Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

How to Answer Those Way Too Personal Questions

Posted ByPaul Hellman
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What should you do when the question is too personal?

"What kind of underwear do you wear?" Jerry Seinfeld asks Larry David, his friend and co-creator of the TV show, "Seinfeld."

You expect Larry David to answerhe and Seinfeld are goofing around .

"Briefs," says Larry David. "I couldn't make the transition."

But when President Bill Clinton was asked the same question, "boxers or briefs?" back in 1994, you expect him to decline. Unfortunately, he responds.

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  Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 7:20 AM ET

Jobs That Are Overrated—And Those That Get No Respect!

Posted ByCindy Perman

It may seem glamorous to be a slick advertising executive like Jon Hamm on the TV show “Mad Men” or like Michael Douglas’s power broker character in the movie “Wall Street.”

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But times change and the professions that once seemed alluring may not be so glamorous now.

Job listing and advice site CareerCast.com has come out with their annual list of the most overrated jobs — and the most underrated jobs.

We’ve all been to a restaurant we’d deem “overrated” or met that guy in the office we’d call overrated. So what makes a job overrated?

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  Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 12:37 PM ET

Can Your Employees Trust You?

Posted ByPaul Hellman
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You and I make promises every day. "I'll call you by 5 pm," you say, or, "I'll get you the info by Friday."

But then we get sidetracked.

That's a broken promise.

I almost blew a major deal recently due to a broken promise.

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  Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 3:23 PM ET

World's Best Internship—Interviewing Porn Stars

Posted ByCindy Perman

Hey there. Feeling lonely in your dorm room? Looking to ditch your workplace virginity?

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Source: pornhub.com

Well, it’s your lucky day, son. Free porn video-sharing site PornHub.com is looking for an intern.

The official ad is full of every dirty little porn pun you can think of:

“Pornhub.com is officially on the hunt — to snatch up a brand spanking new intern to do all our dirty work for us,” Pornhub says on its website.

Oh yeah, they go there.

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  Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 | 11:16 AM ET

Career Skills: How Are You at Making Decisions?

Posted ByPaul Hellman
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Your next decision.

My wife and I were worried. "Which way do you think we should go?" she asked. I had no idea.

Four hours into a mountain hike in Nova Scotia that was steeper and longer than we'd expected, we were low on water, low on energy, and apparently lost.

Plus there were bears.

We hadn't actually seen the bears, but the entrance sign had warned, "If you see a bear, don't run. Act big."

That's the sort of advice you can apply to work: maybe you've got a tough boss, or a difficult client, or an uncomfortable conversation. Ok. Don't run. Act big.

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