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Stack ranking, reviews, and Cubicle Warriors

Stack ranking, reviews, and Cubicle Warriors

photo: Inha Leex Hale “Stack Ranking” is back in the news because Microsoft stopped doing it — and Yahoo! started it. To get us all on the same page, stack ranking means that if a manager has 14 employees, those employees are ranked from one to fourteen in order. Not just having the “exceeds expectations”Continue Reading

Cube Rules part of the top 100 career blogs to follow

An infographic by the team at CouponAudit . You might also like: Welcome to Cube Rules — Career Management for Cubicle Warriors The Path not Taken: Why Your Career Does Not Have to Follow a Linear Narrative Cube Rules Fan Page on Facebook Thanks for a great 2009 from Cube Rules

Goodbye, Mom

Goodbye, Mom

You probably didn’t notice, but things have been pretty quiet on Cube Rules this year. It’s because my Mom died. She visited Kate and I in December of 2012 — a tough visit — and then quickly deteriorated from then until April 14th, when she passed away peacefully in her sleep from heart failure the sameContinue Reading

How to tell your manager is failing you

How to tell your manager is failing you

Let me ask you a simple, yet complicated, question. Have you ever received work goals from your manager that you thought you could attain? Goals that were reasonable, measurable, and were able to be attained from your own work? Looking back on a (very) long career, I’d say no. Or very rare. When I wasContinue Reading

Employment Security Trumps Job Security

Employment Security trumps job security. This video shows why job security is fools gold and introduces the employment security hierarchy. Future videos will break down each of the employment security platforms. You might also like: How the Employment Security Hierarchy helps protect your income Your job skills and talent are not enough for employment security

Graduated – and living at home with Mom and Dad

The number of infographics out on the web is a bit numbing — at least for me. I watch a lot of different sites and infographic mania is easy to see on those sites. Consequently, I don’t do many of them. But this one, on what is facing our college graduates, hit home for me.Continue Reading – 5 ways to evaluate an IT company during an interview

photo: Jeffrey Beall My latest article from — 5 ways to evaluate an IT Company during an interview The point of this article is to not just judge the potential job by the interviews…but by all the other items you can see and evaluate during your visit to the company. Click here to readContinue Reading – Be effective by looking at yourself as…a customer

My latest article on the Dice Blog Network is about looking at yourself and your career as your most important customer. There are some pretty good reasons for doing so — but start with the fact that if you don’t look out for your job skills, results and career, no one else will do itContinue Reading – To Contract or Not to Contract

My latest at blogger’s network: To Contract or Not to Contract. “Contract positions can be appealing due to increased flexibility, higher pay (at times) and as a foot in the door at a company, among other reasons. Before making the jump to contract, there are significant differences you should be aware of between being aContinue Reading

The only way to win is not to play

photo credit: ste3ve Have you seen the movie War Games? Back in the day of 2400 baud modems, our slacker hero tries to hack into the company putting out the hottest new game on the planet (hacking has been going on a long, long time). Instead of getting into the game company, our innocent hacker,Continue Reading