Jan 12

Microloans Rock!

By Scot Herrick | Personal Finance

It is January and we’re all hit with the end of the year, performance reviews, maybe a year-end bonus, new goals for 2007…there are a lot of endings and startups this time of the year. One of the things that I want to do different this year is to figure out a better way of […]

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Jan 11

Never File Anything

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

There are a lot of approaches out there to filing stuff for work. I know that when I was early in my career, I filed everything into those nice manila folders and saved the paper thinking I might use it later. I rarely did. But it was the “rarely” did that kept me doing it. […]

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Jan 10

Passion and Pay

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

I was surfing other blogs, reading about business. I subscribe to over 100 blogs, not all business, but am always on the lookout for something interesting to read. And to learn. Over on Slacker Manager last week, there was this interesting post written by Kareem as part of “guest blogging day” where anyone registered could […]

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Jan 05

Did They See it Coming

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Harsh. But real. The Recruiting Edge helps us remember the cold, hard facts about why it is necessary to become a Cubicle Warrior. It’s not pretty. But it’s real. Real is what we need when we are managing our own careers. Check out Did they see it coming? Then check out what it takes to […]

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Jan 04

Creativity and Innovation Series

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Every few years – or months – companies grab on to the “next big thing.” Stuff like having a vision, or defining a mission statement, or promoting the latest new-fangled implementation strategy. The latest craze in leading edge companies is “creativity and innovation.” Companies as diverse as General Electric and Samsung are all touting innovation […]

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Jan 02

Cubicle Warrior – Networking

By Scot Herrick | Business Networking

Who do you know? Probably quite a few more people than you think. In a work environment where companies ruthlessly downsize to minimize costs, constantly move people to positions so organizational charts line up regardless of skills, and talk about people development but often don’t, your ability to network will make a critical difference in […]

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Dec 29

Leadership for individual contributors

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

One of the most important competencies a person working in cubedom can acquire is leadership. Now, leadership is most often thought of when a person is managing teams (leading – following), but I disagree with that assessment. An individual contributor can be all about leadership. So, what are the characteristics of an individual leader in […]

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Dec 28

Leadership is not about teams

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

When people talk about “leadership,” they almost always refer to the trait as associated with leading teams of people. And, in the course of politics, sports, management and other areas, teams of people look to the leader to lead. Walk into any bookstore, or search your favorite online bookstore with “leadership”as the search criteria, and […]

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Dec 28

401(k) Investment Rebalancing Time

By Scot Herrick | Personal Finance

If you’re like me, you don’t chase stocks and bonds (lots of people are very much into investing. This post isn’t about that type of person). Instead, you figure out the percentage allocation of your investments into broader categories and then invest in ETF’s or Mutual Funds to match your percentage allocation. For example, my […]

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