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  • Promotions
    is shorter than you think According to an analysis from PayScale com women s pay peaks at age 39 and according to their median data at about 60 000 After that there may be small bumps in salary but they rarely outpace inflation so in real terms you ll make that 60 000 for the rest of your career Maybe that doesn t sound so bad except that based on the same data men s salaries continue to grow until age 48 and top out at a median of 95 000 And regardless of your gender We re trained to believe that our income is going to go up in a straight line in a constantly growing trajectory says Lauren Lyons Cole a Certified Financial Planner in Manhattan Unfortunately that s not the way it happens What a Salary Arc Looks Like So what s actually happening In your 20s fresh out of school everything is looking up you re probably doing some job hopping getting promoted climbing the corporate ladder with gusto and your paycheck looks better and better According to the same PayScale study both men and women see salary growth of about 60 by age 30 After that however the rate of growth slows for women By age 39 the typical woman s income has grown by less than 20 percent compared to her 30 year old self And after that Stagnationville Sure you ll probably get cost of living raises along the way but the days of the double digit raise are over The picture is rosier for men whose salary growth continues to be healthy after age 30 But by age 48 in this study the typical man s income has grown by about 45 compared to age 30 That s not too shabby but it s not on the cusp of retirement either Of course much of this depends on your career choices Pharmacists for instance usually make top dollar salaries straight out of school but the potential to significantly boost their paychecks later is nearly nil Lawyers on the other hand are typically well into their 50s before their salaries peak Any job where you get the majority of your training in school and the first few years of your career is not going to see much pay growth after that says Katie Bardaro lead economist at PayScale If you re a lawyer you re constantly learning on the job See Full Story on www learnvest com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Guide to Your Pay in High Earning Years Promotions Raises 7 Ways to Make Your Emails Impossible to Ignore 7 August 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Gmail s recent launch of a tabbed inbox that funnels businesses email campaigns into a Promotions tab has business leaders and marketing executives understandably concerned Already some marketers have seen their email open rates slip due to the change The fear is that more email providers including Hotmail and Yahoo Mail will

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  • Social Networks
    by how much they like the speaker than by the quality of the speaker s arguments according to a 2008 study in Management Science The opposite is true when a speaker appears in person The use of personal videoconferencing is expected to grow 47 annually through 2017 according to Wainhouse Research a Boston market research firm Social networking also places a premium on likability More employers track employees likability on in house social networks and chat services They recruit those who are trusted and well liked to spread information or push through changes Some companies take these employees social clout into account when handing out raises and promotions See Full Story on online wsj com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Employee Likability Popularity Contest Promotions Social Networks Success Videoconferencing 5 Steps To Being Productive On LinkedIn 10 March 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment When it comes to accessing social networks during office hours the first two things that come to mind are definitely procrastination and wasting time This may be true for Facebook or even Twitter but LinkedIn is different Recognized as the leading social network for professionals LinkedIn lies at the core of three key areas people technology and information Rather than help you kill time it s actually designed to make you more productive and is much more than just a massive database of people In terms of business objectives it can help connect you to the most relevant people in your industry share your company s messaging and content with qualified prospects and help push your career forward The trick to using LinkedIn in a strategically productive manner is have a purpose If you ve logging in to see who s viewed your profile read customized Pulse content and scroll through news feed updates

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  • Videoconferencing
    and have mistakes forgiven A study of 133 managers last year by researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that if an auditor is likable and gives a well organized argument managers tend to comply with his suggestions even if they disagree and the auditor lacks supporting evidence Likability is more important and harder to pull off on video than in person Sometimes this can result in a style over substance effect People watching a speaker on a videoconference are more influenced by how much they like the speaker than by the quality of the speaker s arguments according to a 2008 study in Management Science The opposite is true when a speaker appears in person The use of personal videoconferencing is expected to grow 47 annually through 2017 according to Wainhouse Research a Boston market research firm Social networking also places a premium on likability More employers track employees likability on in house social networks and chat services They recruit those who are trusted and well liked to spread information or push through changes Some companies take these employees social clout into account when handing out raises and promotions See Full Story on online wsj com Filed Under Career

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  • The Art of Striving
    what made keeping a diary so handy I learned then that writing gives you distance perspective and pause The diary featured thoughts rants doodles and poems Looking back I have especially fond memories of the poems While I don t remember any of them in their entirety there is a line from one poem that has never faded Striving spills from my failure What I could not have known then is what a fantastic life motto this would become and how incredibly important this mindset would be throughout my career as a technologist my role as CEO of a tech startup and my aspirations as leader FAILURE HAPPENS Life is full of failures here is what some of mine sounded like Damn 1st semester calculus just kicked me to the curb Ouch You better pay more attention when you re measuring the voltage on that bus bar Sigh the interview could have gone better Argh Corporate has cancelled the project but you have to let everyone go That investor turned us down All of these were failures big failures however each of them was merely an invitation to strive What I suspected but didn t fully realize until I started

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  • Ambition
    This confusion was precisely what made keeping a diary so handy I learned then that writing gives you distance perspective and pause The diary featured thoughts rants doodles and poems Looking back I have especially fond memories of the poems While I don t remember any of them in their entirety there is a line from one poem that has never faded Striving spills from my failure What I could not have known then is what a fantastic life motto this would become and how incredibly important this mindset would be throughout my career as a technologist my role as CEO of a tech startup and my aspirations as leader FAILURE HAPPENS Life is full of failures here is what some of mine sounded like Damn 1st semester calculus just kicked me to the curb Ouch You better pay more attention when you re measuring the voltage on that bus bar Sigh the interview could have gone better Argh Corporate has cancelled the project but you have to let everyone go That investor turned us down All of these were failures big failures however each of them was merely an invitation to strive What I suspected but didn t fully

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  • Aspirations
    This confusion was precisely what made keeping a diary so handy I learned then that writing gives you distance perspective and pause The diary featured thoughts rants doodles and poems Looking back I have especially fond memories of the poems While I don t remember any of them in their entirety there is a line from one poem that has never faded Striving spills from my failure What I could not have known then is what a fantastic life motto this would become and how incredibly important this mindset would be throughout my career as a technologist my role as CEO of a tech startup and my aspirations as leader FAILURE HAPPENS Life is full of failures here is what some of mine sounded like Damn 1st semester calculus just kicked me to the curb Ouch You better pay more attention when you re measuring the voltage on that bus bar Sigh the interview could have gone better Argh Corporate has cancelled the project but you have to let everyone go That investor turned us down All of these were failures big failures however each of them was merely an invitation to strive What I suspected but didn t fully

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  • Failure
    Success The Art of Striving Why Makers Fail At Retail 10 February 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment 2014 is starting off with a bang for hardware The 3 2B acquisition of Nest a four year old company is great news for makers The question is then should you be starting a hardware company rather than the next mobile app In previous columns we covered the first steps from prototype to production as well as early stage financing Let s now look into another trap distribution Software vs Hardware When you get traction with software you fire up new servers and scale your infrastructure It is fast and cheap And traction alone can get you funding With hardware traction is sales or at least demand Unfortunately sales of physical things happen months after production How do you finance it How many units should you build Can you afford to lose money or time There are two persistent myths for hardware startups The first is that the end game is selling at big box retailers like Wal Mart or Best Buy The second is that once your amazing gizmo is on the shelves it will sell itself Those two ideas are dangerous Wal Mart is a problem because servicing retailers is not easy And the bigger they are the more cash and time you will need The Startup Genome project documented that the number one cause of failure for startups was premature scaling This is even truer for hardware So before working with larger chains startups had better get their act together on a smaller scale It is also questionable whether your product is suitable at all for big box retailers where your margins are lower and costs higher The second is a variation of build it and they will come Sadly retailers are not in the business of creating demand You are If your distribution exceeds the demand you created it will result in unsold inventory And we all know what that means See Full Story on techcrunch com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Failure Hardware Premature Retail Servicing Software Startup Variation Who s the boss It could be your team 16 December 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Let s face it it s great to be the boss You re the one calling the shots making sure everything stays on course in the end the responsibility for your company s success or failure falls on your shoulders And you re fine with that After all you re the boss When it comes to being in charge however acting as the constant problem solver can become tiring and detrimental to the business When an employee brings you a problem there are benefits to having built a company culture in which he or she is encouraged to bring a solution as well More businesses are adopting policies that direct employees to bring possible solutions to management whenever they present a problem Considered offhand this practice makes perfect sense How often have you had an employee present a problem and when you ask what he or she thinks should be done you had the same idea in mind Nine times out of 10 an employee already knows the answer Another consideration involves the size of your business If your company is smaller with a fairly flat organizational structure management might not always have the best answers If you for example are the CEO of a tech company you might be great at handling the business end of things but technical problems may be outside your realm of expertise In cases like these it s important to have a technician coming up with options and providing their various pros and cons By Nicolas Gremion See Full Story on smartblogs com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Boss Company s Success Failure Responsibility Team Managing People on a Sinking Ship 28 November 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment As the continued bad news from Blackberry reminds us no company s future is secure When your business is facing declining sales a potential buy out or even certain closure how do you manage people who are likely panicking about their future Can you keep your team s motivation and productivity up The short answer is yes Even when it s clear that a company s in trouble there are ways to help team members stay focused deliver results and weather the storm What the Experts Say In a crisis you may think you need a whole new set of management approaches But don t throw out your Management 101 book quite yet Kim Cameron a professor at Michigan s Stephen M Ross School of Business and author of Positive Leadership Strategies for Extraordinary Performance has studied organizations that are downsizing or closing and he says that instead of abandoning best common practices the most skilled leaders reinforce them Good management is good management Treating people well helping them flourish and unlocking potential are all good practices regardless of the environmental circumstances he says Amy Edmondson a professor at Harvard Business School and author of Strategies for Learning from Failure says that of course it s not easy to keep people enthused engaged and working hard when they know the company may not be around But it s not impossible either Here are six principles to follow when your organization starts to feel like a sinking ship Look for opportunities to turn things around Sometimes it s clear that the end is near Your manufacturing plant is slated to close A larger company has bought your business unit But in other situations there may be a glimmer of hope There is often a short window of opportunity to do something differently Edmondson says If there s a chance of saving the company focus your team on doing two things First seek input from customer facing employees Their front line perspective could provide valuable insight into how your company needs to change Second do

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  • The Art of Striving
    This confusion was precisely what made keeping a diary so handy I learned then that writing gives you distance perspective and pause The diary featured thoughts rants doodles and poems Looking back I have especially fond memories of the poems While I don t remember any of them in their entirety there is a line from one poem that has never faded Striving spills from my failure What I could not have known then is what a fantastic life motto this would become and how incredibly important this mindset would be throughout my career as a technologist my role as CEO of a tech startup and my aspirations as leader FAILURE HAPPENS Life is full of failures here is what some of mine sounded like Damn 1st semester calculus just kicked me to the curb Ouch You better pay more attention when you re measuring the voltage on that bus bar Sigh the interview could have gone better Argh Corporate has cancelled the project but you have to let everyone go That investor turned us down All of these were failures big failures however each of them was merely an invitation to strive What I suspected but didn t fully

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