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How to Deal with Jerks at Work

They're out there.  You know them.  I  bet the minute you read that headline, a person  came to mind for you.  That's right.... a "Work Jerk."  Someone who puts the "i" in "team" at your place of employment.  Here's a few different tactics for dealing with Jerks at Work.  1)  Out Jerk Them You might be thinking "what kind of a blog is this?" but... hear me out.  A lot of times when you are the noob on a team (especially a sales team) the initial jerkiness is really just a test of your strength as a peer.   Let me give you an example.  I have an awesome family member who works in sales and she was brought in...

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What an Old Celtic Ritual Has to do with Your Career

Have you seen my name?  Justine Beirne Akley? Through birth and marriage I've been blessed with not one but two old gaelic names.  Justine of the Bear and Oak.  I like that.   Celtic culture and heritage has been a massive part of my life from the terrifying number of Irish Step Dancing Competitions I attended (ahem... won...) during my formative years (thanks dad!) to the in depth study of the Famine and the literature surrounding it that was at the center of my studies at NYU, being me has a lot to do with being Irish.   And today is a major Celtic holiday.  No, it's not St. Patrick's day (I have mixed feelings about the stereotypes associated with...

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Fear of Freedom

I'm a self defined "free-Spirit."  No, I wasn't at Coachella this weekend.  There are too many people there for me; it isn't "free" enough.  I've spent much of my adult life trying to setup a situation where I can wear what I want, do what I want, keep the hours I want and "be myself." (And get a decent amount of time on the lacrosse field each week).  Of course that led me to leave an international recruiting firm, and start my own.  I've never been one to relish a CRM.  At first, I thought it was the systems themselves I hated.  So I switched, and I switched, and I switched...  (and finally landed on Zoho, which I like as...

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The Delicate Balance for Women Executives

If you are a Sarah Jessica Parker fan (like me!) you know the image above is from the Christmassy-Feministy-Rom-Com movie I Don't Know How She Does It.   In the film (which includes a glorious scene where SJP "distresses" a store-bought pie to keep up with the non-working moms) our girl is forced to balance family and career, while struggling to get acknowledgement from the Private Equity company where she works.  And while this is an interesting and delicate balance, this is not the most important balance that I think women face in the work place.  There's another one-- the value balance-- that I think is even more tricky to master.  This balance occurred to me last week.  I interviewed...

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