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Want some good economic news? Sure you do. Here it is: the nation’s long housing bust has ended, according to The Wall Street Journal. In its story “The U.S. Housing Bust Is Over”, the WSJ says: “The housing market has turned–at last …. the numbers are now convincing.” The WSJ reports that home prices are slowly rising, there’s an increase in sales of existing single-family homes, and housing starts are improving. And… Read More

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Most of us are pretty good at what we do for our job, but unfortunately we’re not very good at asking for and getting a pay raise. I wrote about a recent study that found “less agreeable” workers do better at the negotiating table than “nice” employees. So, maybe show a little attitude next time you want more money. I also came across an article in The Wall Street Journal that could… Read More

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Note to employee when it comes to salary negotiations and workplace politics: Be a jerk. You’ll make a lot more money. Okay, maybe “jerk” is a little strong. Just don’t be agreeable, according to a new study. The gap is wider for men The study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology find that agreeable workers earn significantly less than their less agreeable colleagues. The gap is especially wide for men…. Read More

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The topic of the Wall Street Journal story I was in Wednesday (read my blog “Hey, I’m in the Wall Street Journal!”) is getting plenty of attention. The WSJ ran a story called “Does Your Work Wife Get a Valentine?” According to a survey by Captivate Network, nearly two-thirds of workers have, or have had, a “work spouse”. ┬áThat’s someone you share a special, yet platonic, relationship with at your office. ┬áToday,… Read More

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I sort of feel like Navin R. Johnson today. That’s Steve Martin’s character in the classic movie “The Jerk”. Remember the scene when the new phone books come out? “Page 73: Johnson, Navin R.! I’m somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity — your name in print — that makes people. I’m in print! Things are going to start happening to me… Read More

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