Topic: strategy

‘My Career Is Completely Unrelated To My Degree’: 4 True Stories

'My Career Is Completely Unrelated To My Degree': 4 True Stories

Long before celebritydom, Eva Longoria received a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. After graduating from college, she entered a talent contest that led her to LA, where she very quickly secured an agent. Her breakout role was Isabella on The Young and the Restless, but she’s best known as Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s Desperate Housewives.

The Grindstone talked with four women who , just like Eva, have super unique careers and degrees completely unrelated to them. More »

5 Ways To Be Stylish At The Office When You’re Petite

5 Ways To Be Stylish At The Office When You're Petite

Some of my best friends are petite. I think they’re cute as a button. I want to tickle them until they squeal and sometimes I do. But when they whine about how it’s so hard to find pants that fit or tell me a shopping trip ended in tears, I just look at them. Really? You’re so small it’s hard to find clothes? That’s just not the same as being so large you can’t wear low-rise jeans without a muffin top. More »

How Do You Cope With 100 Hour Work Weeks? 10 Stressed Employees Tell Us The Truth

How Do You Cope With 100 Hour Work Weeks? 10 Stressed Employees Tell Us The Truth

Forget the 40-hour work week: for many working professionals, 80+ workweeks are not only common but expected and deeply entrenched into their companies’ culture. So how do these overworked souls deal with 100s of hours of work? Ten stressed workers weight in on their de-stressing mechanisms, from channeling their inner rock star to pole dancing in the office. More »

10 Terrifyingly Tricky (And Real!) Interview Questions, From AT&T To Google To Zappos

10 Terrifyingly Tricky (And Real!) Interview Questions, From AT&T To Google To Zappos

Job interviews are scary enough with questions like “Why did you leave your last job?” and “Where do you see yourself in five years?” But what about this hardball: “You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced so that your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?” The Wall Street Journal recently published a fascinating excerpt of William Poundstone new book “Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?” I can now confidently answer that question: No. It’s a battery of brain-teasers so terrifying that I’m now afraid to even visit google.com. For the record, many people answer “lie down below the blades” or “stand to the side of the blades,” but that’s not what Google is looking for. Here are 10 terrifyingly tricky or just plain weird questions — from Google and other companies from AT&T to Zappos — that you can only hope you never get asked in a job interview. Plus, the right answer to that dastardly blender question.
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10 Conversation Topics To Avoid At The Office Holiday Party

10 Conversation Topics To Avoid At The Office Holiday Party

At the best parties, conversation flows as easily as the booze. But beware the office party, where you don’t want to talk about just anything. After all, the morning-after “I can’t believe I said that” realization is that much worse when you have no choice but to see the person you said that to last night. Avoid these 10 minefields and you’ll be free to enjoy an evening of office-safe chatting and carousing. More »

How To Avoid Catching Adult Senioritis During The Most Distracting Month Of The Year

How To Avoid Catching Adult Senioritis During The Most Distracting Month Of The Year

Remember senioritis? The mysterious affliction descends every spring on each year’s new crop of high school and college seniors, causing them to slack off on their homework and studying in favor of hanging out with friends and daydreaming about the summer. Well, there’s a version of it for grown-ups, too. Adult senioritis is a particular risk between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when it can seem impossible to stay focused on work in a season of parties, presents, and travels. I talked with no-nonsense productivity expert Peggy Duncan about how both employees and managers can stay focuses, even in the face of egg nog and mistletoe. She doesn’t go easy on holiday slackers! More »

8 Business Skills That Will Help You Get Out Of Awkward Blackout Wednesday Conversations

8 Business Skills That Will Help You Get Out Of Awkward Blackout Wednesday Conversations

Forget Black Friday, right now you have to worry about Blackout Wednesday. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, Blackout Wednesday is Thanksgiving Eve and has come to be one of the biggest drinking days of the year as all the college kids come back home for the holiday. “Everybody knows they have the next day off and everyone is in that festive mindset—all they have to do the next day is eat,” said Mark Domitrovich, owner of the Pioneer Tavern Group in Chicago. Of course, these festivities aren’t just for college students. Working people will be home on these days too and needing to escape their families to go drink. But because you have been out of high school much longer the conversations are going to be just that more awkward and painful. Inevitably you will end up talking to someone that you also never felt the need to talk to in high school. But you are a savvy businessperson so now is a great time to bring out those skills.
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7 Work Excuses To Get You Out Of Helping Make Thanksgiving Dinner

7 Work Excuses To Get You Out Of Helping Make Thanksgiving Dinner

You’re home for the holidays and ready to relax after a hard week of work. Ok, it was only a half-week, but still, you’re exhausted! Unfortunately, there’s no rest for the weary if mom is hosting: She’s going to try to enlist you into hard kitchen labor as soon as you arrive. Consult our list of handy excuses to get you out of apple-pie duty and onto the couch. More »

The Grindstone’s Survival Guide For Traveling On Thanksgiving

The Grindstone's Survival Guide For Traveling On Thanksgiving

It’s gonna be a bad one this year. A new survey from AAA says more people are packing their bags for a Thanksgiving trip than ever before. The survey estimates that 42.5 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for their turkey dinner. That’s a 4% increase, despite the continued crunch on the economy. AAA predicts air travel will increase 1.8% nationwide over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from Wednesday through Sunday so get ready for lines, road rage, no seats, crying babies, fights over tiny luggage compartments and non-existent elbow room. Yes, you may travel all the time for work and know where every Starbucks is in JFK but no one can ever be prepared for the hell that is Thanksgiving travel. But never fear, The Grindstone is here to help you, to an extent, travel in style, get some work done and maintain sanity (some of it) during the worst travel weekend of the year. More »

More Than A Third Of Bosses Think Women In Their Offices Wear Too Much Make-up

More Than A Third Of Bosses Think Women In Their Offices Wear Too Much Make-up

According to a new poll, more than a third of bosses (both male and female) believe some of their female colleagues wear too much make-up to work. Bold lips (31%), over done eyes (28%) and blush (15%) were seen as the main sources for dislike. But then again, more than one in 10 (12%) bosses said they liked women to wear some make-up to work. However, nearly all said they believed wearing just a modest amount was suitable, the poll of 500 male and female bosses found. More »