Tag: Alex Smith

Your Career: Is the Boss Cheating on You?

Cheated Hearts

It happens. You think you’re set in your job and somebody else catches your boss’ eye. They’re prettier (or more handsome) and project a better executive presence, or code better, and perhaps could charm the skin off a snake and sell better. The next thing you know someone has been hired over you in the […]

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The Comeback Kid?

Alex Smith, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers

We all love comebacks. Those of us who are San Franciscans really love it when it involves our much beloved US professional football team, the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are in the championship hunt this year after a long hiatus, playing for their first conference championship – a step before the Super Bowl and […]

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The Talent Test: The Problem with “High Potentials”

Cover of "The Talent Code: Greatness Isn'...

The headline in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month blared “Employees with ‘High Potential’ Need to Know.” There’s just one problem. If you want to screw up talent, tell them they’ve got high potential – shorthand for they’ve been tapped and they’re great. Why? Research (Carol Dweck) shows that labeling folks doesn’t work to […]

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