Category: Work

How to end an email (if you want a reply)

How do you end your emails? It turns out some closers are more likely to get a response than others. Boomerang, an email app that allows you to schedule and manage messages, analyzed thousands of messages sent to twenty different online communities. While some people have their own unique closers, certain phrases appear far more often than others: best, sin… read more »

Forward motion in hurry-up-and-wait jobs

Some jobs operate on a predictable rhythm. Meetings and phone calls get scheduled in advance. You know roughly what the "hard landscape" of your day is, and what time is available for other projects. This can change, of course, and interruptions can be frequent, but the nature of the days is to be scheduled. Since the standard office job looks like this, much p… read more »

What does tenure take?

I have long been fascinated by the academic concept of tenure. Like making partner in a law or consulting firm, getting this offer of a position for life (in essence) is a sign you have arrived. The problem is that it's not always 100% clear what it takes to leap through this hoop, and it is a hoop (if you don't make tenure, you can't really stay long-term. It's an up… read more »

Thinking of going part-time? Some questions to ask (and boundaries to draw)

If you've got young kids, making the pieces of work and life fit together can be challenging. That's why part-time work remains a popular option. Various Pew Research Center studies have found close to half of mothers would prefer to work part-time (note: that's not just moms working full time hours who want to scale down -- about four in ten stay-at-home… read more »

The planned vs. the serendipitous: On writing the 2017 performance review now

Part of time management is making time for one's priorities. The problem is that it's not always clear what those priorities are, or else we have many priorities and have trouble figuring out what's good to do next. So in workshops, I like to have people do an exercise that involves performance reviews. Across the corporate universe, people are now engaged in… read more »