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Business lessons from The Godfather: it’s not personal, it’s business (part 3 of 3)

Perhaps the fundamental difference in the way that Vito Corleone operated as the Godfather and the way that Michael ran the family business is by this principle alone: how they interpreted what was business and what was personal.

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Business lessons from The Godfather: never let them know what you’re thinking (part 2 of 3)

We don’t live in the same era as The Godfather. And, chances are, you don’t have a straight shooter like Vito Corleone to grab you by the sleeve and tell you to smarten up, not to share that and to leave prospective partners (and employers) guessing.

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Business lessons from The Godfather: make them an offer they can’t refuse (part 1 of 3)

There are times that require strategy. Then there are times that require proactive measures. And then there are those times that require strategy and proactive measures – and that’s when you derive an offer that no one can refuse.

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Valentine’s day: not just for lovers (part 3 of 3)

I’m not a patriarch of passion but I do believe in spreading the love whenever possible, especially in the workplace.

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Valentine’s day infographic: I think I love… my boss? (part 2 of 3)

Ok, so you’re in love with a coworker. Now what?

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Valentine’s day survival kit: from kindergarten to corporate (part 1 of 3)

Remember when you use to place a makeshift mailbox at your desk and fellow classmates would walk around and place those adorable little valentines in it? You’d always give the weird card with the frog catching a fly to the boy who picked his nose during class and save the adorable puppy and kitten pictures for your closest friends. Then there was usually the eating of pink frosted cupcakes and heart shaped candies, sometimes fruit punch was served – who knows, but it was fun and seemingly harmless.

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New job advice: it’s all about effort and attitude, not what you know (part 5 of 5)

Hitting the ground running really boils down to how much effort you’re putting forth and what your attitude is while you’re at work. Nobody expects you to know everything, at least not at first. What they do expect is a good deal of determination.

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New job advice: do what makes you feel uncomfortable (part 4 of 5)

Strengths vs. weaknesses: all are assets

Identify and understand your own weaknesses. Learn what the expectations are of you in your new role, and then set your own bar. What do you want to learn? Where do you want to be? Be proactive in classifying what you’re good at and what you’re not so good at. By doing so, you’ll be able to more efficiently approach a new position, while simultaneously preparing yourself for a happy, long-term career.

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New job advice: identify the corporate culture and assimilate (part 3 of 5)

In April, Forbes put out an article defining what workplace culture is and the type of impact it really has. The reality: a lot. According to Forbes, corporate culture refers to the “patterns of accepted behavior, and the beliefs and values that promote and reinforce them.” With that being said, and speaking from personal experience, I’ve seen great new employees fall quickly as their personality simply didn’t fit in well with those who they were working with. It’s one of those things that people don’t like to call attention to, but the fact is, if people don’t love you, it’s hard for them to love the work that you do.

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New job advice: be the first one in and the last one out (part 2 of 5)

We all know how painful the regiment of a job can be. I think of the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. But, one of the best things you can do for yourself in order to get off to a great start at a new place of employment is to get into a routine. The sooner the better. Oftentimes, we start out jobs, projects, heck even exercising, with such ferocity but then dedication dwindles, and in a workplace we fade into the background. Don’t. Be consistent and remind yourself of your own mission – whatever it might be – and stay driven.

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