Categories Archives: Careers

Race to the Top: A Drink at Lunch?.

Q: I have just joined a new company and I noticed that people drink at lunch. Is it okay to do so? A: In a word, “No.” I think I mentioned in a previous column, that the secret to success in corporate America is to be a high performer and to b ...

Race to the Top: Getting Ready to Get Hired.

Q: I am still in college, but what can I do to ensure I get a job after I graduate? A: This answer is a little bit different if you are just starting or about to finish your college career, so we will start with the universal answer: you must do well in s ...

Race to the Top: Working Outside the U.S..

Q: My supervisor recently asked me to consider applying for a position overseas. Is this a good opportunity? A: A big decision. Obviously, it is difficult for me to give you advice about the nature of the job. So, I’ll keep my observations focused on wo ...

Race to the Top: Your First 90 Days.

Q: I have been working for a new company for about two weeks. A friend gave me a book: The First 90 Days. Have you read it and should I? A: There are a few business books that everyone should read and this is one of them. “The First 90 Days: Critica ...

Race to the Top: Your Career and Politics.

Q: Is it okay to talk about politics at work? A: First, thank you so much for your e-mail. It’s exciting to know that Race to the Top is valuable to you. Keep the e-mails coming. It’s also clear that a lot of people are interested in talking more abou ...

Race to the Top: Your Work-Life Balance.

Q: What is the best way to talk to my boss about work-life balance? A: Thanks for asking this question. In recent years, I have heard it more and more. First things first: it’s important to be clear with yourself exactly what you mean. For some people, ...

Race to the Top: Skip the Watercooler.

Q: What about office “small talk?” A: Last week, we started to tackle the issue of “politics” at work. The question for this week: what should I do if a delicate topic comes up among colleagues or coworkers? This is so tricky and i ...

Race To The Top: Are You Ready To Ask for a Raise?.

Q: I’ve been working in the energy sector for almost two years and do good work, but I am underpaid compared to my colleagues. In retrospect, I did not negotiate the best salary when I joined the company, so I would like to fix it. What should I do? A: ...

Race to the Top: Interview Process is Lagging.

Q: I interviewed for a job with a company in Houston two weeks ago, but have not heard anything. I really want the job. What should I do? A: Getting a job takes time – sometimes a long time. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone you met during ...