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Spetner: Firing people sucks...but sometimes it's the best option

Spetner: Firing people sucks...but sometimes it's the best option

It's never pleasant, but keeping an underperforming employee on staff can have far worse consequences.

Spetner: When in doubt, take the first step back

Spetner: When in doubt, take the first step back

It's much easier to point out challenges and obstacles after you've built rapport with management.

Spetner: I'd rather be lucky than smart

Spetner: I'd rather be lucky than smart

Lefty Gomez, an all-star pitcher for the New York Yankees in the 1930's, is credited with saying "I'd rather be lucky than good." I think he had it right.

Get ready for the next downturn

Get ready for the next downturn

Once you've lived awhile, you come to appreciate that there are cycles, and the last economic recession was almost 10 years ago.

I talked to Chuck, but could only think of my stained shirt

I talked to Chuck, but could only think of my stained shirt

Lessons learned from a big interview and a big shirt stain.

Suffering remains optional, no matter how big the dent

Suffering remains optional, no matter how big the dent

A con man took my cash, but left me a little smarter

A con man took my cash, but left me a little smarter

An expensive swindle results in a temporary loss of self-confidence but a life-long lesson learned.

Spending less than you make

Spending less than you make

Spetner: Cut your young staffers around the office a break already

Spetner: Cut your young staffers around the office a break already

Throughout my career I've been taught new things that save time, decrease stress, and preserve dignity. I'm grateful for all of them, and I try really hard to give young people a break when they make stupid mistakes.

Spetner: Reliving the projects from hell

Spetner: Reliving the projects from hell

The year-end calls for a time of reflection, especially regarding the unpleasant occurrences.

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