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The Importance of New Skills

As the chaos in the economy continues, many people are looking to the government to help them. Companies ask the government for bailouts. Individuals receive benefits while they search for a new job. I see one small problem with these measures: they don’t address the root of the problem.

These companies and employees claim that their problems are caused by a bad economy. Have you even gone out in the rain? Blaming the economy is like blaming the rain for making us wet. What about an umbrella? Is the rain supposed to give us an umbrella?

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Why Does Your Home Office Scare Your Boss?

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Do you think that little room in your house–the one where you set up your desk and computer–is especially scary?

Then why is your boss so freaked out by it?

Home offices are not a threat to productivity; they’re a threat to power. Certain people are turned on by an office full of fawning subordinates, even if they’re paying for the attention.

But don’t worry about working for these bosses much longer. They’ll be obsolete. Innovative companies with enlightened managers are out-performing and out-saving their dinosaur competition by creating more creative work options.

Here’s why:

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Job Satisfaction is at an All Time Low. We’re Shocked. Shocked.

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michelehrv @ Flickr

In perhaps the biggest no-kidding study of this young century, a recent study indicates that job satisfaction is at an all time low.

Can we just say, no kidding?

Job satisfaction is down. Scratch that. It’s not down. It’s plummeting, according to The Conference Board.

The Conference Board’s survey polled 5,000 households, and found that only 45% were satisfied in their jobs. That’s down from 61.1% in 1987, the first year the survey was conducted.

A total of 61 percent of the workforce is looking for a way out!

But it gets worse. Workers younger than 25 were the most unhappy in their jobs. These are our future. They’re saying they don’t have one.

And I say it’s all good news.

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And You Think Your Portfolio Stinks… The Real Story of Thanksgiving

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Investing always involves some risk. But, this was ridiculous.

The investors were betting on a company that didn’t even have a product. They had a few ideas. Maybe they would trade commodities, like grain or tobacco. Maybe they would trade precious metals–that move paid off for some Spanish entrepreneurs.

Some of the investors weren’t impressed with the entrepreneurs or their management, either. Oh, they were visionaries alright. They had a glorious elevator pitch: they weren’t just going to create a new industry; they were going to create a new world. But they had a habit of pissing people off. They were a bunch of separatists, actually.

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Freedom Inc.: Let My Employees Go (And Innovate)

freedomeincWhen CEO was in Egypt land… let my people go.

Typically, we write about how to break free from the employer-employee relationship. With new technology moving us toward a Wealth Singularity and more computing power available to everyone, there has never been a more opportune time to create and run a solo business and optimize your own personal financial affairs.

But you can’t discount the power of a well-motivated group.

A new book may indicate that larger companies can catch on to employee liberation theology.

Freedom Inc., reviewed in the article, Capitalist Liberation, in Forbes Magazine, seizes on the counter-intuitive idea that control, while a natural human reaction, leads to innovative paralysis.

The authors, Brian M. Carney and Isaac Getz, report that companies that have tighter controls have lower productivity, lower morale, and lost opportunities.

What’s the solution to out-of-control control?

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Five Myths Your Boss Desperately Wants You To Believe

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If you’re seeking financial independence, the hurdles that lie in front of you seem insurmountable, especially in these unsure economic times.

You need the job. You need the income. You need the benefits.

You may know this implicitly, but you’re not the only one.

The management of most companies (not all) know that in order to keep your nose to the grindstone and the sweat pouring off your brow. How do they do this?

Your boss is probably routinely reinforcing a series of myths that is aimed at capturing your attention and your loyalty. And, with that, they intend on squeezing every last drop of passion and innovation out of you to make up for their own lack of intelligence and initiative.

Here are the five leading myths your boss desperately wants you to believe.

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