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“Friends, how many of us have them?” That is the beginning of a hook by a 1980s hip-hop group called Whodini. This day and age, it could not be further from the truth. How many Facebook “friends,” LinkedIn “connections,” and Twitter “followers” do we have with whom we’ve never connected with any more than to say “Can we connect?” So what right do you have to introduce yourself as a friend* of mine? This is why I often have a problem making connections via social networks. If I don’t know both parties well, I usually decline to make the desired introduction just because, if I am willing to introduce you on a professional level, it is because I believe in your character. Which means I have to know your character. Anyway, check out this piece by Adam Grant and allow it to help you be more selective with your word choice when making introductions.
Money is one thing that, no matter what industry you’re in, if you don’t barter for a living, you need to survive. But the question for most of us is how do we get more? If your primary source of income comes from someone else signing your checks, you might want to figure out a way to get a raise to add to your financial security. But how do you go about doing that? Kate Ashford gives one heck of a tip to help you move up to the next tax bracket. Of course, make sure it fits with your situation and, if so, apply it.