Age gives you an edge in the workplace. Here’s how.

60 is the new 30, says Melanie Katzman. Embrace your age and the benefits that come with it.

  • Melanie Katzman has 30 years of experience in her field, yet was advised to tell people she had just 20 years of experience so she wouldn't seem too out of touch.
  • Katzman strongly disagrees with that assessment of age in the workplace. Rather than see it as a liability, older professionals should embrace their age and experience. They can see patterns more broadly, plus they have deep network connections, information, and the desire to be generous.
  • "Research shows us that generativity flows downhill," says Katzman. "... New recruits and aging boomers can really change the world together but we have to not be afraid of stating our age."
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Want to be a better leader? Take off the mask.

The best leaders don't project perfection. Peter Fuda explains why.

  • There are two kinds of masks leaders wear. Executive coach Peter Fuda likens one to The Phantom of the Opera—projecting perfectionism to hide feelings of inadequacy—and the other to The Mask, where leaders assume a persona of toughness or brashness because they imagine it projects the power needed for the position.
  • Both of those masks are motivated by self-protection, rather than learning, growth and contribution. "By the way," says Fuda, "your people know you're imperfect anyway, so when you embrace your imperfections they know you're honest as well."
  • The most effective leaders are those who try to perfect their craft rather than try to perfect their image. They inspire a culture of learning and growth, not a culture where people are afraid to ask for help.

To learn more, visit peterfuda.com.

For under $40, ZapReader can get you reading up to three times faster

Improve your reading speed and comprehension with proven tactics gathered from experts in the field.

  • ZapReader uses expert guidance to boost reading speed by up to three times.
  • The ZapReader system helps eliminate bad reading habits set in childhood.
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Grow your career (and salary) with industry-recognized certification training

Few career moves can make as immediate an impact as adding some advanced certifications to the resume. Meanwhile, the right certifications can increase your salary by as much as 40%.

  • Whizlabs offers certification training that can grow your career.
  • Whizlabs training includes fields like cloud computing, project management, digital marketing and more.
  • A lifetime Whizlabs subscription is discounted to $59.
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5 ways to pursue a passion project while working a full-time job

There's a reason they call work "work."

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I'm a writer (in case that wasn't obvious). I'm also a visual artist and musician, but unlike writing, I don't have the privilege of drawing or singing professionally.

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