Brutal Job Market Molding Dr. Phil's Everywhere
The job market has sent people searching for answers, and their search has resulted in a mass exodus to the self-help aisles, creating a mini-boom in the ever popular self-help industry. But how useful is all this career advice?
Looking to quell fears of impending job loss, several print and online publications have unveiled their lists of "can't-miss" ways for Americans to keep their jobs. An About.com list of 10 tips starts with "don't excel," followed immediately by "don't do poorly." Desperate--and by now confused--readers are later instructed to "use the mantra ‘I'm just happy to have a job.'"
Those hoping for something more, well, helpful than statements on mediocrity and self-preservation have sought out the popular business self-help racket, headlined by Stephen Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and its 15 million copies sold. With the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing 5.7 million jobs lost since December 2007, a troubled publishing industry is seizing a the opportunity.
The new crop of career rescuing titles started last year with the release of Stephen Viscusi's "Bulletproof Your Job: 4 Simple Strategies to Ride Out the Rough Times and Come Out on Top at Work." In the search for a voice on professional stability, the CEO of the Viscusi Group executive search firm subsequently became a job-keeping authority.
With Viscusi appearing on everything from Good Morning America to the Tyra Banks Show, book stores have since seen a wave of similar leadership and job books. Originally a best-seller in the UK, Life's a Pitch recently made its North American debut while Harvard Business School Press' "Think Again" ties efficient decision-making directly to certain brain processes. Even Newt Gingrich has a new leadership book. Of course, the beauty of the self-help industry, which saw $11 billion in revenue in the U.S. market alone, is that there aren't available metrics to confirm how truly helpful these books are. But the market at least shows that self-help gurus are keeping their jobs.
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You can say 'no' to things, and you should. Do it like this.
- Give yourself permission to say "no" to things. Saying yes to everything is a fast way to burn out.
- Learn to say no in a way that keeps the door of opportunity open: No should never be a one-word answer. Say "No, but I could do this instead," or, "No, but let me connect you to someone who can help."
- If you really want to say yes but can't manage another commitment, try qualifiers like "yes, if," or "yes, after."
Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
- Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
Neuroscience research suggests it might be time to rethink our ideas about when exactly a child becomes an adult.
- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
- The findings raise complex ethical questions about the way our criminal justice systems punishes criminals in their late teens and early 20s.
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