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Thomas Stern

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A Kick in the Career: My Interview with Sustainable Dave

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 11:31 AM

Stepping toward green-activist Dave Chameides' front door, I found myself hesitant to even ring the doorbell--it seemed a needless waste of electricity. It is hard not to check in with oneself on such matters after going over the background materials on Sustainable Dave's Web site. That's the online portal...

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A Kick in the Career: R.I.P. Public Access Television

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 10:55 AM

Here in Los Angeles, the city rang in the New Year by closing down all of its public access TV studios, signaling an end to homegrown, grass roots production of eclectic and often monumentally weird alternative programming. Cities in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana are also shutting down facilities, and if...

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A Kick in the Career: A Headhunter's Guide to the Highest-Grossing Films of 2008

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2008 | 2:10 PM

As an executive recruiter, it is my job to examine trends, gauge the needs of the marketplace and get my clients into jobs that will make the best use of their skill sets. When the process is firing on all cylinders, it is extremely rewarding. The client is happy, and...

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A Kick in the Career: The Economic Downturn Holiday Songbook!

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2008 | 4:11 PM

"Music hath charms," so English poet William Congreve said it in 1697, "to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." I don't know about you, but given the recent official announcement of a recession (duh), my nerves have been rather like a knotted oak lately,...

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A Kick in the Career: Bailout, Bailout, Who's Got the Bailout?

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2008 | 8:51 AM

If you have wandered into any of the nation's leading retail establishments lately, you have experienced first hand the lackluster, even fearful approach to consumer spending that has left your neighborhood Target or Circuit City resembling the decimated wasteland that is left after the demons in the Ark kill everyone...

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A Kick in the Career: How to Adapt to a New Leader

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 4:44 PM

Anyone who has ever had a job (which I assume includes most everybody reading this, unless my cousin Rudy -- who has been spending the past eight years thinking that reciting his poetry in coffeehouses to an audience of nine people, six of whom still wear berets on a regular...

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A Kick In The Career: Negative Campaigning For Fun and Profit

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2008 | 6:12 PM

Ah, the pre-election, winding-down death throes of a long political campaign and the guaranteed finger-pointing nastiness that ensues as each candidate tries to smear the other in a thick coating of "unsuitable for office." It's a delightful tradition, and one to which the general public has become inured, even as...

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A Kick in the Career: Becoming a Doctor? That is so Dial-Up!

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2008 | 12:09 PM

This month, U.S. News and World Report weighed in with some sobering news (as opposed to the side-splitting, laugh riot pieces they normally run): that only two percent of almost 1,200 surveyed graduating medical students said they want to work in primary care or internal medicine. Why? Because they did...

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A Kick in the Career: What Sarah Palin Might Have In Common With Your Boss

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 2:20 PM

One thing you can say about Sarah Palin: she is certainly a conversation starter. I haven't had this much fodder for party banter since Don Imus revealed to the world that his future as a college basketball coach was limited. The left will argue that Palin's stands on key issues...

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A Kick in the Career: Back To School or Back to Boot Camp?

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2008 | 4:24 PM

Sometimes, when the daily grind gets to me, I think back to my carefree days in pre-school, when they gave you a nice nap in the middle of the day. Alas, it's forty some-odd years later, and corporate America does not allow for naps. Even though sometimes, as the economy...

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A Kick in the Career: It's Labor Day, Get Back to Work!

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2008 | 10:00 PM

Shouldn't we all be working on Labor Day? It is a day that, in the words of the U.S. Department of Labor's Web site is designed to honor the American worker; a person who is "the creator of much of the nation's strength, freedom and leadership." And, I might add,...

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A Kick in the Career: What Do You Want, a Gold Medal?

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2008 | 1:16 AM

Watching the Olympics always fills me with a series of complicated emotions -- a veritable frisson of admiration, pity and jealousy. Admiration because these competitors represent the pinnacle of achievement in all of their respective fields; whether they are a Decathlete gliding toward the finish line of a 1500 meter...

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A Kick in the Career: Take Back the Internet! Generating a Passive-Aggressive Income Stream

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2008 | 2:26 PM

Psst. Hey, you. That's right, the one who's staring at your computer screen. Come over here. No, no, over here. I need a place where we can talk privately, because what I am about to tell you is so explosive, so potentially incendiary to the entire world order that I...

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A Kick in the Career: The Portability Factor

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2008 | 7:44 PM

I think I know why legendary quarterback Brett Favre has struggled so mightily with the issue of his own his retirement. It's because over the last twenty-five years, since he's been putting on a helmet and shoulder pads, he forgot to learn another core competency to carry him into his...

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A Kick in the Career: Facebook This!

(4) Comments | Posted August 4, 2008 | 11:14 AM

Remember when the only thing chaining you to your computer was email? Oh, how I long for those days, the way a caveman must have gazed wistfully at the new invention called the wheel while grunting unintelligibly about how much simpler things were when his only concern was clubbing things...

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You Can Take That To the Bank...not!

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2008 | 4:54 PM

Are we nuts? Why do we continue to put such effort into our careers when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are tanking faster than Ron Paul at a charisma contest? And the very names of these institutions don't exactly inspire confidence in their economic acumen. Smith-Barney, now that sounds like...

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A Kick in the Career: Amazing True Stories of Death by Overtime

(8) Comments | Posted July 22, 2008 | 11:15 AM

Some guy in Japan just bought the farm by working too hard. You heard right. He was 45, the lead engineer for a Toyota hybrid car division. While he was helping us reduce our dependence on oil, the poor guy ran out of gas. And he didn't even live as...

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A Kick In the Career: The Perils of Personal Branding

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2008 | 3:11 PM

The only sensible thing to do when one is about to kick off a career column is to Google the word "career." Let's face it, we live in a world where if you don't do a little Googling before you put pen to paper (or keyboard to cyberspace) then you...

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