This site explores scenarios of corporate dysfunction that can derail your career. The Navigator provides guidance of how to advance your career despite these obstacles.

How to Win in the No-Win Job

"The Door"

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You have reached a conclusion that you are in a no-win job.  Your suspicions began soon after you took a new position that had such great promise.  At first you tried to ignore your predecessor’s meticulous but half-finished project plans that were jammed in the top right drawer of your office.   Vaguely disturbing was the use of red crayon on post-it notes that fell behind the bookcase.  You felt queasy when you discovered a half-eaten sandwich and a lone shoe in your office coat closet.  Who leaves with only one shoe?   You conclude that something monstrous has consumed those before you, but what?  If you are seeking hard-won wisdom by those who have concluded that they are in a no-win situation and still managed to squeeze every ounce of opportunity out of it, then tighten your seat belts and read on.  

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How Corporate Speak Can Hurt Your Career

"The Snoozy Lunch & Learn"

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The Navigator has a sneaking suspicion that today’s organizations are filled with humans that have turned into robots.  He does not refer to humans being replaced by robots, but humans turning into robots as exhibited by their lack of curiosity – a condition where employees respond to small immediate stimuli throughout their day without obtaining the big picture.  There are several contributing factors to this devolution of the human condition but none is as mechanizing as the internal language used in corporations known as Corporate Speak or CS.  If you find yourself growing drowsy from the soothing concoctions of CS that you are offered in corporate communications, team meetings, and performance reviews, you had better snap out of it.  CS can hinder your career advancement if you don’t know how and when to ask for clarity. 

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