Some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs and moguls have a faint whiff of Bond villain about them. Elon Musk is in on the joke to the point where he’s been known to change his Twitter avatar to a Blofeld-esque photo of him petting a cat. So it’s not as strange as it seems to look to the bad guys of the Bond films for a bit of career inspiration. This week’s roundup also offers tips for working from home, and advice on how to keep your secret job search, well, a secret.
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TJ Glenn at The Fast Track: 4 Leadership Lessons From James Bond Villains
Ernst Stavros Blofeld. Hugo Drax. Auric Goldfinger. Francisco Scaramanga. Le Chiffre. While the world might applaud the heroics of James Bond, it’s villains who are the driving force in his books and movies. And many of them happen to make great managers.
Think about it. With only a few people and some oversized ambition, they’re able to conceive and execute astonishing plans while leading small teams and managing tight resources.
Glenn’s advice will have you thinking differently about management and maybe your favorite business leaders, as well.
“In a day and age when it’s becoming increasingly common to move on from a job after a relatively short amount of time, many people are ‘always job searching’ – or, at least, always open to new opportunities that might come their way,” writes Alison Doyle. “That being said, you don’t want your employer to know that you aren’t 100% committed to your current position. if you are intending to move on, there are many reasons to keep your job search secret.”
Her tips include being wary of social media updates, planning interviews strategically, and being smart about which colleagues to use as a reference.
Mary Sherwood Sevinsky at Careerealism: 14 Tips for Working From Home
Working from home is arguably the new American dream. After all, if we’re going to be connected to work for most of our waking hours anyway, why not toil away in the comfort of our own homes – and maybe get a chance to throw in a load of laundry on our lunch break?
Done right, and telecommuting can make work-life balance possible. Done poorly, and it can wreck your career and personal life. Sevinsky’s tips include communicating with your employer about expectations, setting boundaries with your family and friends, and taking care of yourself.
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