Author: Karin Lee

Cover Letter Writing: It’s All About (What) You (Can Offer)

Having proofread cover letters for a long, long time, I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been getting in quite a few with the following about why the writer wants the job. Have a look at: This one: I think the summer job at your company can offer me what I want in a working day: collaboration, … les mer

Thoughts on Working While Walking an Indian Trail

Have you ever heard of the Cochise Stronghold? No? Neither had I until recently. A little over an hour’s drive east of Tucson, Arizona, you find a part of the Coronado National Forest called the Cochise Stronghold. An interesting name combination if you’re not familiar with the area. Who was Cochise, and why is it … les mer

So, You (Think You) Have a Bad Job?

Are you working in Norway? Sometimes wishing you weren’t? That working life might be better somewhere else? On a related note, have you ever gotten a work-related wake-up call at your hairdresser’s? I sure got woken up last week while sitting in the chair at a new salon I was trying in Tucson, Arizona, USA. … les mer

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Presentation: Bloodhound Supersonic Car – The need for speed

Just how fast can a supersonic car travel over land?

In 1997 driver Andy Green found out in his Thrust SSC: 763 MPH/1,228 KPH.
Now he wants to beat his own record. Les mer

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Lecture: Philosophy of Leadership

If you look up an English translation for the Norwegian word ‘leder’, there are often two words that come up: manager and leader. While the first word seems limited to the private world of business, the second comprises so much more – qualities many of us would like to have, including knowledge, decisiveness, courage, in … les mer

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Integration at Work: Simply the Best?

If you’ve lived in Norway for awhile, you’ll be familiar with the funny ad campaigns run by one of the grocery chains here. In the TV ads, some humorous situation is played out in the extreme, yet always ends with this message on the screen: “the simple is often the best.” This phrase could apply … les mer

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Are you (at all) interested in what you do at work?

Are you interested in what you do at work? If so, are you able to tell someone else about why you are? These questions came up in connection with a course I was teaching last week, where we’d come to a section on meetings. Not just group meetings and how to make yourself heard, but … les mer

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Multicultural Meetings: Do you speak up?

As children, we’re often to taught to use our words, speak our minds. At the same time, we’re taught to be polite and not interrupt others when they’re speaking. This can be confusing for us as adults, especially in the world of work. Especially at meetings, even more so at multicultural meetings. Even more so … les mer

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How to Explain a [Hole/Gap] in Your CV

When talking about your past, is there any difference between using the word “hole” or  “gap”? When running a course, I don’t often correct anyone’s English. In fact, just the opposite – when starting out, I emphasize that everyone sitting there is about to get a grammar-free experience. We’re not back in grammar school English … les mer

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The Italian Job: Network(ing) Failure at Its Finest

Sometimes I really bomb at this networking thing. The scene was a cathedral fellowship hall in Bologna, Italy in September last year. My chamber choir was visiting our Italian equivalent to put on a joint concert that evening. The Italians had put on a delicious spread of food for us before said concert started, and … les mer

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