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Something to Say? Choosing the Right Form of Communication
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 1:46 PM
To tweet or to e-mail? Phone or face-to-face? When a host of communication options are at your fingertips choosing the right one requires careful matching of audience and message. The Basics Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let's take a minute for an overview. Communication can be broken down into two broad categories: verbal and written. Both are used... Read More...
Toot Your Horn without Blowing It
Monday, August 02, 2010 4:03 PM
by Candie Harris Getting credit for good work is essential for career advancement. Promotions and accolades don't always go to the most qualified candidate; they often go to the person who has done the best job of shining a spotlight on their work... Read More...
Do Communications Tools Make Us More or Less Communicative?
Thursday, July 22, 2010 1:44 PM
"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." So said English chemist and writer Jason Priestly, oh, about 200 years before the iPhone and the rise of social media. What would Priestly make of the way we communicate today? Does the explosion of communications tools make us better communicators? Or does the more-is-more nature... Read More...
Leading a Remote Team
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 7:44 AM
FiFA World Cup fever, which heightened in intensity as the finals neared, united sports fans across the globe in front of their TVs. Global happenings like the World Cup, the Olympics or even Oscar night, can seemingly shrink the world to a small village but when tasked with managing a remote workforce-across continents or cities-the distance between remote team... Read More...
Teams and Time Zones: Tips for a Global Workforce
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:34 AM
When a team's members work in Bombay and Boston, creating a high-functioning unit is a challenge. Navigating diverse cultural expectations and work styles is one hurdle. The logistics of working across time zones is another. What Time Is It There? Global teams wanting to optimize performance and communications can use technology and schedules that minimize... Read More...
Drinking from the Virtual Water Cooler
Monday, June 28, 2010 8:31 AM
The office water cooler provides more than refreshment: it's the hub of office chit chat about World Cup standings and weekend plans while simultaneously being the front-line of critical office information . So what happens when a work environment... Read More...
How to Write Persuasively
Monday, June 28, 2010 8:28 AM
Writing clear, compelling communications that seduce readers with style and conviction is a must in the modern workplace. Need persuasion? Consider how many work products are written: e-mails, cover letters, sales pitches, internal memos, presentations... Read More...
How to Write Persuasively and Why
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:01 AM
To write is human. To persuade, divine. Writing clear, compelling communications that beguile readers with style and conviction is a must in the modern workplace. Do you want to convince readers of your viewpoint? Or to clearly communicate information or intentions? Of course you do! Sharpen Your Writing Skills Writing is a crucial part of the work day-to-day... Read More...
Seeing Both Sides of Workplace Gossip
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:09 AM
Have you been to the supermarket checkout counter lately? (And, by lately, I mean anytime in the last 30 or so years.) Look down to your left and/or right and you will see magazine racks filled with the likes of People, Star and National Enquirer. The evidence is right there in black and white: We are a gossip-loving culture. This truth was exposed in a powerful... Read More...
Tips for Identifying, Building and Managing Your Personal Brand
Tuesday, June 01, 2010 9:31 AM
Who are you? It is a timeless question. The Caterpillar posed it to Alice in Wonderland . The Who made it an anthem of their generation . And most of us would likely admit to asking it to ourselves from time to time. But knowing who we are is more than just a personal matter. As business management expert Tom Peters observed in his seminal 1997 Fast Company article... Read More...
When Your Office is a Starbucks (or a Safari): Tips for the Digital Nomad
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 8:46 AM
Technology is increasingly allowing digital nomads -location independent workers-to leverage the internet and devices like smartphones, making any spot on the globe a workplace. Whether your office is at the local coffeehouse, or in a far-flung locale, digital nomads require certain tools in their backpacks for success. The Digital Nomad Here are some tips for... Read More...
Taming Office Interruptions
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 9:26 AM
"Got a minute?" How many times during your typical workday do you hear this question or its equivalent in the form of an urgent email or a phone call requiring your immediate attention? Can That Call Wait? Turn on Your Voicemail! According to a New York Times article on the chaos of modern office life , you probably hear it more times than you can count... Read More...
The New Culture of Collaboration at Work
Thursday, May 06, 2010 12:09 PM
by Candie Harris 1968 It was a year marked by social and political unrest. It was also the birth year of the office cubicle , that symbol of the modern workplace chronicled -and lamented- in Scott Adams' wildly popular Dilbert comic strip. The designer... Read More...
Strategies For Communicating Across Workplace Generation Gaps
Thursday, May 06, 2010 9:53 AM
By Candie Harris Where do you hear the sounds of fountain pens scratching on paper while smartphones buzz with incoming text messages? In the typical workplace. There are four generations at work today: Traditionalists (born before 1946) value loyalty... Read More...
Do Not Be Invisible at Work
Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:55 AM
You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must be a meaningful specific. Become Your Own Advocate This is a well-known quote from author/motivational speaker Zig Ziglar . While open to multiple interpretations, for me, it resonates as a call-to-action - a call to make our unique accomplishments known so we can stand out in the crowd. This can be a challenging... Read More...
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