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When Your Boss Bugs You
Thursday, June 02, 2011 1:09 PM
TV classic The Office is gearing up for a season finale where the Dunder Mifflen gang meets prospective boss candidates. Star-studded possibilities include Ray Romano, Jim Carrey and even Ricky Gervais . Only on TV is a kooky, crazy, annoying boss cause for laughter. Are you starring in your own personal dramedy with your boss? We've posted here and here... Read More...
Let's Talk...Tips for Talking to Your Boss
Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:07 PM
Let's face it, bosses may be people too but sometimes chitchat with the corner-office occupant can feel a tad strained. You may be comfortable talking to your boss about work-related matters http://bit.ly/gkXDi9 but find that casual conversation throws you for a loop. If you need help finding conversational common ground with your boss for work outings, the... Read More...
Recovering from Mistakes
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 5:24 PM
Mistakes are an unavoidable part of work and life. It's been said that the greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually fear you will make one. This celebrated quote states the obvious: mistakes are going to be made, no if, ands or buts. So don't hamstring creativity or the occasional need for risk-taking by desperately trying to avoid errors... Read More...
Work it Out: Getting Along with Difficult Co-Workers
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 4:22 PM
In a perfect world, everybody would get along swimmingly including office co-workers. Alas, offices are full of people, and people come with a range of personalities, and not all interact harmoniously. Snow White may have watched the seven dwarves whistle their way to work but she still had to deal with Grumpy. Some fairytale! Getting along well with others is... Read More...
Communicating Better With Your Boss
Thursday, November 11, 2010 2:33 PM
If men are from Mars and women from Venus, what planets do bosses and direct reports occupy? Smart workers strive to be on the same planet, er, page as their boss. Direct, unambiguous and mutually respectful communications are key. Too often communication breaks down between bosses and direct reports because neither is speaking the same language: expectations... Read More...
When Networking Doesn’t Come Naturally
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 1:11 PM
Networking is not just for glad-handers and the gregarious. Anyone can network. Even shy, introverted people can master the art of introductions and expanding your circle of business contacts, colleagues and clients. Think networking isn't in your DNA? Entrepreneur magazine debunks the notion that shy people aren't good at networking. Networking is a... Read More...
Getting the Raise You Deserve
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 1:38 PM
Had a good year at work? Beat sales expectations or closed a big deal? Or perhaps you streamlined operations to achieve effective cost cutting or took on new responsibilities. If you've had a stellar year at work, it's time to ask for a raise... Read More...
Avoiding Communication Missteps
Thursday, October 07, 2010 2:00 PM
In real estate, the mantra may be "location, location, location" but at work the motto that makes life run smoothly is "communication, communication, communication." We blog about effective communication frequently (see past posts Something to Say? Choosing the Right Form of Communication and How to Write Persuasively and Why ) and we think... Read More...
Getting Back To Business
Thursday, September 09, 2010 2:34 PM
September is the time when America's workers put away the beach gear and renew their focus on work. Summer tans may be fading but smart employees can keep a glow by re-engaging at work. Author and employee retention expert Leigh Branham has made a career out of teaching employers how to engage and retain employees. But any successful relationship is a two... Read More...
From Playground to Boardroom: Dealing with Workplace Bullies
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 2:36 PM
Bullying in the schools and online is often headline news. Now a recent study says that America's workplaces are also the scene of troubling bullying. Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. workforce is either a victim of or a witness to bullying on the job according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI). What Does Workplace Bullying Look Like? What constitutes... Read More...
To Negotiate Well, Learn to Listen
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:25 PM
"The basic mistake people make in negotiations is not listening," said Steven P. Cohen , author of Negotiating Skills for Managers in a Forbes article The ABC's of Negotiating . "Information is the most important commodity that changes hands during negotiations," Cohen added. In a past post Negotiate What You Deserve , we blogged about... Read More...
When You Don’t Work with Mind-Readers
Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:14 PM
How many times in life have you wished you had a superpower? Leaping tall buildings in a single bound or seeing through walls? Nice work if you can get it but for those of us who can't read minds (and don't work with those who can) effective and clear communication skills are a must. Great Expectations Effective leaders set expectations for those who... Read More...
Decision Making 101
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 1:57 PM
It's been said that the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes. I'd amend that famous dictum to add....decisions. From sunrise to sunset, the day is jam-packed with decisions. And while many are relatively unimportant-coffee or tea?-other decisions are more weighted requiring careful attention for successful resolution. Effective decision... Read More...
How to be a Better Boss
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 2:13 PM
The hit show "Undercover Boss" is rolling out a new season featuring CEOs from mega-brands such as NASCAR and Chiquita slipping anonymously into their companies' rank and file. These honchos get an up-close, warts and all look at their companies' inner workings and leave enlightened about how to better run their company and be more effective... Read More...
Dial in, Log on: Your Conference has Begun
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 1:32 PM
When the corner office is across the globe, personnel increasingly need to work across wide geographies and multiple teams. In a past post Teams and Time Zones: Tips for a Global Workforce we offer ideas for managing the logistics of working in different offices and time zones. Useful options for bridging the time zone divide include web and teleconferencing... Read More...
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