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Three Communication Tips Every Leader Should Use

By Joe McCormack

Brief breakthroughs can come at any time. “I wish I knew how important brevity was for me 30 years ago.” That’s a powerful confession to hear from an accomplished Fortune 500 professional. I had just wrapped up a “Brief Leadership” seminar with a group of manufacturing managers and one of their senior leaders pulled me aside afterward. I thought he was going to thank ...

What Board Games Teach Us About Communication at Work

By Jeana Quigley

A couple weeks ago, I played the board game Settlers of Catan at a party. It was introduced to me as causing lots of family strife—including day-long silences, tears and even groundings—but still, this family couldn’t get enough of it. So I agreed to play and told them not to worry, I don’t care if I win. Help and Get Helped So things started off great. I made every effort ...

Staff manager who plays favorites is playing with fire

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I have a situation in my office for which I would like your advice. I work for a very large telecommunications company on the east coast. Although I have been working in my position as an account manager for four years now, I started working for a new boss a year ago due to a merger. I recently discovered that this boss takes certain employees in our department to baseball games ...

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Performance review - tips for writing your self assessment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My performance review is coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask you a question about something that has me ill at ease. Last week my boss asked me if I would fill out a ‘self assessment," which is basically filling out my own performance review. I have never done this before and I'm not sure what I should do. What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...

Describe Your Ideal Work Environment

By John Putzier

Have you ever been asked to describe your ideal work environment? What do they want to hear? What if I describe something that they cannot provide? Isn't this a no-win question? As I have indicated in prior "gut wrenchers" articles, when in doubt, tell the truth. What a concept! Actually, that is what you should do. The reason so many people find questions like these so difficult is because they d...

The Art of Negotiating a Raise, Promotion, Better Job Title, and Bonus

By Teena Rose

Negotiation is a give-and-take process until an eventual agreement is reached between two or more parties. To understand the art of negotiation, a jobseeker must understand that it is a give process as much as it is a receiving process. Look at the proposition from the side of your employer. When faced with such a proposition, your superior will ask himself the reasons you're deserving of more and...

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Are you Assertive or Aggressive?

By Dan Bobinski

Too often, people who think they're acting assertively are really acting aggressively. The mistake is often accidental. In reality, such people are simply trying to get their needs met, but a huge gap differentiates the two behaviors and a mix-up can bring unintended consequences. The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that the word assertiveness derives from the verb to assert, which, according t...

I have this idea for a business...

By GL Hoffman

This is how it all starts. And, unless you have a partner or a frog in your pocket, it's the last time you should use the word "I" when referring to your new business. There are some businesses that prosper only because the founder has the personal power, skill set and knowledge to make it all happen. Most founders don't…but they do have "the vision thing" and they tend to be aw...

Its Just a Suggestion

By Rick Speckmann

How many times have you found yourself feeling sandblasted with another person’s advice. It is pretty frustrating to be in the presence of the annoying, highly opinionated “advice giver." After all, you were only looking for some input and somehow you ended up with a command. Why is it that some people don’t know the difference between providing a recommendati...