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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 ...
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.
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So things started off great. I made every effort ...
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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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
What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...
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
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...
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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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
The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that the word
assertiveness derives from the verb to assert,
which, according t...
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
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'tâ€¦but they do have "the vision
thing" and they tend to be aw...
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...