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    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader

    How to Survive a Bad Team Leader
    For almost everyone, having a job means working on teams. But not all team leaders know how to create successful teams--by building consensus, setting agendas, meeting deadlines, encouraging good ideas, and so on. In fact, many team leaders are thrown into the role without training in any of these areas. If your leader seems to be less than fully competent, there ...
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    Lead by Example

    Lead by Example
    It sounds so easy. Lead by example. We can't expect others to do something we don't do ourselves. This applies to any aspect of our lives. — If we aren't punctual, we can't expect others to be. — If we expect others to pick up their shoes around the house, then we need to pick up our own. — If we ...
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    10 Mistakes Business Owners Make

    10 Mistakes Business Owners Make
    I've been in business for 13 years and have seen my share of mistakes made by business owners - many that certainly could have been avoided. Here is my top 10 list of common mistakes business owners make, along with advice on how to avoid following suit. 1. Failure to hire for fit. Think about a job that you worked in ...
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    The Scoop on Being Vanilla

    The Scoop on Being Vanilla
    I love vanilla. My favorite milkshake is vanilla. Fave scent? Yep, vanilla. Every morning, vanilla creamer in my coffee. But I realize many people have the perception that vanilla is a bad thing. Vanilla is plain and boring. So I thought for all those people out there who might be thinking the last thing I want to be known as is ...
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    How to Speak More Assertively

    How to Speak More Assertively
    If you deal with daily meetings and interactions with coworkers, you know just how important it is to speak assertively. But what exactly does “assertively” mean and how do you speak your mind without coming across as rude? These are important questions, as communicating effectively — not to mention politely — is pivotal to your professional success. The last thing you ...
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    Get a Job With a Leadership Role

    Get a Job With a Leadership Role
    A reader writes: I've been working since I was in high school - retail gigs, etc were the norm for me until I went to junior college and started temping in offices. It grew a bit from there, as I learned all the new programs, and because I was a fast keyer, was cast in roles like accounting. Finally, in 2006, ...
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    Ask the CEO to Fund My Side Business?

    Ask the CEO to Fund My Side Business?
    A reader writes: I work in an online marketing company. It is a small startup company and it feels like a family. The partners, CEO, and managers are great. I came up with a business idea that will be in a market that is totally different than the company. I want to pursue this on the side and it won't interfere ...
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    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job

    6 Ways to Turn a Job Fair into a Job
    When you’re young and the world is seemingly your oyster, going to a job fair sounds like a no-brainer. A bunch of companies looking to hire? and All in the same place? As long as you bring enough copies of your resume and pass them out to everyone, you’re certain to get a callback. Right? Not necessarily. Without the right approach, ...
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    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting

    7 Tips to Make Meetings More Interesting
    Meetings can be deadly, especially if they feel unproductive. Listening to your boss drone on and on about things that don't affect you just isn’t a smart use of your time. So how can you make your boring meetings more productive? Research shows that increasing activity and creativity in meetings helps increase brain activity and alertness. Everyone's happier when you make ...
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    Manage Your Office Door

    Manage Your Office Door
    Seth Godin's wrote a great post titled "Goodbye to the Office", challenging conventional thought about the traditional office environment. I can certainly see his point. It's one of the reasons I'm writing at Workshifting blog and am involved in social media. The development of the freelance economy along with the technology tools at our fingertips could make the traditional office obsolete. ...
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    Whatever Happened to Transparency?

    Whatever Happened to Transparency?
    You remember transparency, don't you? Sure you do! Everyone was talking about it several months ago. It came right along with being on social media and operating openly in our communications. The idea was, to be successful, particularly on social media, you needed to be transparent – or, open, honest, and respectful in your interactions with others. Funny thing, though . ...
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    Avoid These Grammar and Spelling Mistakes

    Avoid These Grammar and Spelling Mistakes
    It’s hard enough to come up with the right words to sell yourself in a resume or cover letter, without the English language tripping you up. One little mistake in spelling or grammar can ruin an entire resume or cover letter. It’s not easy to remember all the rules of the English language. So here’s a little cheat-sheet to help you ...
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    Fear of Public Speaking?

    Fear of Public Speaking?
    I hate public speaking. I know a few people that have told me in all honesty that they really love it. I have a feeling that these people have something wrong with them. One of the first public speaking disasters I was a part of was in high school. We did this competition called We The People and the culmination was ...
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    7 Secrets for Good Meetings

    7 Secrets for Good Meetings
    One of the biggest changes I experienced when I became a consultant involved meetings. Working in corporate, I attended a lot of meetings – many of them were routine like staff meetings or safety meetings, etc. As a consultant, the number of meetings I attend has diminished significantly. And maybe it's just me but, the meetings I do go to for ...
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    When to Go with Your Gut at Work

    When to Go with Your Gut at Work
    Ever get a hunch but can’t put your finger on why you feel the way you do? Perhaps it’s the way a coworker reacts to your proposal, or a strange feeling that your boss isn’t happy with your performance. Not everything can be worked out with a pro and con list. Much of working with people is following your intuition. And ...
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    The Transparency Test

    The Transparency Test
    A little while back, I talked about how transparency seems to have faded from our conversations both on and off social media. One of the reasons for this could be that we don't really know what to look for in terms of transparency. It got me thinking. How do we know if an organization is operating in a transparent manner? So ...
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    Role Playing? Forget it!

    Role Playing? Forget it!
    There. I said it. No one wants to participate in role play exercises. In fact, I think the only people who actually like role plays are old school instructional designers (I try to avoid them when I design) and far too many HR pros. Sure, people suggest role plays all the time. But recommending a role play and raising your hand to ...
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    Email Etiquette: How to Write it Right

    Email Etiquette: How to Write it Right
    If you’ve ever begged IT to stop a sent email in its tracks, or wasted an entire morning sifting through an unruly inbox, it might just be time for an email refresher course. In this age of BlackBerry-toting professionals connected by email around globe, it's crucial to abide by the written (and unwritten) rules of email communications. You don’t want to ...
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    Refining Your Business

    Refining Your Business
    Are you letting business get away because of your processes and people? I received a call this morning from a large tire retailer, who wanted to offer my husband an additional 10 percent off the purchase of the four tires he tried to buy there yesterday. My response was, "Why didn't you offer him your best deal while he was there? ...
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    Dealing With a Non-Communicative Manager

    Dealing With a Non-Communicative Manager
    A reader writes: My boss is intermittently non-communicative and micromanaging, neither of which I can tolerate. We will go weeks without meeting to discuss a project and then at the last minute she will “fling” across very unclear direction to me to execute (usually in the same day). She typically talks to me about a project as if we’ve been planning ...
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