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    5 Reasons We Love (Or Hate!) Our Jobs

    5 Reasons We Love (Or Hate!) Our Jobs
    More often than not, people are describing what they do as “just a job.” As someone who has always loved her job, I’ve found this sentiment surprising and decided to do a some research. What makes someone love their job, instead of hating it? More importantly, is there anything you can do to turn a job you hate into your dream ...
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    10 Career Resolutions for the New Year

    10 Career Resolutions for the New Year
    Like the old saying, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life," it's never a bad time to start moving your career in a better direction. Here are 10 New Year's resolutions to help. 1. Pay Attention in Class Treat every workday like a school day. Be sure you learn something and use it to make yourself more ...
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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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    8 Ways to Influence People

    8 Ways to Influence People
    You know, the way in which we behave as managers and the approach we take, will most definitely have a marked effect on our ultimate success or failure - sounds obvious? Having a range of approaches and styles of behavior gives us more flexibility. It increases our options – and our chances of success. Natural Styles Most managers have a natural ...
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    Motivating Without Money

    Motivating Without Money
    Keeping employees engaged is critical during an economic downturn. Here are some smart ways to do it. In the months after September 11, as business activity slowed to a crawl, Steve Kerr, then the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs (GS), launched a leadership seminar for senior managers that he nicknamed "Motivating Without Money." The daylong sessionsdiscussed how Goldman's managers could ...
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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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    Is Leadership an Occupation?

    Is Leadership an Occupation?
    Recently, I met someone who’s looking for a new opportunity (read: they’re unemployed). When I asked them what kind of work they were looking for, they said they wanted to be a leader. It took me a few moments to process the reply. I hadn’t really spent a lot of time considering it. Is being a leader an occupation? I mean, ...
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    Asserting Your Authority as a New Manager

    Asserting Your Authority as a New Manager
    A reader writes: I'm a new manager in a very small team -- my office is about 6 people, including my boss (the self-proclaimed CEO). There's no HR, and generally we're all on the same playing field. Except, apparently, when it comes to me. I was unofficially promoted when my manager left -- my official job description and pay has never ...
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    How to Track Your Achievements

    How to Track Your Achievements
    What did you achieve last year? What progress did you make towards your goals? Those are questions that, a few years ago, I’d have had trouble answering. Perhaps I could point to some money saved up, or to the next step of a qualification earned, but it was hard to see whether I’d really made much progress. Often, I’d feel bad ...
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    Winning Management Lessons From the NFL

    Winning Management Lessons From the NFL
    In case the unpredictability, camaraderie and showmanship weren't enough reasons to spend a day watching football, there's also plenty you can learn about managing a business. Fans know the game's much more complex than it's often given credit for. After all, sports analysts have no problem spending hours every week discussing the previous weekend's games and potential strategies for those upcoming. ...
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    Five Reasons Leaders Lose Credibility

    Five Reasons Leaders Lose Credibility
    According to the American Heritage Dictionary, credible means: "1. Capable of being believed; plausible. 2. Worthy of confidence; reliable." For our purposes, we'll define credibility as "how believable you are to others." James Kouzes, author of _Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It,_ says, "Credibility is the foundation of leadership. If people don't believe in the messenger, ...
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    Engage in Conflict Now

    Engage in Conflict Now
    For many people, the mere mention of the word "conflict" makes them shudder, even though addressing conflict is a good thing. That’s why most of my clients are surprised when I suggest that they not only attend to but engage conflict with as much candor as possible-- particularly while it's minor so it doesn't grow into something unmanageable. Take, for example, ...
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    Have Something To Say? When the Answer is No

    Have Something To Say? When the Answer is No
    Even when you do everything right, the answer can still end up being “no.” You can have a great idea. You can present it beautifully. It can be perfect timing. And the answer might still be no. There are lots of reasons for this: company doesn’t have any money, the employees aren’t skilled enough to implement the suggestion, managers can’t embrace ...
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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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    Multilingual Workplaces: The Etiquette of Talk

    Multilingual Workplaces: The Etiquette of Talk
    Has this happened to you? The conversation drifting over the cubicle wall is in Chinese, and you wonder: Are my colleagues talking about me? Or you and a coworker are in the cafeteria talking about Mexico's World Cup chances. Suddenly, you notice angry glances from the next table. It's not your soccer analysis; it's that you're not speaking English that galls ...
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    Don't Be Afraid to Ask About Differences

    Don't Be Afraid to Ask About Differences
    Diversity scares many people. They are too afraid to ask questions about differences, such as a person's culture or background. They may be worried about appearing nosy or patronizing, or are downright terrified of offending colleagues. Asking about differences is fine. In fact, it is an excellent way to learn about the diversity around you, to communicate respect for others and ...
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    Resolve Office Conflicts

    Resolve Office Conflicts
    When the going gets tough, your coworkers can be the first to get on your last nerve. Whether it's due to on-the-job pressures, stress at home, familiarity or just proximity, when you're feeling hot under the collar, it's often your coworkers who wind up feeling the heat - whether they actually deserve it or not. So the next time you're ready ...
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    Top 5 Business Manners that Truly Matter

    Top 5 Business Manners that Truly Matter
    The knowledge of business etiquette applies to all, whether you’re a successful business executive or a recent college graduate just entering the business world. We can all use gentle reminders of how to behave appropriately in our day-to-day business life. There may be times when you find the adage true that “you don’t know what you don’t know”, so it behooves ...
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    Chain of Command

    Chain of Command
    I always enjoy debates about the chain of command concept. I’ve found most people are completely fine with chain of command as long as things are good (for them). The minute situations turn sour, then employees question why chain of command exists. Obviously, there are two directions in the chain of command. Up and down. Most of the time, people think ...
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    Best of Inspiration from Exec Women in Government Conference

    Best of Inspiration from Exec Women in Government Conference
    I had the pleasure and privilege of speaking at the Executive Women in Government conference yesterday. There were about eight speakers - all powerful and inspiring leaders - and their messages seem to come together in a wonderful call to action. The post I did on Relevancy, Vibrancy, and Legacy shared the main points of my contribution. Here are a few ...