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Maintain a Healthy Distance from Unhealthy People

By | Posted Feb 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

Is your office full of negative people who only bring you down? In order to create a more positive, powerful environment, you must create and maintain a healthy distance from those unhealthy, toxic people. Karen Nourizadeh offers her advice on how to do just that. See her eight tips for distancing yourself from those negative personalities, and how they can lead you to greater productivity.

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Effective Group Contributions: An Interview with Cass Sunstein

By | Posted Feb 4, 2015

Are the best ideas always the ones that make it to the execution stage? Do some ideas remain unspoken in favor of an authority figure’s desires? Cass Sunstein has written about groupthink and social psychology, and recently sat down with AMA for an exclusive interview. See how he would combat groupthink and inspire effective group contributions, so that everyone’s ideas are heard and considered.

How to Deal with Difficult Coworkers

By | Posted Jan 15, 2015

Is there someone in your office that constantly gets under your skin? Are they too loud or patronizing? Most likely, there is at least one person who is bothersome at work. Michelle Tillis Lederman has dealt with several different types of difficult co-workers, and offers her advice on how to deal with them and get back to work. See how to deal with four types of difficult co-workers before the problem gets worse.

Rewiring Yourself to Listen

By | Posted Jan 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

How well do you listen to your coworkers and employees? Do you hear what they are saying, or only what you want to hear?

Techniques to Improve Your Active Listening Skills

By | Posted Dec 30, 2014 | 1 Comment

When you are in a conversation with your peers, employees, or managers, are you really listening? Active listening is an important skill that shows you are paying attention and are engaged in the conversation. Howard Miller offers his advice on how to become a better active listener, and how improving your business conversation skills can help raise performance levels in your organization.

Ten Phrases That Should Be Banned from Your Workplace Vocabulary

By | Posted Dec 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

Are your words hurting your productivity? Perhaps even your career prospects? There are some phrases that you simply should never say in the workplace. Either they show you are negative and insecure, or they are unhelpful and inappropriate. Darlene Price wants to help maximize your career success, and explains why you should banish ten phrases from your workplace vocabulary.

Smartest Meeting Strategy: Leave Your Smartphone in Your Office

By | Posted Dec 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

How often are you on your smartphone? There is a good chance that using your smartphone is interfering with your ability to focus and reach your highest level of productivity. This is especially the case in meetings, where some of the most important decisions must be made, says Sander Flaum. See why he believes the best meeting strategy is one that doesn’t involve any smartphones, and why you’re better off leaving your phone on your desk.

Can You Trust HR?

By | Posted Nov 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

When you have a problem at home, who do you turn to? Preferably, there is someone you can trust to confide your issues or troubles in. At work, the first place we turn to for help is often HR, but can you really trust them? Keli Trejo and Maya Townsend explain why your HR department is the best place to turn in times of crisis, and offer advice on how to build a trusting relationship with your HR partner to create a safe environment of free speech.

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Communication: Sample Phrases for Performance Appraisal

By | Posted Oct 1, 2014 | 4 Comments

Communication: Top Performance Review Phrases to Help Your Employees Enhance Their Communication Skillset This is the third in a series […]

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Communication Tops List of Skills Training for Individual Contributors

By | Posted Sep 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Communication tops the list of skills training provided to individual contributors. This according to a survey of executives and managers […]

Fun Staff Meeting Ideas That Energize Communication

By | Posted Aug 25, 2014 | 4 Comments

When you were a kid, “fun” was not a dirty word. If your mother asked, “How was school today?” and […]

Engaging Resistance to Achieve the Change We Want

By | Posted Aug 7, 2014

Too often, as managers and consultants we slip into trying to control or fight resistance. We develop a “change agent-centric […]

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