Workplace Conflict: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

By Mary White

Conflict exists.  This is a simple fact of life.  In any business or personal relationship of any depth, conflict will occur at times.  Conflict in and of itself is not bad.  Conflict is a neutral and natural occurrence.

Conflict has three elements.  The first element of conflict is the existence of a struggle of some type.  Secondly, the involved parties must have, or think they have, incompatible goals.  Lastly, there must be some degree of interdependence between the people who are involved. [Read more…]

Why Hiring Introverts Is Good for Business

You’ll probably know the introverts when you see them. They’ll be quieter, dressed a bit more conventionally, and will prefer to listen or ask questions than talk about themselves. They are not the power tie, power suit, Type A movers and shakers that businesses may want, but they are the lifeblood of what businesses need. They bring five essential qualities to your workforce that you don’t want to go without. [Read more…]

Three Things that Martial Arts can Teach us about the Business World

From Lao Tsu’s The Art of War, to Miyamoto Mushashi’s Book of Five Rings, ancient treatises on combat and strategy have been converted into practice by thousands of successful executives and entrepreneurs in order to get an edge in their careers. Many of us, though, are in positions where gathering masses of people or resources for an attack are not a feasible option, or even be wholly beside the point. To that end, I present three simple ways of doing and thinking that can help any aspiring executive along their path. [Read more…]

The Power of Research: How Knowing your Audience can Make or Break the Perfect Speech

As a teacher of, among many other things, public speaking, I’ve come across a thousand speech topics from my students that range from the utterly banal to the improbable and illegal. These students, being in their first year of college, come from many different walks and ways of life and have increasingly divergent opinions on the same things, right down to what is a proper time on the morning to actually be awake. [Read more…]

Embody the Material: How a Few Simple Techniques can take the Anxiety out of Public Speaking

When I talk to people about public speaking, there seems to be a checklist of things that the speakers are afraid of: what if the material doesn’t sound right, what if the research isn’t sound, and the like. The number one fear that speakers have though, seems to be the least definable and yet the most widespread: the fear of being a lone person subject to a widespread audience. [Read more…]

When Your Performance Review Is Going to Be Below Standards: How Managers Should Respond When They Aren’t Meeting Expectations

By:  Jacqueline Lee

 When a performance review is looming, you may realize with growing dread that your department won’t meet expectationswithin the time limit.  You, as the manager, know that you will be held responsible for the performance of your team.  You also know that missed targets could mean missed raises or missed bonus payments, for you and for your employees.Before you head into the boss’s office, take some time to prepare your response to your review. [Read more…]

New Employee Orientation Tips

Employee orientation can be an exciting time for a new employee, but it can also be a stressful time. The new employee is learning about the new job they will be doing and is getting acquainted with the people they will be working for and with. They learn all of the policies, procedures, company origin, goals, and the many rules regarding the particular job they will be doing. In addition to the customary company tour, there is the training and then the part where the new employee is integrated into their new work environment. [Read more…]

Five Different Methods of Organizing Your Speech.

Many times, public speakers organize their material in a fashion that is customary for school reports, that is, the Modern Language Association (MLA)’s formal structure of: Introduction, 3 Supporting Points, and Conclusion. While there is no problem in constructing a presentation in this fashion, it may not be a completely effective way to convey your information, especially when your audience is not a classroom. Today, we’ll go over four alternative ways of organizing your subject material into modes that spark the imagination and help the audience take in your subject. [Read more…]

Increase Your Productivity with RescueTime

by Constance Bourg

How do you divide your time during a working day? If at the end of the day, or a working week, you can’t say exactly how you allocated your time to different tasks, you can use an online tool, like RescueTime, to gain more insight into your working process. This will enable you to streamline the process and free up more valuable time. Yes, RescueTime is a time management tool, and best of all, there is a free version available, called RescueTime Lite. [Read more…]

Is Your Desk Affecting Your Productivity? Organize it in Five Easy Steps!

What’s on your desk? A computer? A lamp? Office supplies? Stacks of paper and unpaid bills? If your desk is cluttered, it may be costing you precious time by hampering your productivity. Organizing your desk in these 5 easy steps is something anyone can do. [Read more…]

Success in work sometimes requires that you become a success in public speaking

John was deathly afraid of public speaking. So when his employer asked him to speak to over 5,000 people at the annual convention this year, he knew he had to conquer his fear in order to achieve career success.  He knew that if he was not well prepared, he might embarrass himself and ruin any chance for success in his work future. [Read more…]

Open-ended questions are not meant to be answered in an interview situation

When an interviewer asks you a question that doesn’t have a clear answer, that interviewer is not asking the question to hear your answer. Your only correct response is to make the question clearer. [Read more…]

Is Multitasking Making You Stupid?

The ability to multi-task is something that managers are increasingly required to display. This talent, however, is not something that we are born with.

Nobody teaches us how to multi-task; it’s a skill we learn through experience. Some people seem to breeze through a multitude of jobs and be in control. But how effective are they really?

The inability to multi-task effectively in today’s office environment quickly leads to important tasks being left uncompleted. [Read more…]

The New Leaders and Why They’re Out In Front

Seth Godin’s latest book, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, a bestseller, is about the most powerful form of marketing (according to Godin) –leadership–and how anyone can become a leader, by creating movements with purpose.

Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes.  Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so. [Read more…]

Making the Most of Linkedin for Professional Networking

When we think of social networking, we tend to think of the FaceBook and MySpace sites, where people from all corners of the earth can meet, chat and share pictures.  The problem with using these sites for business is that they attract a lot of clutter and time-wasting applications. While many businesses maintain a presence on these social sites, it is rarely productive in terms of generating genuine opportunities or networking with other professionals.
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