Polite Ways To Turn Someone Down Saying “no” can be difficult – even if it’s the right thing to do. WorkingMother.com contributor Renee Peterson Trudeau offers these eight ways to do the deed. Try Just no. “Thanks, I’ll have to pass on that.” Then say nothing more. The Gracious No.  “I really appreciate you asking, but […]

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Unlock the Hidden Forces That Are Working Against You Childhood experiences still shape the way we react to the world. That’s even true at work. Things that hurt us as children, and the methods we developed to cope, are foundational to our world view. They affect the way we deal with people and situations that […]

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Albert Einstein once said, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.” There are many ways to transform your mind – some are legal, some are not. But more and more, executives and business leaders are turning to Yoga and meditation to boost their on-the-job performance. These practices are moving from […]

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How to Give Your Brain Something Different To Focus On If your job feels all-consuming and you have difficulty leaving it behind at the end of the day, here are three ways you can disconnect fully to recharge. Join a team. Find an activity you enjoy and join the group. Whether it’s dragon boating, kickball, […]

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Saying Thank You Is Good For Your Health Researchers Stephen Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins argue that showing gratitude can have a lasting impact on our physical and psychological well-being. Here are a few ways to infuse your day with life altering expressions of gratitude. Consciously choose to thank your family and friends. Thank your coworkers […]

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A Simple “Thank You” Can Actually Improve Your Wellbeing Scientists are working to uncover the impact of showing gratitude. It turns out that saying thank you is more than polite. It can have a lasting impact on our physical and psychological well-being. Numerous studies show that expressing and experiencing gratitude increases satisfaction, vitality, hope and […]

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4 Steps That Will Help You Address Bias Safely It’s not easy to speak up when someone says or does something that you believe reveals negative bias. Yet, you become complicit in unwanted behavior if you don’t speak up. A recent Harvard Business Review article suggests taking these steps to address bias without offending others. Use […]

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Negative Emotions Provide Important Data Life is filled with situations that evoke strong emotions, yet we’ve been conditioned to pretend everything is okay. In most workplaces, the expectation is that we behave professionally and avoid reacting based on emotion. But Susan David, author of “Emotional Agility,” reminds us that ignoring negative emotions shuts us off […]

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Why It Doesn’t Work and How to Avoid the Pitfalls A recent Wall Street Journal article reported on the growing phenomena of talent hoarding at large companies. A 4.5% unemployment rate is making it harder to find good employees, so some keep a tight grip on their superstars. But when people eager to grow feel […]

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A recent survey by Betterworks found that 87% of employees are reading political social media posts during the workday. 73% talk politics with colleagues. And 49% have seen a political discussion turn into an argument. If you’re concerned about the political climate taking a toll on your organization’s productivity, BetterWorks offers this advice. Measure productivity […]

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Unconscious Use of These Speech Patterns Could Be Undermining You We pick up language patterns from the people we live and work with. As a result, habits that lessen our credibility are hardly noticeable to our own ear. Good speaking skills aren’t just for the podium. The way we communicate, moment-to-moment, influences how people perceive […]

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There are many challenges when managing up. Among the most difficult is dealing with a boss who is rude to you. Whether it happens in public or in a humiliating, closed-door meeting, here are a few survival tips. Carefully, but urgently, find out what was behind the incident. It may not be what it appears […]

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  People are human sponges. We take in the personalities of the people we’re close to and mimic their behaviors without knowing it. So it’s important to identify and avoid personalities that don’t serve you well. Success.com says these are the five toxic personalities you should be on the lookout for. The Complainer. They whine about […]

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With the constant barrage of emails today, it’s easy to lose sight of habits that could be undermining what you intend to communicate. Business Insider compiled a list of 21 things that can render emails unprofessional.  Here are a few. Sending “urgent” emails that aren’t “urgent.” Striking an inappropriate tone – like being too casual […]

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Has managing your email become the bane of your existence, leading to anxiety, lost messages, missed deadlines? Well, Fast Company contributor Zach Hanlon says you really need only 5 email folders. He recommends organizing your folders by deadlines, instead of subjects or projects. He also says stop using your inbox as a to-do list. Emails […]

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Dale Carnegie once said, “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” Even the master of winning friends […]

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