Intangible soft skills rank high in today’s business world. A recent Fast Company article asks the question: Are they truly in short supply or do interviewers not know how to probe for them? Josh Millet, the article’s author, is CEO of a pre-employment testing software company. He suggests asking these 3 questions to measure soft […]

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When Layoffs Happen, How Do You Manage The Team that Remains? Headlines say the economy is doing great. Yet, in our ever-changing business landscape, the reality is downsizing and layoffs still happen. If you’ve suddenly found yourself leading a smaller team, Mindtools.com offers these suggestions for moving forward. Don’t preach that people are lucky to […]

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A recent survey by BetterWorks found that 87 percent of Americans are reading political news at work. Nearly half of the people surveyed have seen discussions among colleagues turn into arguments. The heated political climate may be here to stay. Here are a few survival tips. If you get into a disagreement with a colleague, […]

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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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Is Your Young Staff Turning Off Your Valued Clients? Recently a client told me that they removed the furniture from their reception area because a group of young external consultants were using it as if they were in their living room. Lounging on the sofas with laptops in hand. Working with their feet on the […]

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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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Poor On-Boarding Can Hurt Your Bottom Line You just spent a great deal of time, energy, and possibly money, to recruit a new, promising employee. How this new relationship starts will have a lasting impact on the new hire’s success. Just like a first date, it’s important to make a good first impression. Without it, […]

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Managing People Doesn’t Always Come Naturally It’s not uncommon for someone who is very successful in one job to be promoted to a leadership position in which they struggle, even fail. Success in one role does not guarantee success in another. Admittedly, some may succeed no matter where they’re placed. But, for many, failure can […]

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How to Lead When You’re Not The Boss (Part 1) Even though you’re not the boss, you might be asked to lead a team of your peers on a project. Forbes contributor Lisa Rabasca Roepe offers tips on taking charge without alienating your co-workers. Start by getting everyone on the same page. Don’t assume that […]

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Stretch goals – goals that seem impossible given current reality – have advantages. They encourage creative thinking and exploratory learning, according to Mindtools.com.  And, they can have a downside, too. If the goal is truly impossible, it can demotivate and overwhelm team members. Increase stress levels and absenteeism. Result excessive risk-taking, causing mistakes that take […]

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  Social Relationships At Work Affect Health Would it surprise you to learn that social relationships at work can affect your health? After an international team of researchers analyzed 58 studies from 15 countries, they concluded that positive workplace relationships are associated with better health and lower burnout. The report in the journal, “Personality and […]

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A Mistake Repeated Is A Decision Brazilian Novelist Paulo Coelho once said, “A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.” I was struck by this simple, yet profound, statement. It says a lot about our power to consciously choose our destiny. We’re supposed to learn from our mistakes. But, if we knowingly repeat an […]

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> Relationships At Work Given how much time we spend at the office, it’s not surprising that many love relationships begin there. Rather than being led exclusively by your heart, we have to remember that it’s important to involve your head when it comes to how a workplace relationship plays out. To avoid problems, check […]

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  93% Say They’re More Productive Working Remotely 93 percent of the 3,100 professionals surveyed by the company Flex Jobs said they’re more productive when they work remotely. More than half said home is where they prefer to work. Fewer interruptions from colleagues, fewer distractions, less office politics and stress from commuting were some of […]

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How The Quiet Can Contribute A recent WorkingMother.com article looked at the ways people who sit quietly in meetings can become more comfortable with speaking up. Dr. Jennifer Kahnweiler, the author of “The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together” offers these four meeting prep tips for introverts. Find out the […]

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Being A Game Changer Starts Within Do you fantasize about being a game changer? About being on the big stage enlightening the world, or creating something that reshapes how people live? But, it seems the more you invest in finding what will catapult you into fame, the further out of reach it seems to become. […]

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My Secret Weapon Question That Instantly Diffuses Anger Whether on the highway, when the driver in front of you won’t get out of your way, or during a conversation when the other person won’t listen to your point, or when a co-worker takes up your valuable time talking about his problems, at times, we all could […]

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5 Tips That Will Help You Speak Up At Meetings For some, speaking up at meetings is easy, but there are many who languish in silence yearning to be heard. If you’re the silent type who knows being heard will help your career, Mindtools offer these suggestions. Have confidence in your own value. You’re in […]

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