Category Archives for human relations skills

Recommended Reading

Sharing Bad News at Work? Read This First – by Molly Triffin, DailyWorth.com No one likes to hear bad news, but how you package the information can dramatically impact how it’s perceived. This informative and practically useful article talks about that in an easy and entertaining format, citing opinions of several experts and authors. Timing, behavior […]

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Recommended Reading: First Things First

Most of us remember our first days at every job because of the heightened pressure to impress. But you can reduce your anxiety by being as meticulous in planning your first day as you were in securing your new position. You’ll need to find your bearings in relation to your management and co-workers and “learn the […]

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Listen Up!

(So People Don’t Have To Shout)   Problems of communication in the workplace are nothing out of the ordinary, accompanied by various degrees of frustration. Nothing is more frustrating, though, than a repeated failure to get through to the one person your advancement is dependent on. For most people, it’s their boss. Your employees may […]

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

A must in a humanized workplace I see respect in the workplace as a great “humanizer” that fosters productivity. Feeling respected puts you at ease with your environment and makes everybody more willing to work as a team. Lack or respect, on the other hand, can make even routine collaboration a heavy chore. For a manager, […]

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Mitigate Mid-Management Tyrant Behavior

Tyrannical bosses can do a lot of damage in organizations. In particular, there are two types of bad bosses I hear the most about in the workplace – bullying and overly demanding. Both types can make subordinates fearful. When people are in a protective mode, it interferes with the company’s ability to generate innovation. As […]

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Dealing with an Overly Demanding Boss

In a recent Forbes blog by Jacquelyn Smith, titled10 Tips For Dealing With An Overly Demanding Boss, I offered some thoughts and suggestions to help mitigate this type of bad boss behavior. I’d like to share them with you. Here are some observations I made in this very useful article: “An overly demanding boss doesn’t empathize […]

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Look Before You Leap

With the employment picture showing some signs of life, you may be weighing the pros and cons of looking for a new job – especially if your current bad boss is causing you to “sizzle” with anger. However, it’s a good idea to really look thoroughly before you leap or you may jump right from […]

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Playing Where’s Waldo? With Your Team

Just Make Sure Everybody Is Winning Modern managers are often pushed to do more with less staff, and it sometimes makes it difficult for them to offer enough face-to-face time to their team. For the employees the boss’s absence can be a mixed blessing. It could lead some of them to show more initiative and […]

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Let Your Inner Child Play

Make Sure, Though, That It “Plays Nice” Recently, to mark Take Your Kids To Work Day Huffington Post held a webcast titled An Office Full Of Kids where executives, bloggers, and experts, including yours truly, discussed the significance of this day for both children and parents. My key point there was that adults can also […]

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Every Batman Needs a Robin

Your team, of course, is always there for you – people you’ve come to know and rely on, whose talents are at your fingertips to use as tools of progress. But is there among them someone you trust as much (well, almost as much) as yourself? Someone who has sufficient leadership skills and understanding of […]

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