Category Archives for Managers

Why the Strong Job Market Empowers You to Manage Up

With the second-longest economic recovery period on record underway and jobless claims at historically low levels, this employment climate may be just the ticket to manage up with a difficult boss or coworker. This is arguably an excellent time to encourage some behavioral shifts, with maximum potential and lower risks for your career.

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Empower Yourself at Work by Mentoring Others

When thinking about ways to advance in your career, naturally the spotlight falls on you. What can you do to position yourself for better career opportunities and job satisfaction? What steps can you take that will help you stand out above the rest?

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Assertive v. Aggressive – How to Draw the Line

Drawing the line between aggressiveness and assertiveness is always a difficult proposition, whether you’re managing a team or trying to advance in your career. When you must take a stand, you may second-guess yourself: “Will I step over the line? If I do nothing, will I lose ground?” You can walk the tightrope by increasing […]

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Putting An End to Meeting Mania

If you’ve worked in just about any office lately, this may not come as a big surprise: Meetings can be a colossal productivity drain—they can create a treadmill of a work existence for many, where seemingly little gets done.

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How to Counter the World of “No”

Many would agree that “yes” is one of the most concise motivational words in the English language. And in the workplace, that’s no exception. You may find that this simple word can encourage job satisfaction and employee loyalty. Saying “yes” to a small idea may ultimately turn that idea into a business game changer.

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“If You Want to Keep Something Priceless…”

(Like People You Work With) Companies are not built of brick and mortar; they are “built” of people, and losing that “most valuable asset” can cause a major setback. Not just in terms of lost time on projects, but also in restarting the hiring and training process; potential lost business or corporate practices shared with […]

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A Humanized, Trusted Workplace Equates To Success

Bosses and employees seem to have a legacy of dichotomy in the workplace. When I hear them discuss each other, I often feel this dynamic has burrowed too deep into workplace culture. It seems that each side sees the other as a problem to solve, rather than an opportunity to build on. Both sides spend […]

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6 Ways That Employees Manage Up with a Bad Boss

An employee who’s managing up is a proactive problem solver using diplomacy and people skills to help you, the boss, see the big picture. Meet them halfway—the New Year is the perfect time to make sure good cheer carries over into 2016. In my recent article on PsychologyToday.com I describe 6 ways to manage up […]

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Overcoming the Biggest Workplace Challenge

Managing Up With Bad Bosses, Tough Coworker and Clients is a Win-Win Working with challenging behavior, be it bad bosses, challenging coworkers or clients, takes a lot of diplomacy; the ability to see the backstory before reacting; and setting boundaries when necessary. Managing up techniques can result in a much better work life, for everyone. […]

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Are You a Good Boss or a Bad Boss?

The Test That Really Matters “Boss” is a word that has so many negative connotations, people sometimes forget “good bosses” even exist. No-one is going to make a movie called “Wonderful Bosses” anytime soon, or remake “The Office” with Tom Hanks as a team leader that’s just so darn loveable. Anybody who has dealt with […]

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