Category Archives for office diplomacy

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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Why Emotional Intelligence Can Help You Land a Job

To guarantee you’ll ace your next job interview, you don’t need to have won the Nobel Peace Prize or have the answer to world peace. You may not even need the most impeccable industry skill set. What really tips the scales in a candidate’s favor? Assuming solid qualifications, it’s emotional intelligence – in simple terms, […]

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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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This Is How Political Activism Can Affect Your Job

In the United States, political activism is thought of as a right – “freedom of speech” – but corporate America doesn’t always see it that way. Employers are free to write their own policies, including limiting some political participation, even what you do outside of work in some cases. That may not the best approach […]

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Check your EQ

Emotional intelligence in the workplace seems like a buzz term…but your ability to regulate your own emotions for better interpersonal relations can be the difference of having a great career versus a good one. Not having emotional intelligence is sure to slow your professional growth. The workplace is a fabric of people who can only […]

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Attractive Personality Traits to Help You Land Any Job

Are you tenacious, confident, organized and professional? Then hiring managers are likely to put you at the top of their job candidate list over someone who has technical ability but limited people skills. As I discussed with Jacquelyn Smith of BusinessInsider for her article 16 attractive personality traits that can help you land any job, […]

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How to Look for a Job While You’re Pregnant

You’re a professional woman job-hunting while pregnant. Your pregnancy may not seem like the ideal time to job search, but you can turn that thought around and make your new job perfect for you, baby and your new boss. Take the time to plan out your strategy. Carefully consider the type of schedule you want […]

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Conflict Resolution at Work and Home

The workplace can be a breeding ground for conflict because when you get two or more people together in any situation there are can be disagreements.  My book, Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant™: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job deals with conflict resolution in the workplace, but the fact is, […]

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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 to Manage up with a Bad Boss

Managing up with a bad boss may seem like a daunting chore, but with each small victory, you’ll feel more empowered. Managing up means being a proactive problem solver, helping your boss see the big picture, being a role model, and using diplomacy and people skills, among other tools. With the New Year upon us, […]

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