Category Archives for people skills

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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Make Your Words Count

Language is a living thing. New words are coined to reflect new realities, approaches and attitudes. People are fast to embrace new snappy verbiage—not only to express themselves better —but also because it seems to promise instant “coolness.” Unfortunately, overuse can turn many “right-on-the-money” phrases into annoying conversation litter—as you can see in this article […]

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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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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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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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Handle A Bad Boss Like a Pro

(Even If He Hates You) You’ve heard the phrase, “When the going get’s tough, the tough get going.” Well that applies to managing up with a tough boss. Don’t just sit there. This is your opportunity to take the high road and role model good behavior (assuming, of course that your boss’s behavior is tolerable […]

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The Money Talk

The interviews went well; you like the company; the company likes you. Now there comes a point in the application process where the company is going to tell you how much they actually like you – through the numbers of your proposed salary. If that is more or less what you feel you are worth, […]

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