17 Email Etiquette Rules

June 23 , 2016

US employees spend, on average, about a quarter of the workweek combing through hundreds of emails.

Filed Under: Behavior in the Workplace, Communication, communication, Email, Email Etiquette, Good Habits, good habits, professional development, quick tips

10 Reasons Why Your Feedback Falls on Deaf Ears

February 04 , 2016

Leadership is about developing people, and that includes giving difficult feedback to employees about their performance. Leaders who see corrective feedback as a partnership with their employees and an opportunity to encourage their growth and development reap great rewards in employee...

Filed Under: Communication, communication, Feedback, Leadership, professional development, Relationships

5 Phrases That Can Ruin Your Reputation with Your Boss

January 25 , 2016

If you want to get ahead at work, there are certain things you should steer clear of saying in the office. Even if what you’re saying is true (and everyone knows it!). Every time you want to lash out at an irritating manager or co-worker, take a breath and watch your words. Finding productive...

Filed Under: Career Advice, Communication, communication, focus, Strategy, professional development, relationships, Success, success

10 Job Interview Questions You Should Ask

January 07 , 2016

Many job seekers focus so hard on answering interview questions well that they forget something very important: You are there to ask questions, too.

Filed Under: Communication, communication, Confidence, Interviews, interviews, Strategy, quick tips

5 Remarkably Powerful Phrases That Will Help You Get What You Want

January 04 , 2016

Would you like to be better at getting what you want from your employees, co-workers, customers, bosses, kids, and partner or spouse? Sometimes a change in wording is all you need.

Filed Under: Attitude, Communication, communication, Confidence, Good Habits, Strategy, Psychology

Don't Get Fired for Honest Mistakes

December 28 , 2015

There are so many things that can get good, hard-working people fired. Honest mistakes often carry hard-hitting consequences.

Filed Under: Behavior in the Workplace, behavior in the workplace, Career Advice, Communication, communication, Decision Making, decision making

11 Ways to Get What You Want Out of Your Review

December 03 , 2015

Second only to the interview that landed you the job, performance reviews with your boss can be rife with trepidation. You're going to be evaluated, asked to give your own critique, and more than likely, this is your shot to discuss a raise and/or promotion. Yikes. But as daunting as these...

Filed Under: ambition, Career Advice, Communication, communication, Confidence, end of year review, goals, Strategy, Professional Development, professional development

The Hard Truth About Soft Skills

November 30 , 2015

I have a serious issue with the term "soft skills." You know, those skills that the United States Department of Labor lists as Communication; Enthusiasm and Attitude; Teamwork; Networking; Problem Solving and Critical Thinking; and Professionalism. Every one of those skills is absolutely...

Filed Under: Attitude, Communication, communication, Strategy, Personality, personality, Professional Development

Build A Network: 5 Tips For Small Talk With Senior Colleagues

November 23 , 2015

Connecting with colleagues at work is among the best things you can do to improve your effectiveness in the workplace. And while it’s easy to lean over to Amy in the next cubicle and ask her how her weekend went, when it comes to a more senior colleague in the corner office, the idea of starting...

Filed Under: Networking, networking, Branding, career advancement, Career Advice, Communication, communication, Confidence, Relationships

8 Secrets of the Boss Employees Genuinely Love to Work For

November 12 , 2015

I liked working for some of my bosses. But only one of them was a boss I genuinely loved to work for.

Filed Under: Attitude, Behavior in the Workplace, communication, good habits, Leadership, Professional Development, professional development, Relationships