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Difficult Boss? Talk to Their Former Employees

If your boss isn’t a good guide and doesn’t support you, it’s up to you to get what you need. If you can easily get in touch …

Send a Handwritten Note

Personal written notes grow rarer by the day. But if you want to convey to a client, a potential customer, a colleague, or …

Get Through a Turnaround by Talking

When a company is in crisis— facing bankruptcy or a disruptive competitor— it needs to act fast. But it’s also important to …

Take Active Steps to Become More Global

Most companies recognize the benefit of having leaders with international experience, but few offer the developmental opportunities …

Strengthen Your Confidence

Confidence isn’t something you either have or you don’t. It’s a dynamic emotion that, like a physical muscle, needs exercise …

Check Your Mindset Before a Difficult Conversation

If you’re preparing yourself for a conversation that you’ve labeled “difficult,” you’re more likely to feel nervous, stressed, …

Make Sure Everyone Feels Included in Your Next Meeting

Meetings aren’t just about delivering results. You also want participants to leave feeling connected, valued, and fulfilled. …

Narcissistic CEOs Take Bold Action When There's an Appreciative Audience

Highly narcissistic CEOs were nearly 3 times more likely than very un-narcissistic leaders to take bold steps to embrace potentially …

Take a Long Lunch

There’s a simple, old-fashioned practice that can make work more effective, engaging, and fun — long lunches. The idea of …

The Right Questions to Ask Your Data Analysts

In today’s business world, you’ve got to be data literate to succeed. If you aren’t trained in analytics, don’t fret. As a …

Share the Burden of Your Project

If you’re in a role where you’re responsible for a project’s success—such as project manager or team lead—it’s tempting to …

Know How Others Really See You

You may think you already know how others view you—as a skilled facilitator or a manager who always brings out the best in …

3 People to Talk to When You’re New on the Job

When you start at a new company, there is so much new information that it’s difficult to know where to focus. Here are three …

How to Handle an Abusive Client

Some clients are demanding; others are downright rude. If you’re not in a position to stop working with a difficult person, …

Train Your Tired Brain

If you're stressed out and tired, it's hard to learn new things. Exercise, sleep, and a good diet are all essential for keeping …

Avoid Unfriendly Office Competition

There’s one in every office: a hypercompetitive colleague who stops at nothing to get every advantage over his peers. It’s …

Deliver Negative Feedback with Care

It’s a manager’s job to occasionally make an employee aware of his faults or failures. But if you’re not careful, it can do …

To Influence Others, Listen to Them

People don't like being pushed, or even nudged, to do something. So when you need others to take action—change their behavior, …

Do Adverse Events Give You Greater Resilience?

A history of a moderate number of adverse life events, such as parental divorce, death of a loved one, or even physical assault, …

Strike the Right Tone in Your Self-Appraisal

No one likes writing a self-appraisal. It’s awkward to write about yourself and difficult to strike the right balance between …


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