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How to Write Clearly

Whenever you write an email, proposal, or report, it is up to you — not the reader — to make sure your point is understood. …

Think Before Adopting the Latest Marketing Fad

Before you buy into a new, shiny marketing tool or technique, first make sure it's right for your company. Often your existing …

Encourage Employees to Want to Stay

No employer likes to deal with turnover, especially when losing good people. But your employees need good reasons to stick …

Use Questions to Build Your Case

When making a case for something, you'll have an easier time convincing people that you're right if you start by asking questions. …

Win Over Your New Boss

The experience of getting a new boss can be fraught with anxiety and risk. Uncertainties abound when someone new takes the …

Master a New Skill

Self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead. But whether you want to be better at public speaking, using social media, …

Learn To Be Charismatic

Inspirational leaders have charisma. People want to hear what they have to say and do what they advise. But can you learn …

Why CEO Effectiveness Starts to Decline After Just a Few Years

The average optimal CEO tenure is just 4.8 years, according to a Harvard Business Review article by Xueming Luo of the University …

Write Your First Draft Fast

Sometimes the hardest part about writing a memo, report, or proposal is getting the words on paper. The key is to write all …

Balance Creative Free Time with Structure

It's a well-established principle that people need slack time to work through their ideas. Companies like 3M and Google have …

Managers: It's OK to Keep Your Door Closed

You might think a good manager should always be accessible when in the office. But, if every spare minute is filled with people …

When Delegating, Let Go of the How

Delegation can improve your team's productivity and build skills. But if you're prone to micromanaging, you may not reap the …

Persuasion Doesn't Require Manipulation

If you're trying to convince people outside clear reporting lines to collaborate with you, you'll need to use your powers …

Give Your Slides Some White Space

When preparing a presentation, it's tempting to fill your slides with as much content as possible. But it's your job to carefully …

Learn From Your Rivals

Competing with a work colleague can feel like a waste of time. Why do you care so much about what she does? Why is she obsessing …

Defuse Difficult People

Dealing with tough personalities can make you feel powerless. What can you do if your client is a being a jerk or your colleague …

Always Say Yes to Networking

The building blocks of a great network aren't purpose-driven meetings — they're casual encounters and agenda-less coffee catch-…

Criminals Give Up on Robbing Banks and Head for the Internet

The FBI is leaving more bank-robbery investigations to local police now that bank holdups in the U.S. are on the decline, …

How to Handle Your Conflict-Averse Boss

Do you have a manager who won't advocate for you or your team? Is she afraid to say no to requests from above? Here are three …

External Hires Struggle at First but Surpass Their Home-Grown Colleagues

People who are hired from outside the organization are paid 18% to 20% more than internal candidates who are promoted into …


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