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Make Your To-Do List Work

To-do lists can be lifesavers when it comes to managing your work. But sometimes they're nothing more than a list of things …

Manage a Challenging (and Valuable) Employee

Genius often comes with downsides. If you have a valuable (but disruptive) employee on your team, try these management tactics:

When Working Hard, Make Time for Rest

When you're on a deadline or have a particularly thorny project in front of you, it can be tempting to try to power through …

Help Your Multitasking Colleague Break the Habit

Everyone these days is trying to get several things done at once. But it's frustrating to work with someone who won't stop …

If You Both Work, Stay Happy

Many relationships fail for work reasons: too much travel, too little time together, and too much relocation. It's not easy, …

Prepare to Answer Customers' Toughest Questions

No salesperson likes to take a hard question from a skeptical prospective customer. But since providing good answers is often …

Make the Most of a Bad Job

If you're unhappy at work, you don't have to live with it. And you don't have to quit. Here's how to make the most of an imperfect …

Get to Know Your Unknown Audience

People don't fall asleep during conversations, but they often do during presentations — because many presentations don't feel …

Save Time by Saying No

What matters more: the amount of time you work or the results you produce? Any smart manager would say the latter. Yet, many …

Try Crowdsourcing Your Performance Reviews

Employees, managers, and HR professionals have long questioned the accuracy and effectiveness of annual performance reviews. …

Reward Yourself for Doing the Tasks You Hate

Crossing something off your to-do list can be satisfying. But you may need extra motivation to get through the more dreaded …

Toss the Old Rules for Selling

The recession challenged many long-held rules about how to boost sales. Instead of slashing prices and cutting customer support …

To Persuade a Listener, Establish Common Ground

It's one thing to give a smooth presentation. It's another to move the people in your audience to do something. To accomplish …

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