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Choose the Right Tools to Communicate With Your Virtual Team

Far-flung teams rely on technology to communicate. But do you really need the most cutting-edge software to do so? Here are …

Ask for More Before Granting a Favor

Are you overwhelmed by requests? Next time someone wants you to help out, ask that they do a little bit of work first. Only …

Create a Vision that Motivates Your Team

Effective leaders motivate their people with an inspiring vision. It need not be grand or necessarily innovative, but it does …

Manage a Diverse and Dispersed Team

Teams that come together across different units and time zones to do project-based work rarely have time to build the trust …

Why Projects Work Better than Interviews

Can you really find out what you need to know about a job candidate in an hour-long interview? Probably not. No amount of …

Make Your Big Idea Happen

You've landed on what you think is next big, groundbreaking idea. But how can you turn it into a reality? You need other people …

Decide If Travel Is Really Worth It

Do you often need to get on a plane to go to a meeting? Travel consumes a lot of time, and you shouldn't show up in person …

Say No to Extra Work

If your boss continually piles work on your plate, even when it's not related to your goals, learn to say no. Pushing back …

Build a Better Innovation Team

No matter how great your idea, your innovation effort will fall apart if the wrong team executes it. Here are three steps …

Get Clear Direction from a Boss Who Is Vague

If your boss routinely delegates projects without telling you how things should get done, and then picks apart your work and …

Memo from HR - 'smartness' test (would you pass ?)

All top firm employees were required to take the 'smartness' test sent out by HR last month.


The quiz consisted of 4 questions:


Make a Critical Trade-Off

Most important business decisions require compromise: To do one thing, you have to give up another. Next time you need to …

Nick Kalikajaros 2017