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Mind Mapping for the Project Manager

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 08:00
As a project manager, you probably live in charts: Gantt charts, Kanban walls, shared calendars, process diagrams, org charts, and so on. Each is useful in its own way for capturing what’s going on...

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How to Play a Positive Role in Difficult Conversations

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 07:30
It can be frustrating to have a conversation with someone who is difficult. You may come away from the experience without the answers you wanted, and believe the person is a selfish, immature jerk....

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How to Improve Your Presentation Skills at Work

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:00
I spoke to Tim Sanders, who has been public speaking for years to crowds of thousands. Sanders is the maverick CEO of Los Angeles tech start-up Net Minds and founder of research firm Deeper Media...

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How to Make Weekly 1-On-1’s More Useful for Your Team

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 08:00
Too often, when I ask managers whether they have regular weekly one-on-one meetings with each staff member on their team, the answer is that they don’t, or they do but aren’t sure that the meetings...

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Career Lessons from a Pool Hustler Turned CEO

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 07:30
Fred Cook, the CEO of PR juggernaut GolinHarris, has worked with Jeff Bezos, Michael Eisner, and Steve Jobs. You would expect him to have attended the best schools, gotten the best grades, and racked...

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How You Can Remain Productive Despite Distractions

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 08:00
In order to better understand how to de-clutter your life, I spoke to Tina Sue, Founder and CEO of Simple Life Media, where she leads a team of fifteen people, focusing on various blog categories...

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Four Tips for Getting the Most from Your Introverted Team Members

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 07:30
Not everyone you work with is an extrovert, even if the corporate culture rewards people for being outgoing. If your team includes people who are far more quiet and inward-looking—and it almost...

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What to Do If You’re Turned Down for a Raise or Promotion

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 08:00
It’s the outcome no one wants: You put together a compelling case for a raise or promotion, pitched it to your manager, and got turned down. Here are the four things you should do next. 1. Don’t take...

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6 Ways to Clearly Communicate Complex Information

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 08:00
It’s difficult enough getting people to listen these days, but when you’re trying to impart complex information it’s like trying to get a 2-year-old to understand the Gettysburg Address. But there...

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Are You a Toxic Sponge?

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:00
Are you the one that colleagues or your boss turn to when there is a crisis or they just need to unload their negative baggage? Do you then feel pressure to fix whatever is going wrong – as they walk...

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The Full Value of a Superstar Employee

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 07:30
True, on an individual level, superstar employees produce great work and great results. But their value to the team extends much further. On top of incredible productivity and excellent performance,...

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Will Wearables Increase Our Productivity?

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 08:00
I’ll admit it: my personal experience with wearable technology is limited to FitBit, which tracks my daily physical activity and uploads it to an online fitness program. But recently, the University...

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My Best Boss – Stories of the Greatest Bosses of All Time

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 07:30
There’s no shortage of stories about bad bosses out there – get any group of workers together and you’re sure to hear some horror stories. But it’s rarer that we get to hear about the good bosses –...

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10 Things You Need to Work On to Be a Leader

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 08:00
A lot of people think they are natural leaders, when they probably aren’t. It’s not easy to take on a leadership position even if you’re thrown into one at work after a sudden...

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My Team Constantly Back-Burners My Priorities

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 08:00
When you work on a team that must collaborate on competing priorities and yours always seem to be the last to get added the “to do” list (or sprint if you’re doing Agile), how do you...

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A Measure of Your Team’s Health: How You Treat Your “Idiot”

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:00
Every team has someone who at the bottom of its bell curve: an individual who has a hard time keeping up with other team members. By my observation, how your team members treat that person is a...

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Why the Zappos Way May Not Deliver Happiness to Your Company

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 07:30
The last time you had a really horrible experience at a restaurant or received stellar service at a hotel, you may have jumped online to write a review. Or, when you needed your air conditioning...

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