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Category Archives: Preparation
Unless you work with people who were raised exactly as you were raised, went to your school, and had the same financial advantages or disadvantages you did – there are going to be areas where you think differently and have different perspectives and ideas. That can lead to friction.
The New Year brings with it resolutions to make this year better in some meaningful way than last year. You many have exciting goals, challenging objectives, and positions to fill with new employees. What should you be on the lookout for?
We all have an internal sense that there is a binary choice when confronted with a threat or an uncomfortable situation. This is known as the fight or flight response. When feeling threatened by people or things that create a sense of danger, we choose to fight and take on the threat or depart – to live another day.
When you want to talk with your boss about something that is important to you, do you sometimes get the feeling that they just wish you’d stop talking?! Sure you’ve gotten on their calendar and are eager to have a challenging exchange on a topic that is important to you, it doesn’t seem like it’s all that interesting to your boss.
“Do these pants make me look fat?” In an effort to avoid being considered impolite or rude, you may be trying to avoid embarrassment or awkwardness on the part of the other person. That can result in your being less than honest. But if you soften the truth —
No matter what kind of deal you made when you were hired, times change. Making changes, however, is not always as important for your employer as it is for you. And creating change is rarely easy. Before you go to negotiate for what you want, you need to break out some Power Tools so that you are more empowered and better prepared for the discussion.
I love it when things go exactly as I had planned. Reality mirrors what I’ve pictured in my mind. However, more often than not, reality takes a sharp turn and looks very different than what I had been thinking. That’s when I reach for my Back-Up Plan.
Most folks can’t do it all, don’t have the skills or expertise to do it all, or many don’t have an interest in putting more on their plate than they already have. There are some times when bringing in some outside expertise to keep you focused and manage the communication process can be a critical step in having a successful meeting. program, or project.
Small talk, cocktail chatter, kibitzing – it’s the communication basic for professional networking. A lot of people confess that they are not very good at it.
As I write this post, the snow flurries from the first snowfall of 2015 are becoming a fine mist of snow. School closing and delays were broadcast on the crawl below the television picture and meetings have morphed into conference calls. While snow and winter are not mutually exclusive in […]