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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Office Politics: Do You Have to Play?

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Have you ever sworn that you would never engage in office politics? It’s hard to blame you. Politics is dirty, self-serving, and underhanded, right? Well—not really. Sometimes it can be, but that’s a comment about the nature of the leadership team, not politics.

In this week’s first tip, I show you why politics in and of itself is neither good nor bad. It’s like any form of communication; it depends on how you use it. Let’s be clear: You should be politically active. You can be ethical, kind, and virtuous, but you do need to learn to play politics.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Goals, Productivity — and Breaking the Rules

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This week’s tips focus on two counterintuitive ideas. The first concerns productivity.

Let me be clear: Productivity is important! Having said that, we often over-focus on productivity itself while neglecting a few underlying factors that influence productivity.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Embracing Self-Improvement

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Life is a series of choices. Here’s one of the most important: Do you want to coast and be content, or get to work on becoming a better version of yourself? This week’s first tip focuses on the latter to help you get serious about creating your next personal evolution.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Become a Better Communicator at Work

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If there is a skill more fundamental to your success in life than communication, I don’t know what it is. Communication is the funnel through which you put your expertise to work.

This week’s tips focus on two vital aspects of communication. First, I’ll address the art of building consensus. Too often professionals think that merely having the best idea will lead others to listen. Not so. Good ideas are essential, but they’re only the beginning.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shape Your Reputation at Work

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You are in control of how others perceive you. There’s a lot you can do to influence how others view you—and you should. You have to take this topic seriously because your reputation is your most vital career asset.

Let’s be clear. I’m not talking about mere impression management; managing impressions is often just a rarified version of acting. In this week’s tips, I’ll address something more fundamental and enduring: how to develop executive presence and earn respect.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hiring for Diversity

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This week I’ll address diversity in the workplace from a different perspective than the one you may be used to. In the first tip, I’ll take aim at the competency model, an unexpected barrier to building diversity.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Push Your Limits—and Know Your Strengths

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Self-improvement is not a mystery; anyone can do it. You may have to take on goals that are a little beyond your capability. It might hurt and you might fail—but most people don’t. Instead, they find that a life worth living is a life fully explored.

If it’s time to start pushing your personal boundaries—to find out if you’ve truly reached your potential—then watch my first Management Tip this week, on self-improvement.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hiring and Ramping Up Employees

Hiring and Ramping Up New Employees

When it comes to hiring people and bringing them into the team, most companies have a lot of room for improvement. Assuming we attract the right candidates, we still need to know how to vet them. Here’s the rub: Most people making hiring decisions have never been trained to interview effectively.

Interviews often become weird sessions wherein the interviewer dominates and pontificates too much. Often, it’s a dry, highly structured box-checking affair that complies with the process while failing to correctly assess the candidate.

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