By Rudolph Rosenberg | Sunday, March 15, 2015
You’re procrastinating right now, aren’t you? Reading this article when there’s something else that’s been nagging at you for some time now?
We all procrastinate sometimes—busying ourselves with distractions when we know we should be doing something more productive.
Want to know how to stop procrastinating? Learn to identify those unproductive moments while they’re happening, so you can do something about it.
By Lynda Weinman | Monday, March 09, 2015
Many people dream of starting businesses, but few survive and even fewer thrive.
There’s no single rule for how to grow your business, but we learned some valuable lessons while growing ours—and I’d love to share a few with you.
By Jolie Miller | Tuesday, March 03, 2015
They’re everywhere. You’ve seen them. Maybe you’ve even worked for them:
From the micromanager to the tyrant to the checked-out guy who’s never available, bad managers make the work life miserable for everyone around them.
Too many people are promoted up the corporate ladder without the skills they need to lead.
Management isn’t for everyone, and it shouldn’t be. If you’re in line for a promotion or dream of a taking a leadership position someday, do yourself and your potential future team a favor: Take time to assess whether you’re truly ready to be a manager — and a good one at that.
Here are the six things I wish I’d known when I stepped into my first management job years ago.
By Jeff Toister | Monday, March 02, 2015
You are probably a customer on a daily basis.
It might be a coffee shop run, a trip to the grocery store, or a visit to the deli where you get lunch. Perhaps you call a 1-800 number or send a company an email.
Each experience you have as a customer is an opportunity to build your own customer service skills.
Working on your skills while you’re a customer can translate to better performance when you serve customers as an employee. That’s because many customer-service skills are based on fundamental principles of positive human interaction.
Here are five exercises you can try when you’re on the customer side of things:
By Jane Barratt | Wednesday, February 04, 2015
It’s tax time. TV and radio commercials may be making you feel lousy about the prospect of doing your taxes and the fact that you’ve already abandoned your New Year’s resolution to get your financial house in order.
So here’s a different way to think about that annual headache that is your tax return—a way that will change your approach, increase your resolve, and potentially make you money that you may currently be leaving on the table:
Pay yourself first.
By Todd Dewett | Friday, January 23, 2015
One of the most difficult parts of any career is working for someone you don’t like.
Your boss might have impossible standards, play favorites, or be relentlessly negative. In some cases, bosses can be flat-out discriminatory or abusive.
Most people feel they have little to no power to remedy these situations. But they’re wrong. I’m going to give you some tips on how to deal with a difficult boss.
By Jeff Toister | Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Employees have an opportunity to influence customer expectations with each interaction.
Many instinctively paint an overly rosy picture of the best-case scenario. They quote the fastest lead times, promise responsive service, or offer to sway their boss on a special request. It makes customers feel good in the moment—but they’re later disappointed when their high hopes go unfulfilled.
It seems counter-intuitive, but a better strategy is to give customers the worst-case scenario. It may wind up delighting them. Follow these customer service tips and see for yourself:
By Bob McGannon | Monday, January 19, 2015
When you work on a team, it’s inevitable that debates will surface.
Here are a few tips for managing these “passionate” discussions—to ensure they remain positive:
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