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By Mike Figliuolo | Monday, August 18, 2014

Attention, Leaders: Does Your Team Trust You?

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As leaders, we manage hundreds of tasks every day. But in the swirl of all that activity, one thing is often ignored until it’s too late: building trust with your team members.

Trust is key to effective working relationships—yet trust seems harder than ever to earn and easier than ever to lose.

What causes a team not to trust its leader? You. Yes, you. If you’re unpredictable, then your team doesn’t know what to expect from you.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Understanding Personality Types at Work

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Let’s be honest: We all face some interpersonal friction at work.

And sure, one reason is that some people just aren’t nice—but that’s not actually the most common reason.

When coworkers don’t get along, it’s usually not because one of them is “wrong.” It’s because people are different. Those differences are the focus of this week’s Management Tip.

By Jim Stice | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What Is Corporate Governance?

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Do you own any shares of stock? Half of all U.S. households do.

The 2010 Survey of Consumer Finances (commissioned every three years by the Federal Reserve) found that 49.9 percent of all U.S. households own shares of stock, either as direct investments in specific companies, or as an investment in a mutual fund, retirement plan, or other stock investment vehicle. Even in households where the head of the house is younger than 35, 39.8 percent own some shares of stock.

By Judy Steiner-Williams | Thursday, August 07, 2014

Writing Tips: Take the Grrrr out of Grammar

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“Grrrr …”

It’s a common reaction when grammar is mentioned. Why? “The rules keep changing.” “Nobody really knows or cares what’s correct.” “And come on, you knew what I meant.”

I’m going to debunk those excuses and give you some tricks for learning the rules of grammar.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Do You Know the Office Etiquette Where You Work?

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Here’s a funny truth: Even very experienced and successful professionals occasionally forget what it means to behave correctly and courteously at work.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Handle Conflict at Work

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Want to face less friction at the office? Sure—who doesn’t?

This week I’ll show you how to handle conflict at work with smart decision-making and positive debate.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 28, 2014

Use Doodle For Easy Group Scheduling

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Lots of offices have calendar scheduling systems in place, like Outlook, Google, or Lotus Notes. If you want to schedule a meeting, you can add your list of invitees and see when they’re all available to schedule it. It’s an easy process.

What’s not so easy is when you need to schedule a meeting for a group of people who aren’t on a unified calendar scheduling app.

You know what happens next: The emails start flying around with everyone listing dates they’re available, and dates they’re not. It’s nearly impossible for everyone to wade through each other’s typed-out schedules to find a single date and time when everyone is free—and by the time you find it, one of the guests has suddenly become unavailable again.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a website that can help with this process.

By Jess Stratton | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Share a Google Doc with a Non-Google User

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Sharing and simultaneous collaboration is a huge benefit to using Google drive—but what if you have to share a Google Doc file (such as a word-processing document) with a user who doesn’t actually have a Google account?

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