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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Management Tips: The Successful Contrarian

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As a professional, being a contrarian can be difficult. On the one hand, you see opportunities for change and improvement more readily than others. On the other hand, your inclination to shake things up may irritate people.

There are a few things we know about how to survive at work as an outside-the-box thinker. In this week’s tip, I’m going to ask you to start thinking not just about your great ideas—but how to make others actually listen when you share them.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Your Boss Insults You — Publicly. What Do You Do?

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One of the trickiest things you’ll ever have to do at work is deal with a public insult—especially one you didn’t see coming—and especially one delivered by your boss!

You’re sitting there in front of colleagues, possibly even clients, and your intelligence, work ethic, or judgment are questioned for all to see.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Work with a Difficult Boss

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Here’s an uncomfortable but inevitable truth: Sooner or later, we all have to work for people we don’t like!

Hopefully, this won’t happen to you too often—and when it does, let’s hope it doesn’t last.

But when you’re in the middle of it, you need to know how to effectively navigate the situation.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Know Your Phone Etiquette

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You’re using your phone incorrectly.

No, I’m not talking about the way you allow it to distract you in your meetings.  I’m not even talking about your text addiction.

I’m talking about how to hold a conversation over the phone: You’re doing it wrong. You’re not communicating at your optimum level.

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 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 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.

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