By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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