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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 29, 2014

IQ Isn't Everything: Managing Your Emotions at Work

Managing emotions at work is a key to success

Success at work has a lot to do with your IQ—your intelligence or general cognitive ability. It’s a solid predictor of good performance and other positive behaviors in the workplace.

But as I’ll tell you in this week’s Management Tips, there are two problems with focusing on IQ alone.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stuck in a Creative Rut? Bust Out of Your Daily Routine

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Here’s an odd truth: The very routines that make your day bearable are killing your creative capacity.

We all rely on thousands of daily routines to navigate our basic tasks: the order of our morning routines, the clothes we choose to wear, the place where we buy our morning coffee, the route we drive to work, the people with whom we eat lunch, and so on.

The result? Decreased creative thought. The more we rely on our automatic processes, the less we are actually thinking something through; there’s no real opportunity for new insight.

But you can change that.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Management Tips: The Myth of Creative Genius

The myth of creative genius at work

At some point, every leader thinks, “My team needs a little more creativity!” Then they start looking for a “creative genius” to promote or hire. This isn’t completely illogical, but it’s definitely unproductive.

In this week’s Management Tips, we’ll address the myth of creative genius—the notion that only a few lucky souls out there are truly creative and that we can benefit from this fact if we can only find them.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Off to a Bad Start with the New Boss? We Can Help

What if you hate the new boss?

Sometimes in your professional life, you’ll have the privilege of breaking in a new boss. The old one retired, got promoted, or left the company and there’s a new leader in town.

This week in Management Tips, we’ll cover one scenario you might face: You meet the new boss and quickly you realize the team can’t stand him.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Successful Presentations: It's All in the Delivery

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Bad news: Even if your presentation content is perfect, it doesn’t mean you’ll give a good presentation.

It’s entirely possible for you to have all the facts straight, good structure and flow, and engaging visuals—yet still fail to engage your audience.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deliver Engaging Presentations — from Start to Finish

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Whether delivered at work, at a conference, or to a client, a presentation is a rare opportunity to significantly help—or harm—your professional reputation.

You’re on stage, the introduction is over, the microphone is on, and everyone is waiting for you to open your mouth. What will you say?

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Quit Your Job Successfully

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People quit their jobs for lots of different reasons—and it’s often perceived as a difficult or negative event.

But what if I told you it could be a very positive and productive part of your career?

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.

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