Administrative Professional Today

If you’re repeatedly passed over for promotions or treated poorly by management, it may be because you’re doing one of these things wrong, says HR expert and blogger Suzanne Lucas.

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With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to think about how to make the upcoming year your best yet. By making a few changes to how you approach your career, you’ll be well on your way to making 2015 a banner year.

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Many people can be hesitant at the prospect of blindly emailing a CEO or other powerful person, says management writer and entrepreneur Peter Sims. But CEOs often love to hear from their employees or customers. Sims offers these tips for sending an unsolicited message.

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Work can be frustrating, but you don’t want to lose your temper, writes author and etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore, who suggests five ways to keep your cool.

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The practice of mindfulness might seem out of place in the high-paced business world, but admins would benefit if they took a moment to live in the now. Here’s why, according to clinical psychologist Cheryl Rezek.

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Some people just seem to have that “it factor”—the effortless charm and intelligence to seem at ease in all situations. How do they do it?

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Meetings can be a wonderful collaboration tool or a wasteful, hostile time sink. Ideally they give colleagues an opportunity to share ideas, give kudos and enjoy one another’s company. They “are also a place where people jockey for position, work out disagreements and hurt each other’s feelings,” says Gretchen Rubin. She outlines some phrases that can really serve to undermine others.

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Microsoft designed the latest Windows desktop interface to work with a touchscreen, but a keyboard and mouse can still get you where you need to go, says Gizmodo tech writer David Nield.

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You can use positivity to rid yourself of petty complaints and drive both your own productivity and your colleagues’, says author Caroline L. Arnold. Here’s how.

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At work or in our personal lives, growth occurs when we’re challenged almost beyond our limits. We experience the best of ourselves only after struggle, frustration and even failure, says career coach Julie Winkle Giulioni. She offers these tips for finding the right amount of struggle to spark growth.

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