Administrative Professional Today

In a move uncommon in the United States but more popular in Europe, international real estate brokerage CBRE Group took away its em­­ployees’ personal space—offices, desks and file cabinets—and converted to an “untethered” office. Even the CEO has no home base within the office, writes Los Angeles Times reporter Roger Vincent, who took a look inside.

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Douglas Conant, founder of Conant­Leadership and chairman of Avon Prod­­ucts, offers four tips for being a conscientious leader and in­­spir­­ing the people who work with you to become better versions of themselves.

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Just because they’re often hailed as productivity tools doesn’t mean smartphones are always helpful. How do you draw the line between what’s helping and hurting? Some experts offer their take on the issue.

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These days you can choose a note-taking tool that fits your work style. Consider these options from members of the Young Entrepreneur Council.

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People with strong conversational intelligence have the power to connect and build trust, says Judith Glaser, author of Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extra­­ordinary Results. She offers five ways to improve your conversational-intelligence skills.

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Criticism can cut deep, but it doesn’t have to be crippling. Take back your power and learn how to accept criticism without crying, with these tips from Nicki Krawczyk.

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Next time you find yourself in a standoff, exert influence and come to an amicable solution with these five tips from Bob Burg, author of Ad­­ver­­saries Into Allies.

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Let no one tell you that a coffee meeting must end in a caffeine-dazed, unproductive parting of ways. In fact, 99u’s Sean Blanda writes that a coffee meeting can be a power­­ful way to make a connection and accomplish some real work. The catch is you have to mean business.

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Behind every great leader is a great executive assistant. Rachel Feintzeig of The Wall Street Journal took a look at some prestigious executive assistants and how they help their high-profile bosses succeed.

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Mike Figliuolo writes that he gained some of his vast leadership knowledge from his mom. Here are three favorites from the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS.

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