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Here is a look at the heat that lies beneath the surface of that cool management job you just landed. Without further ado, take Virgil’s hand and descend into the nine circles of management hell.

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No doubt you have favorite songs that help you start your day, give you that extra shove to try something new, tell someone off, or to just console you after a letdown. Here are the top 12 songs for inspiration and motivation, and the jewels that lie within them.

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Here’s your monthly language tuneup.

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One of the first things a manager comes to realize is that employees can’t really be changed. Oh, you can steer them a bit with rewards and discipline, but you can never transform them into your dream workers. They either are or they aren’t. For those little irritating idiosyncrasies you’d like to pluck from your workers, all you need is a pair of tweezers and a steady hand …

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Workplace decorum or etiquette—call it what you want—is essential to staying on a successful career path or just being likeable by the people who spend eight hours a day with you. And although your employee handbook is loaded with do’s and don’ts on the issues of legal importance and organizational protocol, there are some things that are too weird to print. These are the gaffes found in every workplace committed by many employees who, well, just don’t get it. And it’s worse when a boss doesn’t get it.

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If you haven’t been charged with shaking innovation out of your staff, you may soon be. Here’s what managers can do to make it happen.

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When dealing with millennials, take a tip from Pizza Hut: Don’t focus too much on them as a homogenous group.

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According to Jason Chen, writing in Bloomberg Businessweek, vintage pencils are gaining traction as the preferred writing instrument of those who just might be tired of the pen and PC and want the feel of a well-balanced wooden writing tool.

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Have you ever taken a good look around your workplace? I mean a really critical look, as if you were a highly recruited job candidate deciding if yours is the place you would want to come to every day. The truth is, a shoddy, unkempt, outdated workplace may not only hamper productivity, it’s probably driving away good job candidates as well.

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Here’s your monthly language tuneup.

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