Cal Butera

Here’s your monthly language tuneup.

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Both of these lovable cartoon characters have characteristics inherent in a lot of the folks who answer your employment ads—or who are on your payroll right now.

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Bosses are full of bossisms. You know, a certain way of speaking to your workers that naturally comes to all who enter the gates of management. And whether you’re euphemizing, energizing or just skating by the moment with a threadbare phrase, just be aware that those words you say are going through your employees’ decoders. Here is a list of common bossisms and their interpretations by the rank-and-file.

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As a leader, you know the value and necessity of change, and it’s your job to lead your staff through it. Here are the steps to take to ease the pain of the unfamiliar.

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As Dr. Seuss once famously noted, “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” And buried—not so deep—in the pages of his books are some of the simple answers, wisdom and advice that could help you become a better manager and leader:

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Seems like there are odds—strange as they are—for just about anything. But what about what you do? What are the odds? Where are the stats? Since you deal with people, and people are inherently unpredictable, it might seem difficult to pin probability on their behavior and idiosyncrasies. But we’re talking about people in a workplace, and as you might guess, patterns begin to form that curiously repeat themselves no matter where you work or who you supervise.

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There are a number of websites that will tell you they are the No. 1 destination with the most qualified freelancers. So you need to do your homework.

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A résumé is a peculiar document. The writer bares his professional soul, fusses over verbs and gerunds, though he’s not sure what gerunds are. You know what you’re looking for when it comes to experience and education. But sometimes you’re fooled.

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Write it right, say it right and spell it right with this monthly reminder of the subtleties of language.

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It doesn’t take much to lose the boss job you thought you could do. Here are six common things managers do that will put an end to their careers.

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