Colette Carlson

Whether they’re a screamer, a blamer, a nit-picking perfectionist, an over- or under-delegator, or just a plain old bully, bad bosses are as common as the jobs they supervise. Here’s how to stay sane and get ahead.

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While it’s completely normal to feel some level of nervousness before and during a job interview, there are several ways to ease our anguished psyches.

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Sometimes, reaching distant goals can feel like an unending quest, especially if our objectives are months or years away. So how do we stay focused for the long haul?

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Con­­sider these resources to refresh you on your career path.

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There’s an old adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Researchers, along with the popular media, have given the attribute of mental toughness the catchier label “grit.” So how do we get more of it? I’ve found three things that help to strengthen this quality.

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In a professional setting, know-it-alls can undermine office morale, along with your credibility. That’s why you need to deal with them effectively.

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The elevator pitch—a brief speech to create interest in your company, your product or yourself—is a staple for those in sales. You may be thinking, I’m an admin, why would I need an elevator pitch? We’re all in sales, whether we’re selling a product, an idea or ourselves to potential customers, our team members or upper management.

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The importance of discretion was recently reinforced during a panel discussion with four senior executive assistants who work for high-powered individuals.

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Recent research suggests that supervisors target those who are least likely to defend themselves. This dysfunctional pattern can be shifted if you’re willing to take action.

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Written words, especially in emails or texts, often can be misleading as they are void of vocal inflection, body language and other cues. How often have you written something with a hint of sarcasm only to discover the reader took it at face value?

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