Robert Lentz

Imagine you’re four months into your new job as a manager, and you absolutely, positively hate it. So what now?

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It looks so good on paper: You can shave 5% of the procurement budget just by picking up a phone and returning that new, aggressive vendor’s phone call. But many an office manager has gone down this road only to regret it.

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One of the key differences between the genders, Dana Theus explained in her recent webinar, Woman’s Guide to Communicating With Confidence, is that women tend not to have grown up being pushed into risk-taking the way men are. As a result, women overall take more considered risks, waiting for certainty before thinking, “The time has come. I’m going for it.” But that just might keep a career stuck in neutral.

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Somewhere out there, there’s someone very unhappy that he either didn’t get the job he sought from you, or left on terms he didn’t get to dictate. Realizing there’s so little downside to suing an employer, he’ll soon identify one place he can cynically mine for loopholes that he and his lawyer can use to slam you. That place is your employee handbook.

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At one point during his webinar on proofreading and editing, Fred asked attendees to quickly read nine sentences to see if they could pin down what was wrong with them. Surely you can spot all the errors, right? Let’s find out.

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In 1715, the top workplace traditions were putting low performers in iron shackles, plotting castle sieges around the water cooler, and slapping “and Sons” onto every startup. Things change faster these days, and it shouldn’t take 300 years to snuff out some other tired norms that, as a company that aspires to walk the cutting edge, it might be better to slowly distance yourself from so as not to look hopelessly outdated by the next time America hosts the World Cup.

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You know what they say: The heart wants what it wants. If only it would stop wanting between nine and five. The story of Carl is a test case in dealing with quiet agony.

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The fictional Business Thingies Unlimited knows how easy it is to get lost in the Twitter crowd of companies jostling for attention, so they mix it up and make sure no tweet is wasted.

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It’s easy to become ham-handed when trying to stifle gossip and a runaway rumor mill. Marie McIntyre, Ph.D. explains how they start.

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Morey Stettner, editor of Executive Leadership, recently described for webinar attendees the power of intrinsic motivators to get workers to buy into their jobs in ways a bonus check can’t provoke. There’s a lot of psychology in play when people sit down at their desks in the morning; learn to wield it to your advantage and you won’t have to constantly buy off staff lethargy.

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