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You never know when you’re go­­ing to need some friendly help or support, writes J.T. O’Donnell, career strategist and workplace consultant. She suggests keeping the peace with your co-workers by avoiding these potentially offensive questions:
The U.S. Supreme Court has generally upheld the con­­sti­­tu­­tion­­ality of the Patient Pro­­tec­­tion and Affordable Care Act of 2010. This means the tax-related provisions in the law will stand, so the tax bill for some tax­­payers will increase, starting next year.
The next time you’re deciding which job candidate to hire or promote, take a second look at that working mother among your applicants. Businesses that value organized employees, effective time managers and quick thinkers are looking for the exact skills a parent develops while raising kids.
Networking is critical for building a great career, and there’s no better place to do it than a professional conference. A little preparation will help you get the most out of the experience. Tips from the pros:
To help your troops manage risk and change, help them access the information that will allow them to react well—and without fear—just like the Royal Marines, who have been trained to convert uncertainty (and fear) into well-defined risks.
Tap into the power of training and development by trying these five tips. They’ll help you make the most of limited resources, and they’re sure to improve employee skills.
Natural and man-made disasters can befall any region, state, city or individual organization. A disaster does not just mean a hurricane or a 9/11; a fire contained to your building could spell disaster for your business. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the unthinkable won't happen to your company. 

The next time you need a creative approach or solution, nix the disciplined mental focus and instead let your mind wander. In his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer says that laser-like focus actually inhibits creative thinking.

How does a leader impact a turnaround? Over the past five years, authors Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl spoke to both well-known and lesser-known turnaround masters, leaders who have altered the fortunes of their organizations. Remarkably, six distinct stages emerged:
“This is the biggest, most ambitious release of Office that we’ve ever done in our history,” Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer said recently about Office 2013. Embracing the mobile world, it brings touch-based controls and cloud storage, giving you access to your files from any computer, anywhere.