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One of the first things Marty Baron did upon becoming executive editor of The Miami Herald was eliminate lengthy daily and monthly meetings for department heads.
With corporate layoffs over the past 20 years, fewer people are doing more work.
There’s nothing more embarrassing than trying to make sense of reams of
numbers while your boss waits for your brilliant insights. It’s moments
like this when you need keen data-analysis skills.
You’ll move up faster if bosses trust you.
If a co-worker says something mildly insulting or tries to cut you down, ignore it or walk away.
If you have trouble leaving the office in time for dinner, stop muttering, “One more hour and I’ll go.”
If you’re a hard-charging go-getter, drape yourself in modesty.
A reader called us to ask, “Should I start job hunting? My company is
scaling down longtime perks like free coffee. Even the water coolers
are now unfilled. Am I overreacting—or should I flee while I can?”
Win compliance from employees by highlighting what’s to gain by cooperating, not what’s to lose if they don’t.
You have a chance encounter with your division president and you want
to say something impressive. Nothing comes to mind, so you resort to
that old standby: compliments.