In an era of Casual Fridays and work-from-home colleagues, how can you maintain effective office communication in a changing business climate?
We’ll steer you through changes in business etiquette, and help you successfully navigate through the new realities of workplace conflict and office politics.
Separate yourself from one high-stress task to focus on the next
Stay ahead of the competition by discarding the old rule of success
Years ago, the head of a big accounting firm hired an executive coach on his own dime. He wanted the arrangement kept secret. When the coach told the executive that their work might take awhile, the exec wanted to know what that meant. Two weeks? The coach smiled.
Upton Sinclair, best known for his muckraking books The Jungle and Oil!,
had such a winning personality that he ran for governor of California
in 1934. But it soon became apparent that what made “Uppy” a great man
did not make him a great candidate for the Democratic Party.
Figure out your “center” as a leader, by answering these questions:
One reader asks: “Please clarify the use of the word ‘I’ when using a pronoun with another name, such as: ‘These are the vacation schedules for Joan and I.’ Do you use I or me?” Whenever you’re unsure of which pronoun to use in a situation like this and don’t have time to dig into […]
To be honest, we thought people had figured this out by now: E-mail is not private. Indeed, it's about the least private form of communication most of us use.
For years and years, we've been told there's no substitute for "managing by walking around."
To be a good, smart manager, you need to work well with your own manager. And communication is the bedrock of a good relationship with any boss.
If really important things aren't getting done in your department, take a good look at the way you're talking about them.