Workplace Communication

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.

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Find a mighty mentor

by on September 1, 2000 8:00pm
in Workplace Communication

You’re on the prowl for a powerful, charismatic and supportive mentor. And you’ve spotted someone who fills the bill.
You need to get colleagues in other departments to help you tackle projects, but they rarely seem interested. It’s the same pattern: You ask for help and they either dither or refuse. Here’s how to guide them to become more willing team players.
New managers often regard the most talkative, confident employees as the most intelligent members of the team. That can be a faulty assumption.
When someone or something breaks your concentration, you can react one of two ways: stay broken or resume your work.
Most politicians believe they will win the votes of 85 percent of the folks they shake hands with. They know that if they can establish a human bond—even for a few seconds—they will leave a good impression.
You wind up putting out fires all day, not coaching or leading. You’re spread so thin that you rarely have time to praise fine work, ask smart questions or serve as a sounding board for ideas.
Before you hook up with a mentor, develop an exit strategy.