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.

You charge through busy days, weeks and months, tackling one big project after another. But what about the important things you never get around to? The big ones you keep setting aside?
Former DuPont Chairman Ed Woolard asked workers this question when he visited them on the production line:

The managers you supervise who miss deadlines, question your authority, forget assignments or snipe are behaving the same way toward the people who report to them.
After your team completes a complex project, have everyone involved submit a summary of the details.
Here are some tips on how to score with clients, vendors and top organization honchos by staging the perfect golf outing:
“Wisdom is the daughter of experience,” wrote Leonardo da Vinci (1492-1519), possibly the most brilliant artist and thinker who ever lived. Luckily, da Vinci left us his instructions on converting experience into wisdom:
The U.S. president known as a fierce fighter, Indian hater and hothead—Andrew Jackson—actually used wallpaper to help him lead the country. Wallpaper?
While trading pelts in Newfoundland, a young Clarence Birdseye noticed the way Inuit Indians froze fish by laying them on the ice, where they froze almost instantly. He also noted that the cooked fish remained tender and flaky—almost as good as fresh.
At age 15, Billie Jean King (then, Billie Jean Moffitt) and her classmates were assigned to write a scene from their futures. Here’s what she turned in:
Formula One Grand Prix drivers, like successful executives, have the passion to reach the top of their professions. Yet, even within this elite group, only a tiny percentage take the winner’s stand.