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.
"Strong relationships are the backbone of a strong business," says Richard Abraham, consultant and author of Mr. Shmooze: The Art and Science of Selling Through Relationships.
It's natural for us as team leaders to sometimes feel limited by the necessity of serving our managers. But that service actually provides many opportunities for us to increase our effectiveness in our own departments. The trick is knowing how to follow your manager in a way that builds opportunities for your people.
Say you want to open another office or relocate to a more modern space, but you can’t afford to lease or buy a new location. One possible solution: Contract for a “virtual” office.
In the face of rising travel costs, look into swapping a pricey off-site meeting for a low-cost conference call.
President James Monroe tends to come up short when compared with such
contemporaries and mentors as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. But, today, Monroe would be considered a model of the laid-back but effective chief executive.
UPS Chairman and CEO Michael Eskew believes that employees aspire to accomplish great things.
No question that mergers are painful when you have to consolidate positions. Utz-Hellmuth Felcht, chairman of Degussa, the world’s largest
specialty-chemical company, has had a lot of practice at it. He deals
with mergers in two main ways:
We can feel fear but we move forward, anyway. Acknowledge that it exists, but don’t let it tie you down.
In all, the Coast Guard evacuated about 33,500 people after Katrina,
six times as many as it did in all of 2004. The sheriff of St. Bernard
Parish says the Guard was the only federal agency to provide any
significant help for a week. When officials came down from Washington and asked the sheriff how he’d
fix FEMA, he told them to blow it up and give the Coast Guard what it
needs. So how did an agency with relatively modest resources rescue so many?
Allen Dulles, the master spymaker who headed the CIA during the
Eisenhower years, liked to tell the story of an important phone call he
once refused to take.