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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"At one time or another, most of us have avoided saying no by saying yes," writes Rick Brenner. "We do this in spite of our experience that the price we pay for agreeing to do something we don't believe in is often far too high." Here are some suggestions from Brenner on how to say no when you need to:
Successful managers are the ones who've decided that the discomfort of giving criticism is less painful than the consequences of poor performance. Here's what you'll see if you watch them in action.
Issue: Becoming more involved in a local college's career programs, beyond attending job fairs and posting openings.
Risk: Your organization can morph itself into an employer of choice for interns ...

Problem: "I can't remember when or how to type numbers 1 through 10 in a paragraph or a sentence. At some point, you must actually type out the number rather than the numeral, but when?"

Knowing when to persist and when to walk is one of the trickier decisions leaders face. Samuel Massie had to do both during his career as a leading American chemist.
Your inspiring idea has already won over your head and heart. But will it make it in the marketplace? Tip the balance in your favor by being ready to answer these questions:
Actor Paul Newman attributes his success to luck: the luck of having genes that gave him smarts, strong bones and good looks. But while that kind of luck may have helped him in his early days as an actor after graduating “magna cum lager” from college, his later years have composed an exercise in discipline.
When you stride up to a microphone, do you walk confidently or shuffle up with your head down? Here’s a technique that actors use to command attention:
Even leaders have slumps. You can pull yourself out of one with a little wisdom and these tactics:
The hard part of leading a creative team is deflecting ideas that are unrealistic, undeveloped or “not ready for prime time.” Take these critical steps: