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.
Meet Mike Iaconelli. Not your everyday bass-fishing champion, “Ike” is
from New Jersey, not somewhere in the South, and he listens to rap
music, not Country. Even though Iaconelli has won only the 2003
Bassmaster Classic and an assortment of other prizes and sponsorships,
he threatens to become the Tiger Woods of fishing and blast the sport
beyond its staid, rural roots. Here’s what makes Ike a leader:
Craig Newmark describes himself as a formerly overpaid software
engineer who grew up wearing a plastic pocket protector and thick,
black glasses taped together. One decade ago, he started an e-mail list
of fun events in San Francisco. Craigslist grew and grew. Now, it has 7.6 million users in nearly 100
cities. But early on, Newmark stamped it with his personal code: Don’t
be greedy. Here are three of the conscious decisions that helped make Craigslist what it is today:
Creativity. It’s a fairly new buzzword in business. Now comes research
from Harvard business professor Teresa Amabile to debunk the myths
about it. For the past eight years, she’s run a diary study of hundreds
of managers “to look at creativity in the wild.” Amabile has uncovered these myths:
Problem: Writers who never studied Latin often mix up the abbreviations i.e. and e.g.
The basic information required for noting sources hasn't changed since you wrote a high school term paper, but the wealth of information available in electronic formats continues to add new twists.
When team members' personal problems affect their work on an ongoing basis, it can spell disaster for team morale and productivity. Here's what team leaders can do when such problems are affecting their results.
Use quick “Got a second?” chats on the fly, rather than lengthy meetings, to stay on top of things.
Determine whether the people you’re considering promoting are ready to break with their current jobs
At many organizations, work groups are creating Web log (“Blog”)-style pages so they can easily communicate about projects.
Most of us believe that seeing into the future is impossible. Not so.
We actually have a good idea of many things the future holds. We just
need to access that knowledge. To do so, take out three sheets of paper. Label them “One year from
now,” “Five years from now” and “10 years from now.” On each, answer
questions like these: