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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Here’s how NASCAR great Mark Martin stays fit as a box of lug nuts. Now in his 50s, he is still faster than most young drivers. His strategies are cleverer, as they were when he won a race in Michigan by conserving fuel and running out of gas only 500 feet before the finish line...

Everyone is expected to do more with less and the only way we’re going to survive and thrive is to stop at 80% and then move to the next task.
Realizing that an audience has begun to tune you out can be unsettling when making a presentation, but it doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. In fact, realizing that your audience’s attention has waned presents a valuable opportunity to reconnect and ensure that your presentation resonates. Here’s how:
For managers, trust is a vital professional component that defines their ability to inspire others. Employees who do not trust their managers also do not respect them, and this can lead to a variety of acts of insubordination, from disdain to apathy to outright rebellion.
Effective communication starts with you, the manager, and the tone you set in the workplace. It may require some time and effort to get it right, but you’ll see the benefits in outstanding performance and support.

“A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours are wasted.” This old saying may be true in many cases, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A bit of preparation, discipline and solid follow-up can help you conduct more productive and focused meetings. Here are 11 guidelines.

Raised on a pig farm, Dale Carnegie moved to New York City, hoping to become an actor. That failed, as did selling trucks and writing Westerns. What worked? Teaching a class in public speaking at a Harlem YMCA. That class would form the basis of his ideas, methods and glorious self-improvement empire surrounding How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Elevate your business writing by ridding it of these common misuses and abuses: 1. Ill-placed question marks. 2. Cool-sounding buzzwords. 3. Clichés.

Our sedentary work lifestyle is part of the reason Americans have packed on so many pounds over the past 30 years. Some stats that bear witness to the problem:

Talk about timing. As the economy tanked, Ellen Kullman, long on the short list of possible chiefs at DuPont, became president on Oct. 1, 2008, and CEO a few months later. As the chemical company’s sales fell, Kullman had to decide what should and shouldn’t change. Organizing the company to respond to these trends, Kullman decided on four principles:

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