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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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Feeling overcommitted? Said yes when you should have said no? Here's some sage advice on how to set boundaries and still share your time and energy:
"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.
In the face of rising travel costs, look into swapping a pricey off-site meeting for a low-cost conference call.
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.
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.
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.
UPS Chairman and CEO Michael Eskew believes that employees aspire to accomplish great things.
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?
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