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Office Etiquette, or How to Not Be Annoying

There is a lot of advice about being a courteous employee that should just be intuitive, yet some people could stand to receive a reminder. In an article for Forbes, Lisa Quast gives us this reminder. Here is a sampling of tips that can make for a happier and less annoying work experience: Meetings: Do not schedule meetings back-to-back. Include an appropriate buffer that allows you to always show up to meetings punctually. And when ...

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Negotiating with Difficult People: We Have a Hostage Situation!

Chances are high that at at least one point in your career or personal life, you’ve had to negotiate with someone who was holding something you value as “hostage.” This may have included a particular service, payment, or resource, or quite possibly the TV remote, your favorite TV show, or having to tell your 5-year-old to put down the phone extension. Chances are even higher that you probably dreaded the whole process of getting what you ...

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3 Micro Tips for LinkedIn Networking

Sometimes you walk down the road not because you have a place to be, but just because the road is there. If you want a road to walk on LinkedIn, Catriona Pollard shares three little tips in an article for the CEO Magazine. Step one is to have a completed profile; when it comes to your professional genius, leave absolutely nothing a mystery. Step two is to use LinkedIn to follow up with anyone you ...

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A Useful Trick to Find a Mentor outside Your Network

What if you are looking to develop a skill that does not really exist in your organization, or is unavailable to you? Jo Miller suggests a relatively simple answer in an article for Mashable. She says you should go to a seminar and speak up. A frustrating reality for many presenters is that they hit their Q&A phase only to be met by crickets from the audience, or worse, some jerk asks a non-question that ...

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4 Ways to Network When You’re Not Looking for a Job

If you think the whole purpose of networking is for people to escape boring jobs, then you are totally missing the point. Networking can elevate your skills and resources to make you stronger even in a job where you are already happy. Elizabeth Gore shares four tips at Motto to network in any context. To begin with, the people you stand to forge the strongest relationships with are the ones you see walk past you ...

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4 Tips to Network with People outside Your Industry

If you only know people within your industry—or only people within your business—you may not be able to expand your perspective as much as if you had branched into other industries. But it is not too late. Dorie Clark shares some tips to network across industries in an article for Harvard Business Review. Begin by taking inventory of your existing network. Who are your core people, and who are the next 50ish satellite connections in ...

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How to Network Outside Your Company

As Rakia Reynolds wisely says in an article for Forbes, “Your network is your net worth.” It is the sum of your knowledge and capabilities, so you should treat it with appropriate seriousness. For instance, one successful business leader makes a point of either meeting at least one new person or strengthening an existing relationship per month, and she also does one good thing for someone in her network weekly. Any tactics applied systematically like ...

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6 Steps to Turn Strangers into Connections

People talk to only an estimated 2 to 3 percent of the strangers that pass them by. No, this is not a shocking statistic; they are strangers, after all. But imagine how much you could expand your network by talking a little more at work events! Stephanie Vozza shares six tips to make the most of “stranger things” in an article for Fast Company. In the first place, look approachable. Do not keep your eyes ...

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Decision-Making under the Influence: SME, HiPPO, and BOGSAT

The most significant driver of cost and schedule risk in any project is indecision. While most projects can absorb a few bad decisions or even course-correct without a hitch, delaying a decision almost invariably creates damage. Agile practitioners will typically defer decisions until required to move forward so that the Decider has as much information as possible, but a lack of information isn’t always—or even usually—the problem. Sometimes the Decider just doesn’t feel empowered, and ...

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The Next Big Smartphone Innovation May Not Be a Phone

Smartphones are not evolving at the dramatic rate that they did back when they first appeared, but innovations keep pressing on. An article published at Fortune takes a look at how phone innovations are or will make a splash in other places. For instance, technology used in phones will gradually find its way into “smart jewelry” that has a microphone and can accept commands. Voice recognition to perform simple tasks and answer basic questions is ...

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