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Why It Is Important to Make Your Boss Look Good

While it may not be your job to make your boss happy, it is still a smart policy to make your boss look good when you can. Catherine Lovering explains why in an article for Chron.  There are four straightforward benefits: It makes your boss trust you, and when you have trust, you will be given the liberty to get more creative with how you approach work. Making your boss look good makes your entire …

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5 Ways to Be Good in Order to Make the Boss Look Great

Like the theme from The Karate Kid says, you are the best around. So why not use some of that talent to help your boss look great? Jessica Kleiman shares five tips to do that in an article for the Muse: Go beyond your job description to take some tasks off your boss’s plate, freeing up his or her time to complete more important work ahead of schedule. Pay attention to detail, perhaps proofreading your …

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Empower the Boss without Being a Sycophant

Performed the right way, making your boss look good is a win-win situation. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Michael Schrage provides examples of these win-wins where nobody had to sell their soul to make it happen. For instance, a woman noticed her boss’s boss enjoyed when politically correct humor was inserted into presentations, so she would hunt down appropriate New Yorker or Dilbert comics to insert into her boss’s presentations. The boss’s boss …

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5 Ways to Make Your Boss (and You) Look Good

When you grease the wheels a little, who knows how far you will go? In a post for The Creative Group, some helpful tips are given to make your boss look good, and make you look good in the process. First, give credit where credit is due, especially praising your boss for good work in public. It makes your boss look competent, and it makes you look thoughtful. Second, focus on your boss’s positive aspects. …

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8 Ways to Make Your Boss Look Good without Compromising Your Principles

The more lovable and reliable you are to your boss, the more comfortable the work experience you are going to have. How do you become “lovable” without hating yourself in the process though? In an article for Forbes, Jacquelyn Smith shares eight great tips: Be really good at your job in the first place. If a project went well and you think your boss was an integral part of the success, then be vocal about …

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Workday Goals and Rules to Spend Time Well

In an article for Entrepreneur, Chris Brogan highlights a few basic rules and goals that, if followed or accomplished each workday, can make it feel like the day was well used. There is a hard marketing-centric slant to his advice, but it is still generally applicable. Among the rules is creating and abiding by a zero-tolerance list—a list of things you commit to stop doing at work (like social media). Another rule is the rule …

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Spend More Time Actually Sleeping in Bed

With rare (Robert Herjavec) exception, lack of sleep hurts your productivity and wrecks your health. An article at Men’s Health shares some fast and basic tips to get you sleeping longer. These may not help insomniacs (sorry), but they will benefit the rest of you: In the late afternoon, do not take a nap or consume coffee; you will be awake all night. Set a regular bedtime to program your brain to power down at …

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Ways to Squeeze Workouts into Your Busy Schedule

Everybody wishes they had more time to be healthy. Wish granted. In an article for Fitness Magazine, Marianne Magno describes several ideas for squeezing some workout time into your day: Bike to work, or get off your bus/train at an earlier stop to give yourself a reason to walk. Work out first thing in the morning to get it out of the way and get yourself energized for the rest of the day. Alternatively, use …

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How to Find More Time

Life is too busy. There is never enough time to do everything you wish you could do. Luckily, Einstein proved time is relative, and in an article for the New York Times, Anna North discusses research showing how you can trick your brain to feel less rushed. Experiments show that people feel more stressed and feel like they have less time when their goals are in conflict with each other. This can occur on small …

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How to Find More Time for Personal Reflection

Good project managers know not to fill their teams to full capacity with work, because some wiggle room is always important. Wiggle room in your life to stop and actually reflect on what you are doing is important too. In an article for Inc., Paul B. Brown suggests various ways to find timeouts in your day to stop and think. Here is a sampling: At the very beginning of your day, nothing has had time …

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