Personal Development

Overconfidence can benefit your career

Research shows overconfidence can raise your status even if you don’t have the skills to back it up. A paper on the subject by Jessica Ken­­nedy of Vanderbilt University and Cam­­eron Anderson and Don Moore of UC Berkeley attempts to explain this phenomenon.

What great admins do well

Bonnie Low-Kramen, author of Be the Ultimate Assistant, explains six things that make assistants good at their jobs and irreplaceable to their employers.

Stop rumination from ruining your day

Focusing on bad feelings and experiences from the past can be a barrier to your present and fu­­ture success. So, how do you stop it?

4 ways to be more approachable

If you’re shy, standoffish, awkward or all three, it will put a damper on your ability to get ahead. Try these tips from Barbara Pachter to let your guard down a little and be more approachable.

Overconnected and need a disconnect?

You’re not alone if you find yourself needing to “digitally detox” and come up with creative ways to ban digital devices from parts of your life. Caroline Tell, The New York Times, came up with a few ways to do it.

Feel underappreciated? You're not alone

Feeling underappreciated can in­­tro­­duce bitterness into your work rela­­tionships, which will negatively affect your work. The lack of acknowl­­edgment for your contribution can lead to bad feelings and an unwillingness to compromise when it comes to making decisions with a partner or co-workers, write Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer of Banyan Family Business Advisors.

Do you have the right soft skills?

In today’s marketplace, soft skills—in­­tan­­gi­­ble personality traits and qualities such as organization, flexibility and confidence—separate an exceptional employee from an average one.

4 techniques to build your people skills

Top admins exhibit bridge-building communication skills by emphasizing shared interests and minimizing resistance. Try these techniques to communicate better with colleagues.

1-Minute Strategies: August '14

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Have you paid it forward?

Remember the first day of your very first job? It might be hard to remember now that you are established in your career and feel competent, secure and confident.