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If the worst part of your job is your boss—someone who pits staff members against one another, steals credit and doesn’t support you—take this advice from the career experts at Bernard Haldane Associates…
Imagine holding the title of “senior secretary” or “executive secretary” one day and being called an “administrative assistant” the next—for the same job and pay. That can happen when an organization streamlines support staff job titles. But don’t despair if you feel your title doesn’t reflect the work you do…
If co-workers’ bad attitudes create tension, protect yourself from those office toxins.
A tidy workplace should enable you to work faster, but some hide a secret: You may be wasting time, effort and resources on unproductive tasks. Don’t let your drive for neatness and perfection derail your work. Check whether your office is simply organized or efficient, as well, with this list:
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Ready to rise to the executive ranks?

April 1, 2004 Categorized in: Advancement

If you’re effective and execute work flawlessly with integrity and style, you might want to contact someone like Melba Duncan. Duncan, founder of the Duncan Group, specializes in finding top-notch assistants for top-level executives. Another reason you may need Duncan’s help: “This is one of the most difficult jobs to put on paper,” she says.
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Looking for a better approach to life? You probably have more ability to carve out your own work/life balance than you think. Here’s how:
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Sound more credible, competent and convincing by using “power talk.” That’s the term coined by communication expert George Walther to mean that every word you use creates value for you. Practice these techniques.
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When a conflict with someone makes it hard to complete your job, you have five options to reach a resolution. The problem? We regularly rely on one or two options rather than using the best option for that particular situation. Defaulting to our favorite tactic instead of being flexible makes us less effective. Here are the five ways to respond to conflict and how to figure out which tactic to employ…
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