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Want a quick route to the unemployment office? Just say “No” to your boss when he or she asks you to do something. Even if the boss’s command is unreasonable, defying authority immediately causes conflict.
It happens. Your boss, red-faced and scowling, strides toward your desk—clutching the report you stayed late yesterday to finish. How to calm the tension? Remember this 4-A approach:
Here are a few highlights from an ABC News web poll a few years back that asked readers for the worst thing a boss ever told them:
Take a lesson from successful execs and create an alliance with another admin pro you consider a competitor.
Saint Augustine postulated that the human mind is made up of little chambers that will hold whatever is directed into them.  Fill those images with success, you become successful; fill them with regret, you will fail and become bitter. This is true of organizations as well. Here’s how one admin put that idea into practice while working for New York City’s government.
Consider yourself lucky if you can ever focus on your work for more than 12 minutes at a stretch. Use this plan to handle the interruptions you can’t avoid.
Take a few tips on using the art of self-promotion, from communication consultant Peggy Klaus.
Committing a major mistake at work can feel like it’s the end of the world. But it isn’t the end of your career … depending on how you handle it. Here are three steps to take.
Launching into an assignment before you’re absolutely sure what the boss wants just wastes your effort … and the boss’s time.
Pay attention to small amounts of spending that could add up to huge savings across your organization.
If you don’t win the promotion or new job you interviewed for, find out how to strengthen your position for the next opening. After every interview, immediately critique your own performance by asking yourself these questions.
Rachel Montgomery of Ft. Meade, Md., came close to burnout, working long hours and weekends, before she found the power to make a priority of what she has to do, should do and even wants to do. Here are her tips.
To survive in your workstation, you may have unconsciously adapted to many small inconveniences. Take a few minutes to analyze your surroundings, and you’ll see how small changes could add up to a major improvement to your work space … and your mood.