People Skills

Are you a good leader? Are you a good teammate? Would your teammates evaluate you the same way you evaluate yourself? Are you sure? Here’s a self-audit.
If you find yourself in a tough relationship with your boss, instead of updating your résumé and embarking on a quest for a new job, learn how to improve your relationship. Start now by asking yourself these four questions.
Incivility—being disrespectful, un­­­pro­­fes­­sional or just plain rude—is an epidemic in many workplaces today, Joyce E.A. Russell writes for The Wash­­ing­­ton Post. And it’s a problem for businesses, customers and employees.
If you’re struggling to be a leader, consider these tips from Dan McCarthy.
If you received a promotion and suddenly found yourself supervising people who were your peers the day before, would you know how to break the ice and make a smooth transition?
Your relationship with your boss can be good, bad or somewhere in between. Knowing the signs of a dysfunctional relationship can help you decide whether it’s worth working on or if you should just move on, career consultant Jennifer Winter writes.

Co-worker quandaries and boss binds

March 24, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

Dealing with difficult interpersonal interactions is something you’ll have to face from time to time. Recruiting and public relations blogger Lindsay Olson offers solutions to four common workplace challenges.

Overcoming workplace negativity

March 12, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult People

Calling out co-workers through gossip or banter is “sludge,” and it’s one of the most significant bar­riers to having a positive and fulfilling workplace, write Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, authors of Why Work Sucks. Take their tips for eliminating sludge and create a happier place to work.
Sergio Kletnoy’s role as a magazine editor’s assistant at Cosmopolitan is taking on new life as it moves away from “The Devil Wears Prada” stereotype to a role with more involvement within the company. Here’s an inside look into his life and the evolution of the magazine editor’s assistant.

Inside an ‘untethered’ office

February 24, 2014 Categorized in: Teamwork

In a move uncommon in the United States but more popular in Europe, international real estate brokerage CBRE Group took away its em­­ployees’ personal space—offices, desks and file cabinets—and converted to an “untethered” office. Even the CEO has no home base within the office, writes Los Angeles Times reporter Roger Vincent, who took a look inside.
Douglas Conant, founder of Conant­Leadership and chairman of Avon Prod­­ucts, offers four tips for being a conscientious leader and in­­spir­­ing the people who work with you to become better versions of themselves.

How to turn a foe into a friend

February 14, 2014 Categorized in: Difficult PeopleNegotiating

Next time you find yourself in a standoff, exert influence and come to an amicable solution with these five tips from Bob Burg, author of Ad­­ver­­saries Into Allies.

5 top behind-the-scenes assistants

February 12, 2014 Categorized in: Managing the Boss

Behind every great leader is a great executive assistant. Rachel Feintzeig of The Wall Street Journal took a look at some prestigious executive assistants and how they help their high-profile bosses succeed.