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Managing up sometimes gets a bad rap. You’re not in elementary school anymore where you might have been made fun of, called a “suck up” or the “Teacher’s Pet.” This is a critical skill set in the corporate world and important to your career and job satisfaction. Whether you have the best manager in the…

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Sunset on the Beach

Unofficially, when we pass the Labor Day holiday, summer is in the rear-view mirror and fall is ahead. During these COVID-19 times, the workload seems to only get bigger and the days longer. Yet, our attitude shifts a little during summer. We are outdoors more enjoying the weather, vacations/stay-vacations happen, if you have kids, they’re…

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Man In Suit Extending Hand Out

Ready to get promoted? You have decided you want a promotion and are ready for a change and more responsibly. How do you go about getting promoted? Some questions to ask yourself first. Do you think you want to manage people? Are you more of a contributor and don’t want to manage people? Really think…

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You Are Your Own Competition

It always has been you against yourself in this world. In fact, you hold yourself to such a high standard, that you may become exhausted trying to live up to this ideal. We think we can guess what others are thinking or worse worry about what they are thinking, setting us up with assumptions and…

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Handle a Bossy Co-worker

Do you have a co-worker who acts like they’re your boss or micromanage what you are doing? Perhaps they give you advice you didn’t ask for or insist on having things done their way? A bossy co-worker can cause conflicts, frustrate, make things difficult, or even interfere with your productivity. Before you lose your cool,…

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Boss Reject Ideas

Ever have a boss who says they want new ideas and then isn’t open to them? This can be frustrating, and in some cases, defeating. What to do when your boss rejects your ideas can actually be a chance to improve your communications style and preparation. Try these suggestions for preparing and presenting business ideas…

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Friends at Work

When you consider the amount of time you spend with your work colleagues, it’s natural that friendships may develop there. A Gallup study shows that 37% of people with a friend at work are more likely to report that someone at work encourages their development. Some of the benefits of having friends at work include…

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How to Get Respect

Definition of respect 1 : a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation remarks having respect to an earlier plan 2 : an act of giving particular attention : consideration 3 : high or special regard : esteem Giving and receiving respect in today’s environment seems to be very hard to find in…

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Breaks at Work

Taking breaks at work are not usually something we think about, much less do. A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study shows that taking breaks can dramatically improve one’s productivity and creativity. The CDC recommends taking a five-minute break every hour no matter whether you work at a desk, do heavy construction work or anything…

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