Self Improvement

3 Questions to Ask Your Would-Be Boss at the Interview

In many ways, moving ahead in our careers depends on our bosses: the people who can motivate us, advise us, challenge us, or — on the other hand — make our lives miserable.

Motivate Employees by Addressing Individual Needs

Being responsible for a team means that a manager has to be aware of what motivates others. This is another area in which your new role may differ considerably from your old one.

Emotions as Barriers to Listening

Negative and positive emotions

You're wired to listen selectively for the information you expect or want. As a result, your emotions affect how and what you hear.

How to think Outside the Box

The psychological terms restructuring and functional fixedness are relevant to how the creative process works, and can be applied to creative thinking. Restructuring means reorganizing or restructuring a problem to find a solution. Functional fixedness occurs when, as the idea originator, you become restricted by the demands of the task, or other constraints or norms. This functional fixedness means that you have difficulty reconceptualizing the problem to find a solution.

Upside of rejection

The upside of rejection This morning I was thinking about rejection. On my way to the office I happened to pass by a former building owned by NYNEX.

Using an Appropriate Tone in Business Writing

Analyzing your audience and the purpose of your message is the key to successful business writing. As well as helping you decide what content and how much detail to include, it helps you apply the right tone in your writing.

Ten Tips for Conducting Employee Performance Reviews

You’ve invested your time, your money, and all your energy into building your company. But no company can function for very long without a team of productive employees supporting it.

Trust And Betrayal

Is your answer something like this?… Trust is an interesting topic and it would be great to have the luxury of time and bandwidth to cultivate it in our organization's business practices, but there are more pressing and critical issues which I/we need to address instead.

Two Rules for Using Exclamation Points

Exclamations are used to indicate great excitement or emphasis. In business writing, exclamation points should be used sparingly and only to add urgency, surprise, or disbelief to a statement. Business writers are expected to convey feeling or emphasis primarily through strong words and clear structures, not through punctuation. If you use exclamation points too often, the reader may become immune to their effect or may consider you unprofessional. There are two rules for using exclamation points in your writing:

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