Category Archives: Relationships

9 Reasons Your Employees Lack Leadership Skills

There are books, courses, certifications and coaches who “teach,” encourage and even insist that everyone can be a leader. Has anyone considered that maybe not everyone wants to be one? I respectfully disagree with the notion that everyone can, or must, seek leadership roles. However, at the risk of contradicting myself, I also believe that there...
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How to Deal with Lying in the Workplace

Lying in the workplace can have serious consequences. Take, for example, the recent case of Empire star Jussie Smollett, whose lie about being attacked in a hate crime has led to the implosion of his career and the possibility of facing criminal charges. That said, when it comes to lies on the job, are there different...
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7 Things to Never Say to Your Boss

Has the relationship between you and your boss become chummy? Has it developed into a friendship outside work? When your colleague becomes your friend, the line between professional and personal behavior can easily be blurred, putting the relationship and business decisions at risk. This is especially true in the dynamic between boss...
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7 Qualities of a Good Employee

When we fall short in our professional lives, it is easy to blame someone else—the company, low pay, uninspiring coworkers, a stale love life, lack of coffee, a bad boss, or whatever. While these things can play a role, sometimes we have to look closer to home and admit, “It’s not them, it’s me.”  We are the...
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7 Mistakes Managers Make and Employees Hate

Do you have a former manager or boss who stands out in your memory? Most of us do. Some stand out because of their incompetence, and others because they were unprofessional jerks. And yet others because they did their job and taught us something valuable along the way. I worked for...
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7 Questions To Help Keep A Workplace Compliment Sincere And Legit

Keeping workplace compliments sincere and within the legal boundaries is simple, if your reasons for giving it are sincere.

A few synonyms for the word “compliment” are admiration, endorsement, and congratulations.  These all sound innocent enough. However, a compliment veiled in flattery and flirtation can quickly turn into an awkward situation and labeled inappropriate,...
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Common Guest Quirks and How to Squash Them

Are you anticipating another disagreeable interaction among your guests? Is there one guest who always seems to stir things up? It's incredible how one person can ruin a gathering. Sometimes it's the combination of guests can make for a volatile situation. Regardless, as a host, your goal is to provide a welcoming atmosphere for all. And,...
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5 Times An Apology Can Be A Good Career Move

We all mess up at work; it's how you handle things afterwards that reveals your character and professionalism (or lack of it).

In the workplace, there are situations where an apology can be a good career move. For example: 1. Clients. First of all, “the customer is always right” is not always true. However,...
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5 Ways The Apology Has Lost Its Value

When an apology loses its value, what's left? Grudges, hostility, revenge, retaliation, hurt feelings...in the workplace this is detrimental. 

All too often, the apology gets tossed around like a get-out-of-jail card. Add a few tears and some carefully selected words, voilà, all is forgiven and forgotten. Or does it depend on who the offender...
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