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Office Politics: Winning the War

Office Politics: Winning the War

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace. In it’s simplest form, office politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace: Read more

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Spot a Bad Boss During the Job Interview

Spot a Bad Boss During the Job Interview

When a friend told Jessica Dean about a hot startup looking for a director of business development, she forwarded her résumé. The New York-based company offered a new smartphone app that sounded innovative. Unfortunately, the owner’s lack of professionalism raised red flags during the interview. He made lofty promises about company plans, used profane language, and overstated his qualifications. Ms. Dean took the job because her friend assured her that the owner—a friend of her friend’s—would be a good boss.

The problems started right away. The owner didn’t trust her, so would leave late-night voice mails asking if she’d completed her projects. “Even my mother didn’t care for him when she met him,” says Ms. Dean, who quit after six months. Read more

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The Boss from Hell

The Boss from Hell

I’m sure that most entrepreneurs and business leaders would confess to having been in a situation of feeling overwhelmed and in over their head.

In such circumstances, leaders might rely on the “say yes to everything now and figure it out later” approach, which can trigger angst, frustration and some sleepless nights along the way.

Many years ago I worked for a large hotel chain, rising from an entry-level position to general manager at age 24, becoming one of the chain’s youngest general managers. Read more

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When You Dislike Your Boss

When You Dislike Your Boss

Nothing is more destructive in the workplace than difficult bosses. Every employee has a series of bosses over their working career. Hopefully, most of your bosses are competent, kind, and even, worthy of your trust and respect.

Unfortunately, too often, employees have difficult bosses who impact their desire to engage and contribute at work. It is no surprise that employees who quit their job are most frequently leaving their bosses, not necessarily the company or their job. Find out more about how to deal with difficult bosses. Read more

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