The Duncan Report

Office Politics: Tools for Taking Charge

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Many people who claim dissatisfaction with their jobs are actually okay with the work itself. Their angst is with relationships—with managers and/or coworkers. Here are expert tips for navigating the rough waters of office politics.

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On a Negative Path at Work? Why Mental Maps Matter


Hardly anyone argues against being positive. But much of the rah rah talk out there comes across as intellectual pablum. But here’s an expert who translates aspirations into specific and practical organizational actions.

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Blunt Prescriptions for Parenting (Hints for the Workplace, Too)


American children are falling behind in academics, health, attitudes, and simple manners. Here are some blunt parenting tips to help make it all better.

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How to Say ‘No!’ Without Getting Fired

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In the workplace, or any place, there are ways to say “no” without being insubordinate. In fact, smart leaders and smart followers adopt practices that enable honest conversations to navigate their relationships.

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Launch Your Leadership To New Heights


The check list for effective leadership contains many must-have items, not the least of which are clear purpose, empathy, and “righteous influence.” Try these for yourself.

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Eight Behaviors That Sabotage Your Workplace

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At first glance, many of our workplace behaviors may seem innocent enough. Maybe even constructive. In reality, some of them are weapons of mass distraction. Here’s one expert’s advice on avoid self-sabotage.

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