Hate Networking? Then Change Your Inner-monologue

March 27, 2020

Quick question: Would you rather get a root canal than schmooze with a roomful of strangers? If you hesitated for even a second in considering that choice, you must not enjoy networking. Join the crowd. Networking may be one of your least favorite activities. But getting past your apprehensions and doing it right can work…

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Conflict Pulling You Down? You Can Break the Pattern

March 27, 2020

Unresolved conflict is a primary cause of poor performance, poor relationships, and poor health. The good news is that you can do something about it. Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler offers some common sense—and workable—strategies for dealing productively with conflict situations. She the author of Optimal Outcomes: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in…

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How to Handle ‘Irreconcilable Differences’

March 3, 2020

Even in the best of relationships and work environments, conflict is inevitable. Rather than hunker down and make things worse, we can adopt a set of skills that produce better results for everyone involved. That’s the approach of Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, author of Optimal Outcomes: Free Yourself from Conflict at Work, at Home, and in…

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Steeped in Conflict? Here’s How to Break Free

February 27, 2020

An eye for an eye, it’s been said, will only make the whole world blind. Unfortunately, some people didn’t get the memo. The result is turmoil, conflict, broken relationships, and missed opportunities. Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler has a better way. At Columbia University she teaches a popular course on conflict freedom. It focuses on ways to…

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Your Assumptions About ‘Motivation’ Could Be Wrong

February 12, 2020

Corporate hallways and lunchrooms are often festooned with “motivational” wall posters. The idea seems to be that clichés enhance comradeship and performance. Military drill instructors scream at recruits, apparently assuming that insults and humiliation are inspiring. Motivation can come from many sources. A tyrannical manager may “motivate” people to work killer hours that ruin health…

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What We Can (Still) Learn From Jim Lehrer

January 26, 2020

Occasionally we run across someone whose example helps guide us for the rest of our lives. For me, one such person was Jim Lehrer. To millions of people, Jim was the face of the PBS NewsHour where he was anchor for more than three decades. Others will remember him as the moderator of a dozen…

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Do Distractions Wreck Your Day? Here’s a Smart Fix

January 23, 2020

If you’re like most people, you occasionally (often?) wish you had more time. Meanwhile, you’re stuck with the same clock and calendar as everyone else. Personal productivity is among the most perplexing challenges facing people everywhere. It needn’t be. In fact, our personal productivity can become one of the most satisfying ingredients of our lives.…

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Stressed? Maybe Rest Can Be Your New Hustle

January 17, 2020

Paula Rizzo was sitting at her desk at Fox News Channel in New York City when she felt a dull pain below her belly button. Like many hard-charging people might do, she ignored it. After all, she was busy. She had a demanding job as a senior TV producer. She had obligations as a wife,…

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6 Practices To Help You Be A Better Manager

January 10, 2020

Are you a first-level leader? Do you manage a team of individual contributors who don’t have direct reports of their own? Then you know some of the challenges of making the leap to management. You really want to be a good manager, but your training for that role may be light or even non-existent. You…

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