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How to manage your boss. Effectively.

How to Manage Your Boss. Effectively.

The most critical work relationship we have and the one that is most mishandled is that one with your boss. Managing up is critical because your boss plays a pivotal role in your success or failure. Your boss can leverage his influence in a number of ways that are helpful to your career – getting resources, establishing contact, and securing support for your career and development.

5 worst email fails

5 Critical Failures in E-mails

Our workplace communication increasingly runs through e-mail programs rather than in person communication with colleagues. Even if the members of a project group are sitting two tables across, the latest version of the project or even the latest cat news will be forwarded by email. Some colleagues only learn the most necessary improvements through this medium

How to practice critical thinking

How to Practice Critical Thinking Skills

Robert Ennis defined critical thinking as “reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or do.” At the workplace, critical thinking forces employees and managers to look at a situation and weigh all possible solutions before coming up with a final answer. As is often the case with soft-skills though, we need to follow the right ways

10 tips to improve your listening skills

10 Tips on Improving Your Listening Skills as a Manager

On improving your listening skills

The ability to hear the right things cannot be stressed enough in business situations. Yet most of us, specially in senior management positions, tend to take this skill for granted. There could be many reasons why people “mishear.” As a senior manager, if you encounter such a problem, ask yourself these questions:

How to be a great boss in 8 steps

Good is not enough. Here’s how to be a great boss in 8 steps!

In the last year we shared several posts on soft-skills and characteristics that make bad bosses, and we also shared research on how much the job performance and satisfaction of employees depends on the leader of a team or the company. A good boss likes to have a lot to do with the personalities of people but there are many opportunity areas where they can change their leadership skills by allowing for some self-reflection and conviction, and thus be even more successful.

How to be an authentic leader

Management Skills 206: How to be an authentic leader

What is the hype about the authentic style of leadership? The essence of authenticity is to know, accept and remain true to one’s self. The more you remain true to their core values, identities, preferences and emotions, the more of an authentic leader you become. This is valuable in fact no matter what level you are at as an employee, and is of course most critical when in management jobs.

characteristics of a good project manager

Top characteristics of a good project manager

We recently shared the most outstanding traits of a good boss, and today we are happy to share the top characteristics of a good project manager. What does it take to be top of the line in your chosen project management roles? The infographic offers a few pointers, and we decided to talk through the top 3 that came to our mind as being most critical in such a role.

how to deal with a dumb boss

How to deal with a dumb boss

There really is no one who goes through a career without a boss that they may not necessarily be thrilled with. There are also those that wonder, how did this colleague of mine get promoted to be my boss. Sadly, sometimes bosses tend to not adopt any of the characteristics that can in fact make them awesome. Instead some tend to display characteristics that make working with them essentially torturous. As Ted Jenkin says in his interesting article on how to deal with a dumb boss, at least once during our careers

transitioning from a colleague to the boss

Transition from a colleague to the boss: The challenges of management jobs

When I grow up, I’d like to be a boss. Perhaps not the most common career people end up having, but I am sure that it’s on your list too. The executive chair offers many benefits: Decision making power, great travel and of course the big money and all that sounds excellent, right? But is there something we are missing- can all that glitter be gold? We spoke with someone who should know. Michael Dams is currently the Managing Director and Director Central Europe (DA-CH) at National Instruments

fatal flaws of leaders

10 Fatal Flaws in Leaders

Fatal Flaws in leaders are perhaps spoken less of compared to what qualities a leader must possess. As a candidate of management jobs, this is critical as a check. Leadership consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman conducted two studies to judge the characteristics of those who were fired as well as those who were considered least effective in terms of their leadership skills.

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