Don’t Be The Office Ball Hog: Lessons in Professional Team Work

Coworkers, like basketball players, perform better when their colleagues are team players. Don’t be the office ball hog: follow our strategies to ensure your group interactions are productive and efficient.   Teams Defined Jon Katzenbach and Douglas Smith defined teams succinctly in their classic book, The Wisdom of Teams, saying, “A team is a small number of people with complementary...

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How Should You Handle That Difficult Co-worker?

It seems to always happen to you – your desk is moved next to the know-it-all or your new project has you paired with the office gossip. It can be really challenging for you to get through the day. So what’s a good person like you supposed to do? You don’t want to be a jerk but you feel like...

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How Well Does Your Company Attract Multicultural Women To Its Workforce?

As well as Cisco, Deloitte, General Mills, IBM and Proctor & Gamble?  These companies made it to Working Mother’s top five list of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. So, what is it that these companies offer, that many others don’t, to make them so likeable for women of different ethnicities? Targeted agendas for recruiting & retaining Multicultural Women, such as:...

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Is Your Workplace Evolving with Millennials?

  In the workplace, it’s sometimes easy to spot the generational gaps that can occur when 20-somethings are mixed in with 30- and 40-somethings. It can be as subtle as an overheard conversation among senior managers about the “entitled” Millennial generation, or as in-your-face as high turnover rates for junior positions. Once companies face the facts – that Millennials are...

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Culture Connection: A NEXTer Takes On Japan

We have started a year-long series to introduce NEXTers to customs and cultures around the world. First stop – Japan, my home country! How can we build relationships with Japanese people? People in Japan are very collectivist. Everyone has his or her own social circles. For example, when you go to school, you realize that all of your classmates have...

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Putting Out Office Fires: Do You Fan The Flames?

  Are you a Catabolic or Anabolic Leader? Even sometimes? Catabolic leaders work in crisis mode. They put out fires, and deal with issues as they arise. This reactivity leads to stress, lack of focus, and a non-productive, frenzied type of atmosphere. They don’t think much about where they’re headed, and even if they do, the “big picture” gets lost...

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Tips for setting up your home office

Working from home can be an ideal opportunity for some.  There is no commuting.  No wasting money on gas.  Time to sneak in a load of laundry between conference calls.  And best of all, you can wear whatever you want (…unless you have a video conference of course)!  There are so many great advantages to working from home, but by...

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