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    My Boss "Makes Me Very Uncomfortable"

    My Boss "Makes Me Very Uncomfortable"
    Dear Neycha, Thank you for your recent column on boss’ day. I’m having a dilemma with my own supervisor. I work in a small healthcare office owned by three partners. The youngest doctor, who is thirty-seven, is my direct supervisor and, since I began working there seven months ago, he’s been occasionally inappropriate. He makes fresh remarks about my body and ...
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    Social Networking For Business: What Works

    Social Networking For Business: What Works
    Social Media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and YouTube are changing the way the world does business. I think this is in response to our desire to connect with others. Relationship Marketing is all about connecting with people first as human beings and then as customers later. For a real business relationship to work, both parties must receive value. If only ...
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    Taming the Email Monster

    Taming the Email Monster
    Let’s reframe the role of e-mail in your business. Consider e-mail to be a medium to get information from one place to another, not as an end in itself. It is a “pass-through,” in much the same way as the role of the telephone is to give and receive information. How many emails are in your inbox right now? Opened? Unopened? ...
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    Best Airlines for Business Travel

    Best Airlines for Business Travel
    The recession turned practically every carrier into a low fare airline; fancy flying was one of the first items chopped from businesses budgets. But the economy is finally turning around. And in an effort to bounce back from billion dollar losses, airlines are offering all kinds of extras to woo corporate fliers. So which perks would persuade you to pick one ...
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    How to Manage a Stressed Colleague

    How to Manage a Stressed Colleague
    I’m managing someone who claims to have stress and is working reduced hours, but I think they are pulling the wool over my eyes. As times get tougher, the rest of the team are becoming increasingly suspicious and resentful. This will come as no surprise to an increasing number of managers. As times get tougher, organizations can increase the pressure without ...
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    Harmful Phishing Attacks Get Personal

    Harmful Phishing Attacks Get Personal
    You know to watch for phishing attacks, which use e-mail messages purporting to be from legitimate businesses to trick you into divulging private information. You're cautious and use a good spam filter, but phishing messages still get through. And these messages are more dangerous than ever. According to Cisco, almost 200 billion spam messages are sent daily. They have one thing ...
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    Your Board Meeting Battle Plan

    Your Board Meeting Battle Plan
    I have an upcoming Board meeting and want to be prepared for everything that is needed to make it run smoothly. To-do lists I have to-do lists for the Board and Committee meetings and a to-do list for the Board Reception and Dinner. You can never go wrong if you are making a list and checking it twice. My favorite to-do ...
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    He Said, She Said: Decoding Office Communication Between the Sexes

    He Said, She Said: Decoding Office Communication Between the Sexes
    Let's face it: As aggravating and frustrating as they can be, gender differences are also great fun. No, I don't mean that way. I mean that gender differences strike our funny bone. I suppose it has something to do with our past experiences and the vulnerability many of us feel in our personal relationships with the opposite sex. And we are ...
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    10 Ways to Make Next Week Better

    10 Ways to Make Next Week Better
    On one of the last episodes of “Seinfeld,” the main characters are stuck in traffic on a Sunday night. Galpal Elaine, who desperately wants to get home, wails, “All I know is that it's Sunday night, and I have got to unwind! Now, who's with me?” If perpetually single Elaine felt that way, you can imagine how the rest of us ...
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    Be the Star of Your Own Network

    Be the Star of Your Own Network
    How would you like to establish yourself as the hub of an expanding network? Organizing and hosting your own networking events is a smart way to accomplish this. Why should you host an event? First, you will take charge of meeting new people and expanding your network. Second, you establish yourself as a connector, creating a reason for people to want ...
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    Handshakes During Flu Season

    Handshakes During Flu Season
    With the flu season upon us as well as colds cropping up, people are wondering about the proper etiquette for shaking hands. This does pose a real problem. It’s funny that this question would be asked of me today, as I was just speaking on business etiquette in Raleigh, NC. We discussed the importance of the handshake as a good business ...
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    Admin Lessons from 2008's Worst Communication Blunders

    Admin Lessons from 2008's Worst Communication Blunders
    As you think back over your professional activities during 2008, you are likely to remember your most glaring communication blunders : •You sent an important, confidential e-mail to the wrong person •You didn’t change your voice mail out-of-the-office recording after your vacation •You didn’t silence your cell phone, and it rang during a staff meeting •You forgot to provide information you ...
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    Go Ahead and Write Something: Creating Stellar Articles

    Go Ahead and Write Something: Creating Stellar Articles
    This is one of those tricks of the networking trade that may not seem big, but boy, can it come in handy. If you have any writing skills - and yes, the good news is we all have some level of skill - you can get close to almost anyone by doing a piece on them or with them, even if ...
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    8 Ways to Mind Your Office Manners

    8 Ways to Mind Your Office Manners
    It seems like there’s one in every office … one person who engages in baffling, inexplicable, or sometimes downright rude behavior. There’s the woman who talks on her cell phone in the bathroom every day, the man who microwaves noxious leftover fish, or the girl who leaves her personal papers on the copier glass. Work is the place where we spend ...
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    Are We in the Budget?

    Are We in the Budget?
    A good question to ask your office manager or HR person would be, “Is there a budget for the administrative staff?” Here are some things that I have often wondered about, but was always afraid to ask: * -Is there a budget for education for the administrative staff? Some organizations have this in the employee benefit package. At some places I've ...
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    Be Green at Work

    Be Green at Work
    You don’t have to be a tree hugger or corner-office visionary to devote yourself to greening your workplace. Still, if you want to have maximum impact - by minimizing the impact of your office’s operations on the environment, that is - you’ve got to do more than just drop a few sheets of paper into the recycling bin every day. Here ...
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    10 Body Language Blunders

    It doesn't even matter what you say if your body is saying something else. And sometimes body language mistakes people don't even know they're making can hurt relationships at work or at home. To protect yourself and your career from a harmful communication breakdown, check out the following mistakes and be sure to avoid them. 1. A Closed Body Whether ...
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    The Best Business Travel Websites

    The Best Business Travel Websites
    The big travel sites are hustling for business travelers, but there are other good options. AccessFares.com sells discount first-class and business-class tickets for international destinations on most major airlines. Airlinequality.com offers extensive airline reviews and ratings. Low-cost-airline-guide.com searches fares on budget airlines in Britain and Europe. Kayak.com compares and displays prices from across the Web, often finding deals other travel sites ...
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    Forgot Your Password? Again?

    Forgot Your Password? Again?
    Forgetting your Windows password happens to everyone from time to time. Yes, even I forget it at times. People are always bombarded with computers asking them to change their passwords every so often. Then you have to try to remember all of these passwords! When does it ever end? Then you have the dreaded website passwords. These are endless, since many ...
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    How to Make a Quick, Easy Travel Planner

    How to Make a Quick, Easy Travel Planner
    Read original blog post Make a Quick & Simple Travel Planner. If you love to travel (or have to for work), I’d be willing to bet you also love to take photos and collect travel memorabilia, too. Is that you? But actually tackling the job of figuring out what to do with all these treasures once you get back home can ...
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