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    Office Best Friend? Dogs at Work...

    Sheba the pug isn't a lawyer, but she might as well be. The pugnacious pup is official mascot and greeter at Justia.com, a startup that creates Web sites for attorneys. Sheba licks visitors, barks her opinion on conference calls and tags along on sales calls. A true dog-commer, she even has her own blog, HugPug.com. Says proud papa CEO Tim Stanley, ...
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    Business Etiquette Abroad: Overview

    Business Etiquette Abroad: Overview
    This article first appeared on Monster"Etiquette would not seem to play an important part in business, and yet no man can ever tell when its knowledge may be of advantage, or its lack may turn the scale against him." - Emily Post, 1922 Although the face of business has changed drastically since 1922, when Emily Post wrote the words above, the ...
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    Meet Our Newest Writer: Etiquette Consultant Beth Taber

    Meet Our Newest Writer: Etiquette Consultant Beth Taber
    “There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.” - Anonymous When you hear the word “etiquette”, do you conjure up visions of stuffy, condescending characters behaving in antiquated ways, not particularly appropriate to the way you see life being lived today? Maybe your vision comes complete with a black and white movie set? I can ...
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    Top 5 Keys to Mixing Work and Romance

    Top 5 Keys to Mixing Work and Romance
    The experts can warn you until they're blue in the face: Beware of office romances. But there that special someone is: So cute, such chemistry, so nice -- this could be the love of your life, or at least the romance of your week. You don't want to just say no, but are you at grave risk of one day getting ...
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    Australia Etiquette Guide

    Australia Etiquette Guide
    It's "just like southern California - only a few thousand miles further away," says one unobservant Yank about his first trip to the land down under. Yes, US Americans are Yanks, and Australians are Aussies - it's OK to use those terms. But there is much that is uniquely Australian about this island continent. English is the language, but it's based ...
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    Holiday Card Help

    Holiday Card Help
    When Nevada Title Co. wanted to send a truly memorable holiday card to its clients, it sponsored a contest for the students of a local elementary school to design the card, says Patti Speer, an executive assistant with the Las Vegas-based firm. Speer addresses every card she sends by hand to ensure that recipients "feel really appreciated for their business," she ...
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    Don't Be Afraid to Ask About Differences

    Don't Be Afraid to Ask About Differences
    Diversity scares many people. They are too afraid to ask questions about differences, such as a person's culture or background. They may be worried about appearing nosy or patronizing, or are downright terrified of offending colleagues. Asking about differences is fine. In fact, it is an excellent way to learn about the diversity around you, to communicate respect for others and ...
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    Japanese Etiquette Guide

    Japanese Etiquette Guide
    Japan is a place of many rigid, often hard-to-understand customs. The norm is for men to work hard and for women, who often face workplace discrimination, to be deferential at all times. Both sexes are expected to bow - literally - to authority figures. And even though it's illegal, discrimination on the basis of ethnicity does exist here, particularly if you ...
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    Navigate Company Events - How to Have Fun When It's Not Strictly Social

    Navigate Company Events - How to Have Fun When It's Not Strictly Social
    Whether it's a formal office party your boss hosts or a casual barbecue at a coworker's house, a work-related social gathering isn't strictly social. The impression you make at the event will impact your job - for better or, potentially, for worse. "These [people] aren't your friends; they're your colleagues," stresses Marjorie Brody, founder of Brody Communications and author of Professional ...
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    German Etiquette Guide

    German Etiquette Guide
    Europe's economic powerhouse, the wonder of post-World War II reconstruction, a major contributor to both world culture and several world catastrophes over the last two centuries, Germany is an enigma that wants to be understood. Germans have been trying to explain themselves for most of their history, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. What it means to be German, who is German and ...
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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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    More Important Than the Holiday Party

    More Important Than the Holiday Party
    The number of companies holding holiday parties is at 20-year low, according to a recent survey from executive-search firm Battalia Winston. But whether you're simply canceling a party, holding a potluck instead, or moving forward with your company's tradition, it's the unexpected gestures that will help you retain and motivate your staff over the long run. Consider these three suggestions you ...
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    China Etiquette Guide

    China Etiquette Guide
    The great paradox of modern political reality: How can China, the world's largest communist nation, also be the world's largest consumer market? Easy: When it is also the society most experienced in manipulating symbols based on ancient traditions that emphasize integrating potentially conflicting opposites into a harmonized whole. Communicating in China, therefore, means employing symbols, reducing text and mastering implied meanings ...
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