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How To Say 'No'

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 10:06am

One of the biggest hurdles to work/life balance is the inability to set proper boundaries. Simply put, it is our inability to tell others “no” that is often the culprit behind our unbalanced and out of control lives. To...

(Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/lokner/4164251472/>Michael Lokner via Flickr</a>.)

WORKING: Introverted Leaders

Joshua Stewart - Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 11:36am

Quiet. Shy. Timid. Reserved. All could be terms you’ve heard to describe someone who’s just introverted – in other words, they get energy from small groups or being alone instead of from interacting with others. On its...

Building 99 on Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., campus. (Photo Courtesy of Microsoft.)

WORKING: Stack Rankings

Joshua Stewart - Friday, July 27, 2012 - 5:12am

A “stack ranking” employee evaluation system forces managers to pick a few high achievers, a bunch of average workers, and a few shape-up-or-ship-out employees every year. That last category of folks are told to improve...

(Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/lokner/4164251472/>Michael Lokner via Flickr</a>.)

WORKING: A New Boss

Joshua Stewart - Friday, August 3, 2012 - 6:10am

I’ve talked before with our workplace guru Brandon Smith about how to find a new job and then how to gracefully exit your current workplace. But what about when your boss is the one who’s leaving, you’re now faced with...

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Prescription - How To Get Work/Life Balance

Brandon Smith - Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 7:33am

Work/life balance is one of those elusive mysteries that we seem to constantly be chasing regardless of our particular season of life. And like unicorns, leprechauns and mermaids, there are legends of those who have...

(Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/timpatterson/476098132/>Tim Patterson via Flickr</a>.)

WORKING: Emotions On The Job

Joshua Stewart - Friday, August 10, 2012 - 5:08am

Emotions are a big part of who we are and a big part of our lives. Except at work. On the job, most of us feel like we have to turn off our emotions. And when they do slip out, boy do things get awkward and...

'How Do I Get Others To Change?'

Brandon Smith - Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 8:51am

Are you facing one of the most challenging tasks in the history of mankind – to get other people to change? Whether you need to get your employees, your colleagues, your client or your family members to change, getting...

(Photo by Joshua Stewart.)

WORKING: Underemployment

Joshua Stewart - Friday, August 17, 2012 - 3:17am

Consider this: 16.4 percent of Georgians were underemployed between the third quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2012. The U.S. Labor Department computes that rolling average every quarter, along with other...

(Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewgriff/3125792049/>Matthew Griffiths via Flickr</a>.)

Getting Others To Change: Start With A Compelling 'Why'

Brandon Smith - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 6:59am

Getting others to change is no easy task. Whether we are talking about one person or a whole organization, if we want to increase the probability of successful change we have to start the right way. John Kotter, a...

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WORKING: Can You Pick Up My Kids?

Joshua Stewart - Friday, August 24, 2012 - 6:41am

You’ve probably dealt with a few unreasonable requests from bosses over the years. I’d guess most were related to your job. But have you ever been asked to go pick up your boss’s children? And would you, if asked? That...

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