The way we interact with each other has a tremendous impact on the relationships we have with our colleagues, our superiors and the people we serve. Workplace consultant (and our work and career guy) Brandon Smith explains how asking a few questions when you’re with those people can make a lasting impression.
A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Managerial Psychology reported that workplace bullying is prevalent. What’s worse, those bullies get ahead in the office and their careers: They get good performance reviews and achieve high levels of career success. Brandon Smith explains why and how to deal with a workplace bully.
For many people, the daily grind at work eventually becomes just that: a grind. Sometimes that means it’s time to look for greener pastures. But it can also mean it’s time to work on recapturing the spark of excitement and drive from the early days at the job. Brandon Smith says you can regain that energy by making a plan and looking at other opportunities within your company.
With committed, motivated employees who know what needs to be done and how, some organizations are foregoing bosses altogether. Our workplace expert Brandon Smith says it can be more efficient and natural leaders will emerge. But it’s not for everyone.
Saying “I’m sorry” is hard, no matter the setting. At work, it can be even more challenging. Brandon Smith explains the two-step process for repairing the damage when you mess up and how that differs for your boss, your co-workers and your customers.
Most of us don't want to stay in our current job forever. Moving up the chain of command likely means you'll be overseeing some of the people who used to be your peers, however. Brandon Smith talks about navigating this transition.
A good meeting. Is there such a thing? They’re so often dysfunctional, long, meandering. Almost everyone hates having them. Brandon Smith says the key to a good meeting is to solve some common meeting screw-ups.
Often, the people around us and our managers see the work we’ve done before and figure that’s what we know. They miss our “potential” – all the things we could accomplish for the organization. Brandon Smith says helping others see that potential really comes down to marketing.
Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has taken some shots over decisions she’s made in her first year on the job. Is Mayer facing extra scrutiny because she’s a woman in a powerful leadership role? Our workplace expert, Brandon Smith, explains what he often sees happen to women in leadership roles and how best to handle it.
You ever get into an argument at work? Conflict is natural. We’re human after all. But there are some quick ways you can calm things down and turn the fight into a productive conversation. Brandon Smith has some quick ways to turn down the heat on work fights.