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Resolving Personality Conflicts at Work

Resolving Personality Conflicts

Photo: Unsplash Sooner or later, everyone has interpersonal conflicts with colleagues. Such rifts can drag on for years. With the right technique, most can be resolved quickly. Understand The Cause Sometimes it’s clear why a person doesn’t like you or why you don’t like him/her. Perhaps you said or did something the other person objected to—or vice versa. If you have no idea why someone dislikes you, the animosity probably has more to do with him that with you. Some possible causes are: He thinks you dislike him. It doesn’t take much for a person with low self-esteem to jump to this conclusion. In his mind, his dislike is simply…

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How To Succeed In Business Without Working So Damn Hard

Succeed In Business

Photo: Pexels Face it, you work much harder than you need you. Chances are you’ve had this conversation with yourself. The average workweek is over 60 hours and it is getting longer, not shorter. Remember back in the 80s when it was predicted that the average workweek would be less than 30 hours in the next 20 years? As if. Did you know there are some professions, especially in the tech sector, employees are expected to put in 100+ hour weeks? Even interns. This marathon approach to working creates a lot of stress and limit the quality of life. It also hinders performance, productivity, and creativity. Working a lot harder,…

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How to Negotiate Without Giving In

How to Negotiate Without Giving In

Everyone negotiates at some level every day. You negotiate with your spouse about where to go for dinner or what movie to see, with your boss about salary. Yet standard negotiation strategies often leave people dissatisfied, worn out and alienated. A better way to deal with differences is called “principled negotiation.” How it works: Listen actively. Frequently, negotiators talk, but not to each other. Instead, they talk merely to impress third parties or their own constituency. Example: Following World War II, negotiations over the city of Trieste involving large delegations from Yugoslavia, Britain and the US stalled until representatives abandoned their large delegations and began meeting alone and informally in…

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THE Action Plan To Boost Performance Under Pressure

The ability to perform well under pressure is crucial to career success—so crucial that General Motors, Lucent Technologies, and other corporations use the test I developed to predict how potential hires will do under challenging circumstances. Follow these steps to stop stress from sabotaging your life and career. Take a Stress Test Stress is a constant today. Rapid technological change and globalization are making jobs increasingly complex. We can’t escape workplace stress, but we can identify episodes when it has gotten the better of us. Stress overload often leads to one of these mistakes. The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory test comprises 144 questions and is widely used to…

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Climote enters partnership with Electric Ireland

Climote enters partnership with Electric Ireland

Irish home energy management company Climote has signed a contract with Electric Ireland, estimated to be worth €800,000, that will see the retail arm of ESB, offer Climote technology to its customers. Climote said this is the first of a number of new contracts that is hoping to secure in the coming months and will set it on the way to secure lucrative contracts with energy providers across the UK. The company has developed a remote control device that allows consumers to control their home heating system via their phone or computer. “Based on over 10 years of research and development, the Climote system enables consumers to manage their heating systems and effectively…

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Project Manager Roles Most in Demand in IT Sector – IT Alliance

Height Adjustable Desks in the Office

Updated: January 17, 2018 Height Adjustable Desks in the Office The traditional “office desk” as shown in the picture above may be a thing of the past. With the increase in health problems amongst office workers, the stand-up adjustable desk is taking off in popularity and is now even being “prescribed” by some doctors. It is no longer considered a “fad.” Experts seem to disagree on the best advice for height adjustable desks.  However, all experts agree that sitting at a desk for more than six hours a day is slowly killing you. That is not a very pleasant thought. Along with the changes in office furniture, growth in cloud computing is fuelling demand for all…

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What The Disney Buyout of 21st Century Fox Means

Scrooge McDuck Mr. Burns

  Scrooge McDuck Becomes Mr. Burns Boss The pivotal question with the news of the massive $52.4 billion in stock buyout of 21st Century Fox by Disney is “Why would Disney do this?” The answer is simple. The entertainment industry continues to evolve and Disney had its eye on the market share Fox was able to control with their original brand of entertainment. One of the main components of the deal is Sky , a pan-European satellite broadcasting company. Sky is an on-demand internet streaming media, broadband and telephone services company that is headquartered in London. In 2015, they reported over 30,000 employees and a subscriber base of more than 21…

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Small Business Saturday Economic Impact

Union Square in Hickory NC

How Did “Small Business Saturday” Fare in Small Towns? Amercian Express sponsored this year’s “ Small Business Saturday .” The event has received the largest “awareness campaign” this year. The results? They are just coming in this morning. According to JJ Ramberg, contributing editor for MSNBC, over 108 million people shopped in their local communities on Saturday. However, sales figures have not been disclosed yet. The push has been to support small business in the wake of the changing economy. This shift has put a lot of local companies out of business over the past decade. For example, Barnes and Noble put the small bookstore out of business and then Amazon put Barnes and Noble…

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Black Monday – 30 Years Later, What Have We Learned?

The Stock Market Black Monday

There was one word that best described Oct. 19, 1987: “Panic.” It was real money. It was a real fear. It was real panic. What shocked financial analysts is how it happened. On that autumn morning, stocks were up 15% for the year, and the forecast looked bright. In just one day, the DOW dropped more than 500 points, nearly 23% and global markets followed the crash sending the world into a financial tailspin. There was pushing, shoving, screaming, profane words, rage, and how there wasn’t an all-out brawl is shocking, to say the least. Orders were coming through faster than they could be handled. Phones were ringing off the hook, and…

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Equifax CEO Richard Smith Gets Grilled by Warren

Equifax CEO Richard Smith Gets Grilled by Warren

There is a major issue in the way corporations are allowed to do business after a serious breach in security. Equifax positioned themselves to give “free credit monitoring” to those affected by their data breach, but for only one year. Senator Elizabeth Warren pointed out in questioning that if just one million of the seven million people who registered for the free credit monitoring stayed on for just one more year, Equifax would earn over $200 million. LifeLock has seen its paid monitoring soar by 10x since the Equifax breach. And who does LifeLock purchase their credit monitoring services through? Equifax. You can’t make this stuff up.

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