Filler up!

We all use filler words, or vocal disfluencies, in our daily speech. The junk food of the applied linguistics world, they come off as sloppy and faltering. We should try to banish them, especially from our professional speech as much as possible. Right? Well, not necessarily.

Mission statements: Beware empty promises and hollow platitudes

See if you can tell what the problem is with these well-known mission statements.

How to lead older employees

While generational tension is certainly not uncommon in the professional world, it’s not an insurmountable issue. In fact, it can be a leverageable asset. Here are some things to keep in mind when leading your elders.

Their last job isn’t the true picture

Recruiting and retention expert Mel Kleiman of Humetrics says that we make a mistake conducting job interviews when we immediately fall back on asking about the applicant’s current job or their last one.

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An executive retreat can easily be held on site, as long as the atmosphere is changed in some way to accentuate the casual. Set no hard agendas and have food brought in throughout the day while insisting on a no-cellphones, no-interruptions policy. Break things up with games or unusual team-building exercises, and above all, dress down, putting the emphasis on minds, ideas and camaraderie rather than job titles and image-boosting.

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Q. I’ve been watching my boss botch move after move for a few years now, and it’s tough not to get swept up in the talk at work about his errors. I’d like to play devil’s advocate, but what argument can I make in defense of such a poor leader?