Why there are no ‘useless’ meetings

Let’s just wait one second here before we start our daily bashing of supposedly time-wasting meetings, shall we? Consider these advantages of even the ones that feel so very sloggy and pointless.

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Clara Burns, partner at Kemp Smith LLP, points out that the institutional knowledge and experience that older workers possess—skills honed in the rough arena of cold business reality—are invaluable. She reveals how to give these employees what they really want, while making sure they still give you their all.

5 steps to define a personal brand

To help define and develop a personal brand, employees should follow five steps.

6 keys to cultivate a resilient team

Here are six hallmarks of a resilient team that understands how to manage stress, solve problems and bounce back from adversity.

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Today's Leadership Tip

By putting up a humor board, where anyone can post cartoons, jokes, or funny pictures, you'll remind everyone in the office that there's a place for levity. Just remember to give it a prominent spot—preferably close to the office entrance, or the kitchen, so it's one of the first things people notice each day.

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Q. Our company is liberal with sending its people to various conferences around the country. They all come back seemingly rejuvenated and flush with new ideas. Some of it is useful; most of it is not. What can I do to ensure that these costly training trips don’t turn into junkets?

These days, every workplace is an open book to the world. Social media and websites like Glassdoor allow people to instantly know which organizations are great places to work - and which should be avoided at all costs. How would your workplace rank? Could you benefit from a serious "culture adjustment" to improve recruitment? Watch the video now.

Everyone seems to be seeking work/life balance. And no one seems to desire this more than leaders, managers and supervisors. I doubt there is a person who reads these words that hasn’t or doesn’t struggle with this issue. I’ve been asked about this (a lot) over the years, made some mistakes, learned some things and thought about it (a lot) too. Here is what I have learned, and what I believe to be true …

Question:  “I can’t stand my new co-worker, even though she seemed nice at first.  After only a few months, this woman is already trying to take over.  She constantly sucks up to our boss, so now he listens to her instead of me.  Whenever I talk about my personal life, she becomes very critical and starts telling me what to do...