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Don’t want to commit to this committee

November 17, 2017
Q. I volunteered to serve on a committee to boost my visibility here. But I keep getting assigned time-consuming projects on top of my normal job. The projects aren’t very interesting, and it feels like the committee chair is just dumping chores on my lap. Should I quit this stupid committee?

It’s all like a symphony

November 14, 2017
Serial entrepreneur Rohit Mehrotra owns one of the fastest-growing tech services companies in America. Asked what wisdom he would share with future leaders, aside from a strong ethical compass, he said this.

An endzone dance poses a leadership conundrum

November 13, 2017
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Inventing the first computer

November 13, 2017
Before anyone had invented computers, two visionaries, John Mauchly and Presper Eckert, recognized their immense potential. They had to place a bet on the best way to get their imminent invention to market.

When speaking, take charge of your surroundings

November 10, 2017

As you mingle before delivering a speech, use that time to win over audience members. Help them form a positive first impression of you.

Do me a solid?

November 10, 2017
Your request for a favor should never assume that the request itself is a hassle. The way you ask is often the hassle.

CEO John Legere is telling it like it is

November 9, 2017

If you’re a business leader, keep an eye on @JohnLegere and other leaders who have chosen to risk backlash by speaking bluntly on social media and putting their faces and words front and center of the company’s public persona.

Good ideas to cope with bad people

November 9, 2017

Just as a virus spreads from its host, rudeness at work starts with one “carrier” who acts inappropriately. As co-workers react to a single nasty comment or incident, they are more likely to respond in kind.

Focus on positives to avoid excuses

November 9, 2017
Craig Ross was hired by a company to help its leaders innovate more effectively. Almost immediately, Ross detected a problem: The participants failed to connect well with each other.

Work around bad boss to forge alliances

November 9, 2017

Q. For years, I reported to the CEO. But the company brought in someone just below the CEO level, so now I report to this new manager who’s terrible. I rely on my new boss to get a sense of the CEO’s priorities, but after he comes out of meetings with the CEO, he’s vague about what’s next. Plus, he takes credit for my ideas. How would you handle this?

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