Office Politics

Badmouth colleagues at your own peril

December 15, 2016
Q: A top executive here told me, “Don’t trust Jim. Everyone knows he’s a liar.” Jim is one of our senior executives. I would never trust Jim; I figured that out years ago! I’m more concerned that the executive felt a need to badmouth Jim, his peer. Am I wrong to think less of the guy who said this?

Smart ways to excel at small talk

March 16, 2016
To mingle with strangers, start by seeing yourself as a marvelous host. Your job: to bring others into an engaging conversation.

Avoid using the dreaded ‘TLDR’

September 21, 2014
When an employee sends a long email with many points, don’t respond with OK—or, God forefend, TLDR.

Do staffers welcome your questions?

September 20, 2014

When a technology manager at Goldman Sachs moved to HR, questioning her staff was suddenly labeled as “interrogating.” Why?

Should I ‘friend’ my employees?

April 9, 2013
Research has begun about social media in the workplace with mixed findings. For you, the question is: Should I “friend” my employees on Facebook?

Could they be lying to you?

November 8, 2010

That colleague looking into your eyes intently as he answers your questions may be telling you a fib. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, says to look for these common tip-offs that someone is lying:

Manage your allies strategically

May 14, 2010

You’ve either seen it or done it: You disagree with something during a meeting, but instead of speaking up, you sit there and stew. Maybe that’s because whenever an alternative point of view is raised, it gets batted down. There’s nothing wrong with disagreeing. Here are tips on managing your allies strategically, arguing professionally and making sure you have a safety net in place:

Leadership Tips: Vol. 210

February 12, 2010

Hold more productive, inspiring meetings by stealing a rule from Google’s playbook … Squeeze breathing room into your day by scheduling meetings for 50 minutes rather than 60 … Improve your team’s performance with this exercise … Use these seven words more often in 2010.