Category: Workplace Communication

I Think I Said Something Wrong

A while back, I was at a social event with a group of friends. As I was leaving, one of them, a colleague and friend I have known more than 10 years, made a painful ethnic comment to me. I knew he meant nothing by it and I winced –

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Personal Blogging & Public Transparency

We’ve been hearing stories of bloggers who have lost their jobs for writing entries that their employers decided were inappropriate. Had these people been diarists rather than bloggers, it wouldn’t even come up, but blogs are out there for everyone to see. I suspect blog entries will continue to create

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Fighting Workplace Spam – Our Own

They pop in your mailbox. You get more of them a day than you can absorb and remember. They don’t communicate much of value or interest – but they are there and impact your effectiveness. Like it or not, you have to read and respond to them or consciously ignore

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The Final Four Verdict — Rutgers Fouls Out

When the Final Four landed in Atlanta this year, I got a chance to experience the Tournament’s excitement up close with my cousin Michael and his son Dan who came to town to sell team souvenirs and network. They introduced me to their friends – coaches, former players, and devoted

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Does Stealing Attention Violate Your Code of Conduct?

Codes of conduct cover just about everything – what you can say and can’t; what gifts are acceptable and aren’t; relationships that are proper and those that cross the line.  They span a wide swath of legal and operational territory. So let me suggest one more rule to prevent workplace

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Time to Talk Politics at Work

The leaves haven’t turned and Georgia mornings start warm without a chill. Yet, I know it’s fall. I’m re checking online blogs, and getting a flood of emails and texts. My Facebook pages are jammed with polls and predictions. There are cable shows with highlights, commentators and human interest stories

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New Rules of Gravity for Today's Leaders

A while back, I met with the CEO of a nationally known firm; he’d started his business more than 20 years ago and built it to an industry leader.  He’s a visionary, inspirational and unique.  But his outstanding strengths are paired with what may be a fatal flaw.  His temper

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All This Technology is Harming Communication

Despite having more ways than ever to communicate, it does not appear that our understanding of one another’s meaning is improving. Actually, I believe it’s getting worse. I’m not the first to write that all these new technologies, great as they are, are also wreaking workplace and social havoc. I

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