Secrets to Being a Great Idea Person

Have you ever been in a brainstorming meeting that wasn’t a waste of time? Chances are no if the goal was to hit upon something truly original and innovative.

“Often in a business setting, people are using best practices in brainstorming, and that’s a large part of the problem,” says Jennifer Mueller, associate professor of management at the University of San Diego School of Business and author of Creative Change: How We Resist It… How We Can Embrace It. “How can you choose something new when the criterion is what has been successful?” Read More

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Free Teleclass | What No One Tells You About Negotiating

Amy TraskWhat No One Tells You About Negotiating
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
1:00-1:30 pm

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The New Networking Roadmap: Building the Relationships You Need to Succeed | Podcast

Kelly HoeyClick Play below to listen. 

In this hyper-connected world, where everyone is posting, liking and friending fast and furiously, are you actually leveraging your connections successfully? In this 30-minute teleclass, networking expert J. Kelly Hoey will provide some of her innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—the genuine, long-lasting kind that is mutually beneficial. Master the social tools at your disposal, and never clutter your calendar with dead-end coffee dates and endless informational interviews again! Read More

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Free Teleclass | The New Networking Roadmap: Building the Relationships You Need to Succeed

Kelly HoeyThe New Networking Roadmap: Building the Relationships You Need to Succeed
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
1:00-1:30 pm

Eventbrite - The New Networking Roadmap: Building the Relationships You Need to Succeed (Free Teleclass w/ Kelly Hoey)

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Office Politics: When Bosses Behave Badly

Power may not always corrupt, but it sure can bring out the egomaniac in some managers. That’s what industrial and organizational psychologist Amy Cooper Hakim found while doing research to update her book (which was originally written by her grandmother), Working with Difficult People: Handling the Ten Types of Problem People Without Losing Your Mind.

Of the 10 kinds of bad bosses you might encounter (yes, there are that many!), she says that narcissists are quite common. “Someone who is cold-blooded and ego-driven as a boss was probably like that as a subordinate, but it didn’t affect her manager, or for that matter, her colleagues, the way it now affects her direct reports,” Hakim explains. “When used for good, power can achieve great things. But when used improperly by a narcissist, it leads to bullying, which spirals downward and hurts productivity and morale.” Read More

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Mastering Civility: The Easiest Way to Boost Your Career | Podcast

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From talking over others to not saying thank you, rudeness in the workplace can cut deeply and hijack focus. Even if people want to perform well, they can’t. Ultimately incivility hurts the bottom line. In this 30-minute teleclass, Christine Porath, professor of management at Georgetown University and author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace, will share why it pays to be civil and how you can enhance your influence and effectiveness just by being civil. Everyone who is a manager or aspires to be one must sit in on on this class!
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Free Teleclass | Mastering Civility: The Easiest Way to Boost Your Career

Mastering Civility: The Easiest Way to Boost Your Career
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00-1:30 pm

Eventbrite - Mastering Civility: The Easiest Way to Boost Your Career (Free Teleclass w/ Christine Porath)

*Meet Christine Porath at the Author Signing Power Hour at this year’s Opening Night on 12/6!

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Negotiation Tactics That You Should Drop

Leslie K. JohnBy Leslie K. John, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

Whether you’re negotiating the terms of a contract or the price of a used car, the ability to encourage the other side to be open and forthcoming is key. Yet making privacy or confidentiality assurances or speaking in an overly formal manner can complicate the interaction. In fact, prior research, including research conducted by my colleagues and I, has found that these efforts can backfire and make people more likely to lie and less likely to disclose information, both of which inhibit successful negotiation. Read More

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Finding the Connection: Meaningful Interaction at Home & Work | Podcast

Celeste HeadleeClick Play below to listen.

Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. Electronic devices are partly to blame, but the erosion of our conversational skills lies with each of us. The only way forward is to start talking to each other, says Celeste Headlee, TV and radio show host and author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter (out in September). In 30 minutes, Headlee discusses her simple strategies for having satisfying conversations online and in person, at home and at work. Read More

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Free Teleclass | Finding the Connection: Meaningful Interaction at Home & Work

Celeste HeadleeFinding the Connection: Meaningful Interaction at Home & Work
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
1:00-1:30 pm

Eventbrite - Finding the Connection: Meaningful Interaction at Home & Work (Free Teleclass with Celeste Headlee)

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