How To Master The Fine Art Of Small Talk

By Laura Vanderkam , from Fast Company – http://bit.ly/QgpKqR

Move beyond the weather to make small talk less painful and more productive. Here are five things that great conversationalists know.

Small talk gets a bad reputation. To avoid this allegedly meaningless drivel, people skip networking events.…

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7 Ways to Have a Great Day–Every Day

By Geoffrey James, from Inc.com – http://bit.ly/1jHzRhi

Being happy at work is the result of the everyday steps you take to get into a positive place and remain there. Here’s how.

I’ve written before about workplace happiness in terms of general rules like “don’t obsess about things.”…

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Your SEO Competition Isn’t Who You Think It Is

By Nathan Safran, from Search Engine Watch – http://bit.ly/1hRnjS6

Without knowing who your online competition really is, any competitive analysis will be misguided. You’ll be looking at the wrong competitors. The solution: be thorough about discovering your true online competition before diving into SEO tactics.…

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7 Tips for Giving Great Feedback

By Deborah Petersen, from Inc.com – http://bit.ly/Rtd1Sw

Practice, do it early, and always be interested.

Not all gifts come in neat packages, and this is definitely true of feedback. It is one of the more difficult tasks that business managers face, yet it is crucial for making workplace relationships more functional and people more productive, says Carole Robin, director of the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.…

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Now That You’ve Destroyed Your Reputation, Here’s How to Fix It

By Will Yakowicz, from Inc.com – http://bit.ly/1jokkSm

If you say or do something that offends your customers or the public, your efforts to save your company and your leadership position have to be authentic and fast.

The litany of executives, public figures, and politicians whose careers have unraveled because of a discriminatory statement, extramarital affair, crime, or even controversial personal beliefs, shows just how easy it is to fall.…

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Why This Company Is All About Play Time

By Suzanne Lucas, from Inc.com – http://bit.ly/1mdTtfZ

Business is a lot like a game in that there are both performance metrics and goals. This company took that simile to a whole new level.

Starting up isn’t all fun in games. Or is it?…

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