Colleagues can be the blessing or the bane of work life. Sometimes you find your best buddies sitting nearby, making life in the office a breeze and enhancing your social life outside of work, too. But like family, you can’t choose your team (unless you’re the boss!)—and sometimes you’re stuck with duds or difficult co-workers.…Read more
Picture this: your desk is spotless, organized, and the very definition of pristine. Clear spaces equal clear minds—but when you step into your boss’s office, there’s nothing but disarray and clutter. Even worse, it’s displayed for all the company to see.
A room full of loud voices and a free-for-all format is perfect for Office Ninjas who’re comfortable jumping in at a moment’s notice. But give those same criteria to an introvert and call it a meeting and it may only evoke fear or a bit of nausea. When you think about it, meetings do sort of…Read more
As an Office Ninja, you receive hundreds of emails every week, participate in conference calls, meetings, online classes—the list goes on. In our fast-paced, multitasking business world, getting to the point clearly and quickly matters more than ever. …Read more
Electronic communications make a lot of things easier, but saying no through email can still be a tough code to crack.
Email is the bread and butter of Ninja communication (with texting, Slack channels, instant messaging being the four-course dinner). Whether you’re writing to the team, a vendor, client, customer, or boss, your electronic communications need to be pitch perfect at all times. However, written communication can be difficult to master. It’s open to a lot…Read more
Trust. It’s important, isn’t it? And like most important things, it doesn’t come easy. More often than not, building trust with other people involves thought, consideration, and elbow grease—not just a great first impression. Richard Barrett, Chairman and Founder of Barrett Values Centre, shares a figure that goes beyond one or even two core qualities…Read more
Lunch hour small talk turned into a heated debate on Trump vs. Hillary and the tension only escalated from there. Then, you hit “reply all” instead of privately forwarding your less-than-professional reaction to an office buddy. Talk about a pickle. Would it just be easier to avoid addressing awkward comments? Yes. Will that lead to…Read more
It’s Monday morning and you’ve missed the 8:30 calibration meeting. Unfortunately, “the dog ate my homework” doesn’t fly after age five, but you need to save face. However, there’s a big difference between an explanation and an excuse—and figuring out the difference can be a career-changer.
Communication. It’s crucial—but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. We communicate all day, every day—email, text, talk. But are we doing so effectively? Possibly not. Effective and successful communication takes a fair amount of thought, consideration, and elbow grease. And there are a few common mistakes that are all too easy to make. In fact, they’re…Read more