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  • What others are wearing matters

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    It’s not all about you. There is a consulting adage that you should dress as well as your most senior client. In organisations they suggest you wear the clothes for the job you plan to have next. It matters what others are wearing. In advertising or IT for example, there’s more cachet in no ties for […]

  • You need time!

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    Politically astute people put their time where it matters most. And if they don’t have enough time, they choose the right things to keep and the right things to delegate or drop. You need to ensure that you are doing the things that make your boss or clients more likely to see you as a […]

  • Get some time

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    The most precious commodity in organizational life right now is Time. If you’ve got it you can make things happen. If you haven’t you’re scuttling around and feeling ineffective. So to get ahead you need one thing: Time. Time will buy you the ability to get attention, resources, and more time. So Delegate Read the […]

  • Keep your own performance file

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    Your work achievements lay the foundation for your advance. So make a performance file on yourself. No one else will do it. Take the time to add the special or business-as-usual projects you undertake. Even note the times you smoothed the waters through good communication, when you helped a colleague get back on track, or […]

  • You’re responsible for your own professional development

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    People who get ahead ensure they get the skills and develop the networks they need. Sometimes work will pay. Sometimes work won’t. In the end, you are responsible for your own professional development. Read, watch YouTube videos, enroll in a study program, a public course, or a postgrad degree. At your own expense if you […]

  • Stop the will

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    Listening to complaining literally damages people’s brains. It takes away neurons from the hippocampus. Not only that, it drives people away from the complainer. Listening to it is just an unpleasant social experience. That is the opposite of a politically smart move. So don’t do it. Instead, take some responsibility and offer practical, proactive solutions. […]

  • Stop the whining

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    Listening to complaining literally damages people’s brains. It takes away neurons from the hippocampus. Not only that, it drives people away from the complainer. Listening to it is just an unpleasant social experience. That is the opposite of a politically smart move. So don’t do it. Instead, take some responsibility and offer practical, proactive solutions. […]

  • Don’t be a zombie

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    Maybe you can do your job on your ear. Phoning in your job, never going out of your way to help those around you, and never showing any enthusiasm. That’s an office zombie. Whatever your job is, don’t let it make you a zombie. And don’t run away from it by using your work time […]

  • Say Good Morning

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    Some of us can be a bit too task-oriented in a world where a lot of people focus on maintaining relationships. If you’re one of the task-focused people, put it on your to-do list to say good morning to every person, every morning. You’ll be surprised how relationship-oriented people will brighten when you acknowledge and […]

  • Laugh

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    People want to be around people who make them feel good. What does that mean in business? Laugh! Laughter relaxes the whole body, boosts the immune system, triggers the release of feel-good endorphins and protects the heart. It’s that easy. Those with political acumen laugh with people, not at them. Check your environment before telling […]