Category: Interpersonal Skills

Are you a Decathlete or Specialist at Work?

At work, do you do one thing really well or have you developed the ability to do many things with a high level of proficiency?

I look forward to watching the Olympics every four years – not only to watch the amazing athletes who have trained so hard to get to this point – but to also observe how the athletes manage the pressures and intensity of the competition. How they express “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. While locked in battle, how well do they work together and demonstrate respect?

This past week I was glued to the track contests and noticed the difference between what I would call the specialists (athletes who train solely in one sport) and the decathletes (who are required to master 10 different sports).

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3 things David Letterman taught us about graceful exits

I’ve watched David Letterman since the early days and while my attention to his show has waned in recent years, I’ve always appreciated his prickly, peculiar approach to late night. Yesterday evening watching his final show – the first show I’d watched in a long while – I was moved by his expression of gratitude to friends, family and staff. He did it right. He took a few moments and paid his respects.

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Professional Presence is just a Tweet Away

You are new to the organization. You are learning the ropes and trying to figure out the culture and the politics of the company you are now working for. You wonder how to fit in while standing out. You begin to find yourself in networking situations, company meetings and hallway conversations where it is important to be your authentic self while also demonstrating your professionalism.

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