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July 2012

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

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Do you really know yourself? If you take a minute to answer this question, you might be surprised.

“Being self-aware is a little like keeping a running inventory in your mind. Sure you need to know who you are as a whole person, but you also want to be aware of your strengths, weaknesses, and habits. You’ll also want to know what you like and what you dislike, and what does and what doesn’t motivate you. Your core values, those unwritten rules you live your life by, also need to be a part of your self-awareness inventory.

Above all, being self-aware means that you are able to live your life with self-confidence. You know who you are, what you want out of life and what you believe in. Because of this you’re able to live life to the fullest each and every moment.”

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10 Tips To Cope With Negative Emotions at Work

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What can you do when a situation at work causes your temper to flare? How do you blow off steam without alienating  customers, employees, partners or a boss?

It’s a fact of life – if you want to succeed in business, you need to know how to interact and communicate effectively with your employees, business partners, vendors, prospects, and customers. As a small business owner, this might involve rapid shifting from one type of language to another. For example, how you’d explain your expectations to your employees might be different than how you’d convey these to your business partner or potential client.

Have you ever felt like this? Here are 10 tips on how to live a well balanced life. Try these tips and see for yourself!

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Your First Line of Defense Against Workplace Bullying When Recruiting

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The recent reports of a 68-year old school bus monitor being bullied by students simply for doing her job has sparked international outrage against bullying and has renewed concerns about workplace bullying. Workplace bullying threatens worker safety by increasing stress and the related increased probability of dangerous mistakes, not to mention the threat of workplace violence. But what can your recruiting methods do to decrease the threat of workplace bullying?

Could this scenario have been prevented? If you are wondering what you can do to prevent workplace bullying as a recruiter, take a look at these tips. There are plenty of questions you can ask to gauge the potential employee. Some of these questions may seem too blunt, but it gets the message across to the potential employee.

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Financial Impacts Of Workplace Bullying

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Not only are the workers affected from workplace bullying, but it has come to light  that organizations are suffering financial costs in order to deal with work place bullying.

The Bottom Line

“Even though it may be difficult to tabulate the exact costs that an employer faces when a bully is operating within the organization, there is little doubt that there are financial impacts. Despite this dismal fact, some researchers suggest that workplace bullying may actually be on the rise.”

Organizations need to realize the costs of work place bullying and take a firm stance on the issue in order to create changes to benefit employees as well as themselves.

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10 Tips for Tackling the Toughest Workplace Conflicts

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Workplace conflicts are bound to happen in any office environment. When dealing with conflicts at work, you must consider stepping in the shoes of the opposing party and understand where they are coming from as well. The best thing is to listen to each party, then try to find a solution.

“Each employee possesses a unique set of attitudes, ideals, and  beliefs that may differ from that of their co-workers. Sometimes, these  personal differences can lead to conflicts in the office. Here are 10  tips for resolving workplace disputes.”

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Win at Life by Ditching That Negative Attitude

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Negative attitude can be a major crutch in life as well as the workplace. Claire Brownell describes her journey into happiness and gives readers a look into how to achieve a positive state of mind.

“Happiness research has found constantly thinking about whether you’re happy  makes you less happy. Yet books and blogs like Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness  Project, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, are about exactly that – chronicling  every step taken to achieve maximum happiness in minute detail.”

There are multiple factors which lead to happiness at the workplace and ultimately in life, but for each person the first step is to get rid of negative attitude.

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Police: Woman Killed in Arkansas Workplace Shooting

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Bullying can be extremely harmful if neglected. In this case we see how workplace bullying went too far and a woman in Arkansas reaches her limit.

“Foots-Wilson’s husband, meanwhile, said the company didn’t handle the situation between the two women well.

They had an employee that was bullying my wife and things just got out of hand, he said.”

It is difficult for companies to deal with workplace bullying and at times when nothing is done to alleviate the bullying things get out of control, as seen by the workplace shooting reported in Arkansas.

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Bullying Banned at Work – Hennepin County

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The Hennepin County Board, in Minnesota, on Tuesday added a new workplace bullying policy to prevent barring discrimination and harassment among its employees. Now, bullying is banned at work.

“Those examples include behaving in an “offensive” way, preventing work from getting done, trumpeting a real or perceived power imbalance, spreading rumors and “derogatory remarks” and excluding or isolating people.”

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What We Say Without Words

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Check this slide show out! It’s interesting to see just how much we can communicate by just using our body language.

“Former FBI Agent Joe Navarro describes how our torsos, hands, feet and legs frequently communicate emotions that are not put into words.”

MY FAVORITE PARTS:

NO NO’S

“Crossed arms: Suddenly crossing arms tightly is a sign of discomfort”

“Neck touching: Indicates emotional discomfort, doubt or insecurity”

“Jiggling/kicking foot: Indicates discomfort”

YES YES’

“Fingertips spread apart on a surface: A display of confidence and authority”

“Arms akimbo (hands on your hips): Establishes dominance or communicates there are ‘issues”

“Steepling (fingertip to fingertip): A powerful display of confidence”

Give it a try…

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“Ver llegar”

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“Ver llegar”

A Spanish matadors’ phrase for dealing with the beast. A bull.

A large terrifying animal, yet really terrified himself. Though he appears angry he fights for his life. And matadors must use great concentration and calmness to overcome the wrath of this large beast.

Hemingway describes the phrase in Death in the Afternoon: “the ability to watch the bull come as he charges with no thought except to calmly see what he is doing and make the moves necessary to the maneuver you have in mind. To calmly watch the bull come is the most necessary and primarily difficult thing in bullfighting.”

As your bully comes charging toward you, nostrils puffing and snorting, watch the charge calmly, with no expression. Observe as the bully rushes toward you. Observe the beast as it’s aggression pushes out like a tea kettle’s steam pushing though the spout at full speed, desperately aching to exit.

And as you permit, then, the noise shall bounce off the walls around you.