Articles about How To

Templates

How leaders should write a ‘long-term vision’ email

When you write a “big idea” or long-term planning email, the danger is to write too much. If your employees open an email and are smacked right away with 14 giant paragraphs that scroll and scroll, they will recoil and dread the 30 minutes they need to spend sifting through your manifesto.

Personal Branding

If nice guys finish last, would it be better to be a bad guy?

Ah … The “Nice Guy” syndrome. There’s a common misconception out there that there are only two kinds of men. Nice guys and bad boys. But nothing could be further from the truth.

The Whole Human

The daily routine of 20 famous writers (and how you can use them to succeed)

Discover and uncover the best daily routines of some of the most famous writers that have ever existed. You will learn how you can develop and use these routines in your own life to make steady progress every day and consistently follow through on what you set out to do.

Productivity

The neuroscience of change: How to train your brain to create better habits

Habits are the brain’s internal drivers. If you want to change how you work or a bad habit, you should have a clear exit strategy to break out of the chain.

Communication

Is there a good way to say ‘no’ to your boss

I struggled with saying no to my boss and coworkers, until I started using these 5 approaches that allowed me to say “no” without sounding rude or lazy.

Productivity

How 5 brides stayed focused at work while wedding planning

While the path to the dream job and the dream person is quite similar, they start to become incompatible as you plan your wedding. Ask anyone who has balanced nuptial duties with a full-time gig and they’ll be quick to admit the stress of the period.

Office Life

3 ways to keep rejection from bringing you down at work

Whether your manager didn't like your idea in a big meeting, or you didn't get another position you applied for, dealing with rejection at work can be exceedingly difficult. Here's how to get better at it.

Communication

Bring the power of progress into your one-to-one meetings

As a leader, it’s up to you to help connect the dots between team members’ wins and the value their work provides to your company and customers. In the process, not only will your team members experience satisfaction, their output will improve as well. And that’s progress everyone can feel good about.

Office Life

3 crucial skills for leading without authority

In contrast to control-minded leaders of the past, today’s most effective leaders are exercising a different kind of power. This new style of leadership is a blending of personal and interpersonal skills that form the basis of a leader’s ability to impact, influence, and inspire others. Here are three of those skills:

Office Life

4 ways to enjoy the first day of summer – even if you’re not on vacation

If your weather has been anything like ours in New York City lately, you know that summer is well on its way: In fact, the first day of summer is this week. As nice as it would be to have off that day, here's how to enjoy it — even if you're not relaxing at the beach on vacation somewhere.

Office Life

How to handle a manager who doesn’t care if you sink or swim

Having a manager who doesn't seem to care how you perform or give you the resources to do well can be tricky, but certain strategies can help you cope at work.

Office Life

How to get along with all different kinds of people at work

No matter your personal backgrounds, you’re all on the same team in your professional lives and should want to see each other succeed.

Job search

Common cover letter mistakes new job seekers make

Like a resume, a cover letter is a single page that can make or break your chances of landing a job. In an effort to get hired fast, new job seekers might rush through the process of writing and submitting their application materials, and often make some common cover letter mistakes.

Travel

Doing this simple task on the plane will lessen your flying anxiety

Nearly 1 in 3 adult Americans is either anxious about flying (18.1%) or afraid to fly (12.6%.) I am both and yet I still do it frequently even though it pains me (and embarrasses me in front of countless strangers.) So any time there is a hack or a tip on how to lessen your flight anxiety (so I can clutch the arm rests just a little less) my ears perk up.

job search

This is how you can tell when someone is lying on their resume

Ladders talked with Amanda Augustine, career advice expert for TopResume, to try to understand the motivation behind embellishing on your resume and how you can tell when someone is.

Office Life

8 ways to work with (not against) your boss’ source of energy

One of best things you can do to work well with your boss is to understand whether she is an introvert or an extrovert and then adapt your communication and interaction style accordingly.

Work-Life Balance

Forget early retirement – people who saved enough say a ‘mini retirement’ is just as rewarding

Early retirement isn't always feasible for some people. Instead of an early retirement or end-of-career retirement, they opt for a mini-retirement, a series of meaningful respites away from their job.

Office Life

How to encourage positive collaboration on team projects

Team projects at work can be hard enough, but how you act can have a big impact. Here's what you can do to help things run smoothly.

The Whole Human

How to design a lucky life for yourself

None of this is foolproof, and there’s no real way to completely eliminate the role of chance in our lives. The best we can do is take bits and pieces of tried and tested ideas to better make sense of things and to better influence the end outcome.

Communication

6 ways to prepare for a networking event when you’re a bit rusty

It really pays to go to major networking events — they can help you stay relevant and meet new people. But it can be difficult to get all your ducks in a row if it's been a while. Here are six things to keep in mind.

Meetings

How to keep your cool when someone threatens you at a meeting

Have you ever been in a high stakes meeting or in a conversation where someone challenges your position and you immediately start to feel the world closing in on you? Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl describes that moment this way: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

Productivity

How being a perfectionist really is your biggest weakness

If we dig a little deeper, it becomes clear perfectionism is a weakness if you’re truly obsessed with every detail of everything you do. So, let’s dig in — here are four ways perfectionism works against you in the office, and one big way to make it work for you.

Personal Finance

How to answer the salary expectation question in online job applications

What are your salary expectations? This is the minefield every job seeker must navigate carefully. But what if you are at the beginning of your job hunt and are asked while filling out a job application on a website?

Productivity

How to tie up all loose ends on that project you’re working on

Sometimes, it’s just as difficult to start a project as it is to finish it. But it's not impossible —  here's how to tie up all the loose ends.

Communication

How to create a funny – and appropriate – Out of Office email response

But before you copy/paste your traditional message, career experts challenge professionals to be a tad more creative with your OOO. Try these tips on matching your excitement for your getaway with your email the next time you head off on an adventure.