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Dan Rust on the Ross Kaminsky Show

Dan Rust on the Ross Kaminsky Show

Dan Rust on Denver’s KHOW-AM radio with Ross Kaminsky talking about”Workplace Poker” and why people struggle with self-promotion at work. How can you “toot your own horn” without being perceived as a blowhard braggart?

Ross Kaminsky is the host of the Ross Kaminsky Show, heard every weekday morning on KHOW-AM in Denver, and a columnist and blogger for The American Spectator. Mr. Kaminsky is also a regular donor to other free-market and libertarian organizations including Reason, the Cato Institute, and the Independence Institute.

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Jordana Green Show Interview

Jordana Green Show Interview

Jordana Green hosts a radio show on WCCO 830 AM (Minneapolis) weeknights from 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. CST. On this show segments below she interviews Dan Rust about his book Workplace Poker, and offers her own insight into the modern work environment. They discuss self-promotion strategies, how to effectively “toot your own horn” without being perceived as a blowhard.

They also discuss the importance of personal charm and charisma in career advancement, and whether or not someone can actually learn to be more charming. Dan shares stories of several “charm-challenged” individuals who were able to develop greater effectiveness in this area. It took time and significant effort, but eventually these overly-serious grumpy folks were able to become quite pleasant and indeed, charming.

The total interview (parts 1 and 2 below) lasts about 30 minutes.

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The Survivors Club

The Survivors Club

Most unemployed people read books on resume writing, job search strategies, interviewing skills, etc. There is another book that should be on their reading list, even though it has absolutely nothing to do with the job search process.

Did you ever wondered why some people survive and others don’t? Why some stay calm and collected and others become highly stressed and unravel? How could some bounce back from adversity, while others collapse and surrender? Read more

The Ideal Work Schedule: Circadian Rhythms

The Ideal Work Schedule: Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — and hardwired — ebb and flow in our ability to feel alert or sleepy has important implications for you and your employees. Read more

Playing the Office Politics Game (to Win)

Playing the Office Politics Game (to Win)

Office politics matter. If you think you can succeed at work without getting political, you need to wake up. Politicking happens whether you like it or not, so you might as well learn the right buttons to push to influence others more effectively.

Working life sucks. Let’s be honest here. Bad stuff can happen to good people. Bright, smart, hard-working souls who try to do a good job often end up getting walked over, trodden on, beaten down. And arrogant, nasty, vindictive types often seem to have a fast-track ticket that allows them to rise straight to the top. But you didn’t need me to tell you that. I bet you can think of a dozen instances where you have seen precisely that happen.

But why does it go on in the first place? Read more

Office Politics – to Play, or not to Play?

It is easy to take perverse pride in a refusal to “play politics” in the office and/or a determination to not fit in to the corporate culture. The typical corporate culture can be pretty stifling and fitting in can mean denying our own unique perspectives and personalities. But rather than stick your head in the sand and simply opt out (which can either put your career at risk, or diminish your potential growth trajectory) wouldn’t it make more sense to find a way to play the game and stay true to yourself?

The term “office politics” refers to the human dynamics within a business culture characterized by both cooperative and competitive pressures, struggles for recognition and power, tribal alliances and individual goals. Most human relationships involve some kind of back-and-forth play for power, influence and recognition. We negotiate with each other every day for assignments, resources, recognition, accountability, etc. In any business environment where people with conflicting goals have to get along and careers are at stake, politics will thrive. Read more

Don’t Dismiss Office Politics – Teach It

An inability or unwillingness to “play the game” of office politics is viewed by some as an issues of values. They are going to succeed because of job performance alone. Some see it as proof of their integrity. They wear their refusal as a badge of honor. It shouldn’t be. Because many promising managers and executives derail sometime during their careers, often because they weren’t very good at office politics.

But these “non-players” couldn’t be more wrong. Because “politics” (really, the dynamic natural tension of human interactions in any environment) is part of the job. Even if it never appears anywhere in a formal job description. A person’s political skills are key to building a successful career—for the good of both themselves and their company.

When a competent employee combines tactical capabilities (they can get things done) with strategic interpersonal competencies (the ability to work effectively with others) then everyone benefits. Conversely, when a promising career falters because of poor political skills, companies have to spend time and money finding a replacement, and performance suffers in the meantime. Read more

Deal With the Office Backstabber

We all have them. Those annoying, manipulative backstabbing colleagues. We normally label them as the ‘office psychopath’ or give them some other unflattering label.

These people often have a superficial charm and excessive sense of self-worth, can control themselves but just don’t bother to do so, have a glib outlook, generally have short term relationships, a parasitic lifestyle, don’t accept any responsibility for their actions, are impulsive, don’t have any long term goals. They’re also the types who would rather steal a Rolex than save up for one. It’s bad enough working with one of these types but imagine working for one? Read more

10 Things Emotionally Resilient People Don’t Do

Emotional resilience is trendy, so read on. Basically, this means that if you are emotionally resilient, you can bounce back from most setbacks that life can throw at you. In times of stress, failure or even a natural disaster, your emotional resilience will be put to the test. The word ‘resilience’ comes from the Latin word ‘resilio’ which means to bounce back. Business people, social workers and school children can all benefit from this emotional fitness.

So, how emotionally fit are you? Let us look at what these people never do because they have a natural talent to cope with the stress of everyday living.

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What Corporate Climbers Can Teach Us

Psychologists have identified personality traits that help some people rise through the ranks, but there is a cost to certain behaviors. WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger and Seth Spain a professor from SUNY Binghamton University join Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Click below for full details:

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