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Donna Flagg

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Could Amazon Be the Next Facebook?

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 8:58 AM

Something has been on my mind for some time now and I haven't been quite able to articulate it. This is partly because I am the farthest thing from a technological visionary that you could imagine. I struggle with the ambiguous, intangible, one-dimensional, random, nature of the entire social networking...

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Handling Pay Cuts: The Reality of Our Time

(14) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 5:38 PM

From all corners of the globe it seems a universal assumption that the world is meant to progress, grow and prosper at a continuous and infinite rate, regardless of the costs. As a microcosm within the broader societal context in which they sit, organizations are a good example of this...

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Is Facebook Worthwhile or Worthless?

(11) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 12:01 PM

If you're anything like me, you find this whole Facebook saga utterly fascinating. The opinions, debates, inner conflicts and mixed emotions (do we love it, do we hate it?) all continue to fuel a search for answers. It could turn out to be one of the greatest enigmas of our...

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How Not to Conduct a Performance Review

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 3:43 PM

For better or worse, performance evaluations are a reality in business. But just because they are necessary, it doesn't mean they are being done in a way that produces productive and constructive results. In fact, at their worst, they can cause employees to recoil, spreading insecurity, self-consciousness and fear.


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What's Going on With All the Sexless Marriages?

(7) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 11:02 AM

Why is it that love and sex are so often at odds? Or is the issue rather that losing interest in sex has something to do with marriage? Because if I hear one more married guy matter-of-factly justify sniffing out other women with, "I'm not attracted to my wife," or...

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Depending On the Brain to Think, At the Expense of the Body's Ability to Know

(9) Comments | Posted March 19, 2012 | 4:48 PM

For better or worse, and I mostly think worse, society has an unhealthy obsession with intelligence. We live in a world that values cognition and intellect more than any other kind and we rely on it almost exclusively to solve problems. The trouble however, is that thinking, and only thinking,...

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How to Break the News to Someone that He/She Smells

(5) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 11:52 AM

It is perhaps the most dreaded conversation managers face. Their brains race and their mouths freeze because they have to tell someone with whom they work that he or she is emitting an odor that is creating a problem. Usually, it starts when complaints come in from other coworkers, or...

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One Thing to Know If You Want to Improve Your Communication Skills

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Being in the communications field, I am often presented with questions from people who want to know how they should say, write or present something. Similar questions also come in from the media asking things like how a boss should tell an employee that he or she has body odor,...

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How to Increase Your Personal Effectiveness at Work

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 7:57 AM

Ten years ago when I started my first company, it began as a training consultancy firm. We wrote, designed and delivered soft skills employee development programs for our clients. It could be anything ranging from customer service to performance evaluation feedback. Then, that grew into requests to write management programs....

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Why This Country (and World) Is So Screwed Up, In a Word

(7) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 11:37 AM

It's what makes life so unpleasant, miserable even. It's the bosses who make employees feel worthless, it's the wives, husbands, boyfriends and girlfriends who pick fights, it's the politicians who behave like utter buffoons and it's the parents who put their kids down. It's the bullies, the warmongers and the...

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We Have Turned Into a Cult Disguised as a Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 12:40 PM

This country is not in good shape, an observation that will not come as a surprise to many, I know. And while it is easy, almost automatic in fact, to blame the leaders, we the people have a role, because we the people are the followers.

Normally, leading and following...

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Should Management be a Popularity Contest?

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 3:22 PM

When I first began my career, and I mean like within the first few days, someone directly under me, but who was responsible for managing people, said, "Look, I'm not here to win a popularity contest. I'm here to do my job." She was describing her management style and I...

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Dyslexia Is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me

(18) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 10:41 AM

My mother would disagree. She still agonizes over how I went through living hell in school as a result of being dyslexic and undiagnosed. It pains her to think that there was something my father and she could have done to spare me the grief, humiliation and shame of not...

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How to Manage Difficult People

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2011 | 7:33 PM

If you're a manager, then you know what it is to have a problem employee and are probably also familiar with how difficult he or she is to handle. It can be perplexing because no matter what you do, he or she doesn't seem to improve. In fact, more often...

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What Great Bosses Have in Common

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 3:02 PM

In the grand scheme of things, there is a lot of information out there about what it takes to be a great boss. The problem is that much of it gets lost in the noise as we become mired in overly complicated, insufficiently realistic analyses and advice.

But if you...

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Put an End to Dealing With Difficult People

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 6:37 PM

There are many reasons why people dread having difficult conversations, with one of the standouts being fear of handling difficult people and their erratic, unpredictable ways. That fear is legitimate but misplaced. It's true that difficult people are expert at sucking the life out of a room and turning normal,...

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Asking for a Raise: How, When and Why

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 6:57 PM

Next to firing an employee and having to inform a coworker of various personal hygiene offenses, asking for a raise is up there as one of the worst, most dreaded workplace conversations of all time. Approaching the boss, asking for more money, trying to explain why you think you deserve...

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Selling Yourself With Your Resume

(5) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 8:08 PM

When it comes to writing resumes, we are all confronted with the same, universal challenge. We have to articulate our experience and convey our personalities in a way that "sells" the reader on our "product," (which is us). To further complicate matters, we have to do this with only an...

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Five Things They Don't Teach You in Business School

(10) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 5:36 PM

People pay an awful lot of money for an education that is supposed to prepare them for the workforce, which in turn is presumably intended to help them create some degree of career success for themselves. But if that plan is to work, then a course needs to be added...

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Interviewing Help: Reducing Your Risk of Making a Bad Hire

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 9:47 AM

You're a hiring manager.... You feel the pain....

Sometimes it's more obvious than others when a candidate just isn't right for a particular job. It may be because his or her experience doesn't support the needs of a given role, or there may be an attitude problem that you fear...

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