Careerstone Group Insights Posts Tagged "Communication"

How to Deal with Difficult Coworkers and Bosses

Difficult bosses and coworkers can make your work life miserable. I recently did a segment on News Channel 8’s News Talk with Bruce DePuyt on how to deal with them. (You can watch the segment here.) A difficult person is someone whose behavior negatively impacts the way you do your job. Difficult…  Read More

How to Deal with a Bad Boss

Your boss has an enormous influence over how you work and the quality of your work life. Sadly, bad bosses are a fact of working life. Forbes magazine recently reported that three out of four employees say that their boss is the worst and most stressful part of their job. And another 65…  Read More

How to Be a Great Manager: Five Essential Skills to Master

The primary responsibility of any manager is to manage people, not products or projects. It all starts and ends with your staff or your employees. As Lee Iacocca said, “Managing is nothing more than motivating other people.” That’s absolutely right. Yes, a manager’s job is to…  Read More

How to Build Trust at Work

Trust is an essential component of effective organizations. Trust in the workplace is directly linked to increased productivity, morale, and commitment. It’s essential for building and maintaining workplace relationships, and it’s essential for collaboration and success. Trust is critical…  Read More

The Boss from Hell! How to Deal with a Bad Boss

The bad news is that if the toxic person is your boss, then you have a very, very tough situation. The good news is that it’s not impossible. You do have options (though none are really great). In any workplace, it’s smart to “manage up,” which means you should manage…  Read More

Difficult Conversations

Avoiding difficult conversations is a common practice both in our professional lives and our personal lives. Telling an employee that their performance is not up to snuff is an unpleasant task for most of us. Confronting a friend about an unpleasant situation promises to be about as fun as a root canal.…  Read More

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?

Imagine working in an environment where kindness is the norm. A workplace where everyone feels valued and valuable. A workplace where civility reigns and gratitude for all is abundant. Pipe dream? We think not. Too touchy-feely? We beg to differ. Studies show that when employees are regularly shown…  Read More

3 Ways to Celebrate this Month with Pride, No Matter Who You Are!

Every year, Americans set aside the month of February to celebrate Black History Month. This is an opportunity for all organizations and individuals to honor the culture and achievements of African Americans—both past and present. Black History Month is about recognizing and celebrating the central…  Read More

Time Blocking: To-Do Lists 2.0

  The world of work can be all-encompassing.  Professional culture has transformed to such a degree that most professionals can work from anywhere, at any time.  Technology has advanced to the point where many teams have members who’ve never worked in the same physical space. …  Read More

Managers: Feedback is a Gift!

Employees of all ages expect some degree of feedback at work. Our latest survey revealed that younger employees might expect a higher degree of feedback from supervisors than their colleagues or supervisors of previous generations.   Of 18- to 34-year-olds living in the United States, only 16% of…  Read More

Write for Success At Any Stage In Your Career!

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” - Nathaniel Hawthorne Do you dread writing at work? Do you write, re-write, and then procrastinate some more before hitting the “send” button? Formal proposals, memos, and even internal emails can be stressful and hamper productivity for…  Read More

Be a Change Victor, not a Change Victim!

We all know that in business and in life, one of the only things that remains constant is change. Organizations are constantly undergoing transformations in technology, in management, in internal policies and procedures, and in how they conduct business. Some of these transformations are planned, and…  Read More

Mastering the Virtual Workplace: FREE Weekly Webinar Series

While many of us have enjoyed the flexibility of working remotely for quite some time, the recommendations for physical distancing have created a dynamic that is quite new to so many. Careerstone Group is here to support you as you navigate this unexpected transition to emerge more connected, focused,…  Read More

Don’t Ghost Your Boss: How to Manage Up in a Virtual World

Our bosses have enormous influence over our career trajectory, so the ability to work successfully with one’s boss is a critical element for achieving success in the workplace. This is called “managing up.” Those who successfully manage up, know how to intentionally cultivate a robust…  Read More

Ditch Your Resolutions For Intentions

It’s that time of year again! We are happily leaving 2020 in the dust and ringing in 2021 with optimism, positivity, and lots of energy for new experiences. A new year means a trove of New Year’s Resolutions will take over the internet for the next month. While we love to hear about all the…  Read More

Fostering Innovation at Work Through Creativity

As we continue to navigate our ever-changing and challenging work environments, it’s more important than ever to tap into our innovation and problem-solving skills. Essentially, it’s time to boost your creativity. Even for those who don’t specifically work in a creative field, creativity…  Read More

Navigating the Next Normal

You made the transition from working from the office to working at home over a year ago. Now it’s time to make another shift – navigating a combination of remote, hybrid, and in-person work – or the “Next Normal.” No matter where you sit on the organizational chart, it’s important to learn…  Read More

Re-Energize Your Team: Planning a Successful On-Site, Off-Site, or Virtual Retreat!

Planning a team or company-wide retreat may sound like a daunting task. While it takes a lot of time (and energy) to organize, the payoff for holding a retreat will certainly make it worthwhile. Whether your team is virtual, in the office, or hybrid, you’ll benefit from a retreat that brings people…  Read More

Have the Burnout Conversation with Your Boss

While burnout is not a new concept, the pandemic certainly increased its prevalence. As we head into our third year of navigating heightened personal and work stress in an uncertain world, it’s no surprise that over half of employees have experienced burnout. In a survey from Deloitte, 77% of respondents…  Read More

Hey, May I Give You Some Feedback?

Your boss asks you to stay on the Zoom call when the meeting ends, and asks, “May I give you some feedback about the presentation you just gave?” Quick! What are you feeling? Does your heart rate speed up? Do you get a little sweaty? Is your stomach doing back flips? If you’re, well . . . human,…  Read More

Considerations for the New Work World

Two and a half years ago, employees all over the country were sent home from work on what they anticipated to be a two-week work from home experiment. Most workplaces remain remote since that monumental day in March 2020. It’s clear that COVID-19 reshaped how and where we work – for the better in…  Read More

How to Be a Good Meeting Participant

By Samantha Weissgold Samantha Weissgold is Careerstone Group’s 2022 Summer Intern. She attends Bentley University as a Marketing Major. Most jobs come with plenty of meetings. No matter your career phase, you’ll find yourself attending meetings on a regular basis. Meetings provide an opportunity…  Read More

Facilitating Meetings That Don't Suck!

Whether hybrid, virtual, or on site, the secret to great meetings is the same: put the right people in the room, design for maximum engagement and collaboration, and get stuff done! Our work hours are consumed by meetings, which leaves fewer opportunities to do the work those meetings generate. Not only…  Read More