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Why is praising people at work so important?

Praising demotivates, slating motivates There are different approaches to praising people at work as well as plenty of myths regarding the issue. Some managers believe that praising can actually lower people’s performance. They argue that it doesn’t make sense to compliment people too much because it will make them arrogant and pompous. They are scared …

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Don’t be scared to talk about your failures

Talking about things that went wrong can help you build your personal brand. I know it sounds ridiculous, especially when everyone else appears to be doing everything perfectly. But I mean it – talking about your failures may actually be useful. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not encouraging you to blindly boast about your missteps. …

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It’s not me, it’s you! Why do people blame others for their failures?

Although we’d like to think we’re always rational and accurate in our attributions, we tend to distort certain situations to make ourselves feel better. It’s pleasurable to paint yourself in a positive light and it’s pretty hard to admit to a mistake. Especially when your reputation or, dare I say, your salary, is on the …

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