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This is an online magazine by Bovee & Thill, authors of the leading textbooks in business communication and business writing, published by Pearson, featuring resources about teaching business communication and workplace issues. For more information about Bovee & Thill texts and the exclusive, superior coverage they give to workplace issues, visit their blog: http://blog.businesscommuniationnetwork.com. For instructor examination copies, go to http://blog.businesscommunicationnetwork.com/texts. To find your local sales representative, go to http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/replocator. To contact the authors, send an email to hotline@boveeandthillbusinesscommunicationblog.com. To get a free Comprehensive Guide to Business Communication Instructional Resources, visit http://blog.businesscommunicationnetwork.com/resources. Subscribe to a free weekly newsletter of new posts to all 11 of Bovee & Thill's Online Magazines: http://sco.lt/8kgeVV.
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Work Motivation in Just 12 Steps

Work Motivation in Just 12 Steps | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

No matter how much you love your job, there are times when your work motivation is just going to bottom out. There can be any number of reasons for this but the important thing is that it does happen to everyone at some stage. If you follow the simple tips I’m sharing here, you can regain your motivation and achieve a new sense of drive that you’ve been sorely missing:


1. Be Honest With Yourself
Admit that you’re lacking motivation and that you need to do something about it. Honesty is always, always the best policy...


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27 Productivity Killers: Why Nothing Ever Gets Done!

27 Productivity Killers: Why Nothing Ever Gets Done! | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

There is always more to do than time in which to do it. And the more you take on, the more there is to do. You finish one task and six more pop out of no where; it never ends. To toss a major understatement at you - you need to invest your time wisely and that means being productive.

 

Yes, the dreaded 'P' word. Easier said than done, that's for sure. Sometimes, you just aren’t productive. You want to be, but things seem to never get done.

 

Here’s why...

 

What Kills Productivity?
There are only a few broad reasons why your productivity could be suffering. I’ll talk about all the specific instances in a moment, but let’s start with a high-level look:  . . .


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How Can You Balance Creativity and Productivity in the Workplace?

How Can You Balance Creativity and Productivity in the Workplace? | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

For many, creativity and productivity seem mutually exclusive. Find out how to (How can you balance creativity and productivity in the workplace? . . .


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TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND: 14 Ways To Make Better Decisions and Strengthen Your Willpower

TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND: 14 Ways To Make Better Decisions and Strengthen Your Willpower | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

The New Year is a reminder that we're our own worst enemies. In fact, a study of one million people around the world revealed that most people believe self-control is their biggest weakness.


But willpower is like a muscle: it can be strengthened — and fatigued — with use. . .


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Do You Have the Courage to Be Honest?

Do You Have the Courage to Be Honest? | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

If honesty is really the best policy then why is there so much deception? And if we feel disrespected when someone isn’t honest with us, then how can we justify those little white lies and carefully crafted exaggerations?

 

If we expect other people to have the courage to be honest with us, then wouldn’t anything but honesty from us be promoting a double standard? Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at honesty and see if it really is the best policy.

 

Being honest about honesty

On the surface, the concept of honesty seems simple enough. All we have to do is tell the truth in every situation, right? Then why is it that otherwise truthful people will justify distorting the truth in certain situations? If being honest makes life simpler then why would anyone purposely complicate things by being even slightly dishonest?...


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The Mother of All Excuses – I CAN’T

The Mother of All Excuses – I CAN’T | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Making excuses is a bad habit that anyone can slip into. I’ve done it, you’ve done it, and now it’s time to get passed it. Sometimes we make excuses because we are trying to be polite, or at least that’s what we tell ourselves. Maybe somebody invites us to do something that we really don’t want to do. So, we politely say, “I would really like to, but I just can’t today.”

 

Why do we do that? Why not just say, “No thanks”?

 

The funny thing about making excuses is that we can always come up with excuses for why we do it. That’s pathetic when you think about it. If we want other people to be honest with us, shouldn’t we start by respecting others enough to be honest with them?..


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Is Fear Holding You Back?

Is Fear Holding You Back? | Teaching Business Communication and Workplace Issues | Scoop.it

Most people have areas in their lives where they would like to make some improvements. Is that true of you? Would you like to be in better shape physically, emotionally, mentally or financially?

 

That’s a lot of territory, I know. Perhaps you would like to make some positive changes in all those areas. Well, you are certainly not alone. I think all of us feel we have room for improvement in all those areas of life, I certainly do.

 

So what’s the problem?

 

If we see things in our life that we want to change, then what is it that is holding us back from doing it? Why don’t we just make the desired changes? Questions like that can sure give birth to a huge list of excuses, can’t they? . . .


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