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Cute dog wearing a disguise with a fake nose and glasses Beware Confidence Masquerading as Competence

Self-confidence is essential to tackling difficult problems. Where we need to be careful is not being falsely overconfident. What’s behind that overconfidence can either help or hinder your solving issues and achieving a good result. Here's how to make sure that confidence is backed up by competence in your team.

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Steve Berczuk
Sign saying "You got this" next to a laptop Brain Hacks to Engineer an Agile Transformation

When we are presented with a decision, the subconscious determines what we’re most emotionally comfortable with, then fills in the gaps to justify choosing it. In other words: Our brains lie to us. Then how can we ever get out of our comfort zone? Believe in change and take an agile approach to incremental adoption.

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Chris Murman
Smiling woman attending a software conference 4 Tips for Convincing Your Boss to Send You to a Conference

You’ve found the industry conference you want to attend. You know the content at the event is going to help you grow your skills, and in your mind, the capital and time expenditure is clearly justified. So why is it not that easy to get your boss to agree? Here are four tips for convincing your boss to send you.

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Stasi Richmond
Open dictionary Attention, Word Nerds: We’ve Got New Dictionary Entries

Merriam-Webster just added 640 new words to its dictionary, in addition to the more than 840 entries added in September. While you're learning new language, check out the Sideways Dictionary, a crowd-sourced collection of definitions. There are a lot of software terms there, so see how people define "agile" and "VPN."

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Pamela Rentz
Thank-you card next to a cup of coffee Learning to Accept Compliments

If people at work pay you a compliment, do you say thanks? Or do you always seem to deflect the compliment or respond with something self-deprecating? If it's the latter, that's a habit you should break. Compliments are a great way to create a positive workplace culture. Here's how you can learn to accept them.

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Naomi Karten
Groups of people networking at a conference Learning to Network: Fake It till You Make It

Failure is part of learning; we have to do things we are not good at in order to become better at them. To learn networking, we have to take the risk of failing and do what we fear. This means taking small steps to open up, asking questions, and listening—and even pretending to be interested until you really are!

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Isabel Evans
Unapproachable man scowling at his computer Are You Unintentionally Unapproachable?

Could you be giving off an air of unapproachability without meaning to? Is it possible that you exhibit some unwelcome behaviors that are so subtle you’re not even aware of them? Think about whether you have any of the following habits that could give your coworkers the impression that you are unapproachable.

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Richard Estra
Person with writer's block holding a pen over a blank piece of paper Unblocking Writer’s Block

Being unable to think of what to write can happen to anyone. Maybe your assignment is to contribute a blog post for the company website, draft a white paper, or produce design documents or other materials. What do you do? Here are some helpful suggestions for unblocking writer's block and getting started.

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Pamela Rentz