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"Don't walk" sign saying to stop Don’t Fall Victim to the Fundamental Attribution Error

Before jumping to a conclusion about a particular situation, try to see circumstances from the other person’s perspective. Consider possible explanations for the person’s behavior that are based on the situation, not the person’s character. Work runs more smoothly when you assume actions have a good and logical reason.

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Naomi Karten
Illustration from Aesop's fable "The North Wind and the Sun" Aesop and Agile: A Moral for Effective Teamwork

When a manager sees a problem on their team, they often want to act quickly to correct it. But if you take a “fix it” mentality too far, while you might get past the initial impediment, you have done little to help the team work better in the future. Let's look at another approach, based on one of Aesop's Fables.

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Steve Berczuk
A speaker giving a presentation to a room full of people Simple Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills

If you want to improve your presentation skills, then whenever you attend a presentation, pay attention not just to the content, but also to the delivery of that content. In doing so, note what strikes you as positive or negative about the presentation. Then strive to emulate the positives and avoid the negatives.

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Naomi Karten
Software professionals in a meeting How to Appear Smart in a Meeting

If you want to convey the impression that you’re smart in a meeting, you’d better make sure to convey that impression outside the meeting as well, because that’s the image of you that people will carry. Don't try any gimmicks or go in with a plan to ask certain questions or show off. Just follow these simple tips.

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Naomi Karten
yoda Fuel Your Force This Year with Help from Star Wars

Embarking on yet another New Year’s program to transform your life? How about following the way of the Jedi to find your inner Force instead? The Star Wars Fuel Your Force program is about finding strength and balance in your life by taking inspiration from the Star Wars galaxy.

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Pamela Rentz
Slack logo 5 Engaging Slack Communities for Software Professionals

People all over the world can connect, ask questions, and share knowledge in real time in specialized Slack communities, including in niche channels for specific topics. Of course, there are a wealth of technology- and software-related Slack workspaces out there. Here are five communities that stand out.

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Owen Gotimer
Productive person's desk with a phone, papers, and notes 5 Steps to Be More Productive

There’s a common misperception that productivity implies getting more things done all at once. But it really means getting things done persistently at a moderate pace. You also don't need to change your routines drastically to be more productive. Even small changes can make a significant impact—like these five tips.

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Sara Williams
Red lit-up keyboard 4 Reasons Cybersecurity Is More Important Than Ever

Ignoring cybersecurity risks can be disastrous. And as recent hacks and scams have shown, it is not only large organizations or corporations that are being targeted, but also the personal data of everyday people. Here are four reasons cybersecurity is more important than ever, as well as ways you can protect yourself.

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Ryan Bronson