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Unapproachable man scowling at his computer Are You Unintentionally Unapproachable?

Could you be giving off an air of unapproachableness without meaning to? Is it possible that you exhibit some unapproachable 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
Two people shaking hands after earning a promotion 3 Tips for Moving Up the Testing Leadership Ladder

Moving up the career ladder often means more money, more fun, and more impact. But it's not a good idea to sit around and just hope it will happen. There's a lot you can do to speed up the process and earn a well-deserved promotion. Jason Arbon shares three tips he has for moving up the testing leadership ladder.

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Jason Arbon
Jeff Payne Maintaining Technical Excellence: A Slack Takeover with Jeff Payne

Thought leaders from the software community are taking over the TechWell Hub for a day to answer questions and engage in conversations. Jeff Payne, the CEO and founder of Coveros, hosted this Slack takeover, discussing agile transformation, automating documentation, and how leaders can maintain technical excellence.

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Owen Gotimer
"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
Quarterback about to throw a football Drafting the Right Software Professional for Your Fantasy Team

Teams are systems made up of individuals with different strengths and weaknesses. When people are cooperating on a team—whether in software development or football—sometimes those strengths and weaknesses can be complementary, and other times they can be out of alignment. Be sure to draft the player your team needs.

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Payson Hall
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 manager and employee having a one-on-one meeting Alleviate Employees’ Stress through One-on-Ones

Simply having one-on-ones because they’re expected is not enough to realize their potential. To make one-on-ones effective, as the manager, you’ve got to be available, prepared, and engaged. It has to be more than a one-way status update. Here's how to use these meetings to promote trust, growth, and creativity.

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Jason Wick