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Read articles on a variety of fervid topics from workplace relationships in the workplace to communication techniques and employee engagement.

Part of being Fierce is about having the conversation. We’ve been lucky enough to share our story and our expertise with various newsgroups across the globe. This collection of articles demonstrates current trends and backs our belief that our workplaces, homes, and communities need better conversations.

Below are articles on a variety of topics from workplace relationships and communication techniques to employee engagement.

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IT Business Edge

Cultural Norms in IT Breed Toxic Employees

IT Business Edge

Despite the tremendously negative impact they have in the workplace, toxic employees are too rarely confronted about their behavior. And in the IT profession in particular, there are often accepted cultural norms that actually create a toxic work environment.
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Kansas City Star

What to do with the toxic worker

The Kansas City Star

Most workplaces have a least one — Mr. or Ms. Negativity — the person who consistently looks on the dark side and talks about it a lot. In a perfect workplace, negative people wouldn’t have been hired in the first place or they’d be fired because they’re more trouble than they’re worth. Right?
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Fortune

How to deal with a toxic coworker

Fortune

Fewer than half of managers would fire someone for damaging team morale. But 88% of employees would. Susan Scott offers tips for confronting the toxic employees in your organization.
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TM Talent Management

Talking to Their Generation

Talent Management

Talent managers should be aware of the nuanced communication styles of Generation Y. Here are three strategies talent managers should keep in mind when communicating with millennials.
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HR.BLR.com

Why are leaders becoming more hands-on with employee training?

HR.BLR.com

“With toxic coworkers, most people withdraw and just try to avoid the person,” Scott says. “But a bad attitude won’t improve spontaneously.” Start by sitting him down in private and saying, “I want to talk with you about…” (not “I need to talk to you about…” Scott advises, because “those words just make people defensive”).
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The Huffington Post

Leaders Light Fires Under Backsides and in Bellies in Equal Measure

The Huffington Post UK

We all know the promises that technology has made. An easier life. A more productive life. A balanced one. But the truth is, the modern working environment is tougher than ever.
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Wall Street Journal

How Being a Worrywart Helps at Work

The Wall Street Journal

Most people seek to project an upbeat, confident attitude on the job. But sometimes it is better to be a worrywart. While ample research has documented the benefits of optimism at work, dozens of studies in the past several years have explored the flip side of the coin—how a moderate amount of pessimism can yield better performance.
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Washington Post

Things Companies Do to Keep Employees Happy

The Washington Post

Whether you work in a cubicle or a corner office, an assembly line or a sales floor, everyone could use a little career advice now and then. Our career coach, Joyce Russell, helped people solve their workplace conundrums, from how to ask for a promotion to how to deal with a difficult boss.
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Wall Street Journal

Why Won't the Yankees Dump A-Rod

The Wall Street Journal

Coming off a season-long suspension for performance-enhancing drug use, which he initially fought, Rodriguez has by his own admission been “a headache.” So why won’t the Yankees just dump him?
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Chief Learning Officer

Why Managers are the New Trainers

Chief Learning Officer

As organizations throughout the world focus more energy on employees company leaders will partner more deeply with learning to train their own teams.
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Entrepreneur

Motivating the Negative Nancy On Your Team

Entrepreneur

Negativity is extremely contagious in the workplace and can spread like wildfire and affect everyone, including your customers. After detecting negativity in an organization, take these 6 steps to nip it in the bud before it spreads throughout the office.
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Training Magazine

How To Do Employee Engagement

Training Magazine

Three key trends have surfaced as the most critical for increasing and maintaining high levels of engagement: Candor, Collaboration, and Development.
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Business 2 Community

How to Avoid an Email Fail

BUSINESS 2 COMMUNITY

You've written a long email and now you're about to hit send. Is that really the best thing to do?
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Business Insider

6 Bad Habits Holding You Back From Success

Business Insider

You always imagined your career would be like a rocket ship shooting you straight to the stars, but instead you seem to be stuck in one place, already out of gas. Your bad habits might be the culprit holding you back from the corner office you've always dreamed about.
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The New Talent Times

Survey Job Seekers Want an Honest Company Culture

The New Talent Times

The phrase “company culture” has steadily become pervasive in today’s workplace, but what does it actually mean?
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Inc. 5000

5 Company Culture Hacks for a Happier Workforce - Copy

Inc.

Company culture isn't just about trying to make disengaged employees happy, it also costs the economy an estimated $550 billion in lost productivity. Try these five happiness hacks to jump start your company culture.
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Seattle Business Magazine

Good Management Requires Openness

Seattle Business Magazine

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO, offers a 3-pronged approach to striking the right balance for success.
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Business 2 Community

What It Means to Lead

BUSINESS 2 COMMUNITY

People believe that leadership comes from title, explore the difference between leading with and without title.
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The Huffington Post

Making Fierce Conversations Count

Huffington Post

Halley Bock, President and CEO of Fierce, Inc., the company behind the best-selling book Fierce Conversations, Achieving Success at Work and in Life One Conversation at a Time, explains how to make every conversation count.
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Tech Cocktail

Pivot Faster With Greater Company Transparency

Tech Cocktail

You don’t want your company to end up a relic of a bygone era, but perhaps you’ve gotten a little too large to pivot on a dime. Here are some ways to increase your corporate transparency, get your best people aligned, and never miss an opportunity to pivot with the times.
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Entrepreneur

Radical Transparency Can Re-Energize a Company's Culture and Deliver Results

Entrepreneur

How can you change your company's culture to inspire employee engagement, attract great talent and keep staff excited about your corporate goals? Transparency just might be the answer, and it’s something companies are ignoring at their own peril.
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Fast Company

7 Ways You're Unconsciously Undermining Yourself

Fast Company

Your're crushing it everyday at your job, but are you ruining your chances for a promotion by tapping your pen, checking your phone, and being buddies with your cube mate? Even if you think you're doing everything right, check yourself for these seven areas that can be harming your well-crafted image.
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Business 2 Community

What March Madness Can Teach Us About Leadership

BUSINESS 2 COMMUNITY

Regardless of how your team performs there are key leadership lessons to be learned. Explore them.
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Seattle Business Magazine

The Engaged Workforce

Seattle Business Magazine

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO offers 3 key areas of focus for those seeking to join the ranks of highly engaged and highly profitable companies.
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CIO

11 Ways to Improve Your IT Team

CIO

CIOs as well as other IT leaders and productivity experts share their top tips for improving workflow and getting the most out of your IT teams.
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Kelly Elementary School

Strong Relationships Improve School Safety

The Learning Forward Journal

Tressie Armstrong, principal at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad California, explains why a strong, trusting community is an important element of a school safety plan.
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CNBC

11 Ways to Build An All-Star Team

CNBC

The corporate team-building event has been criticized for years by mocking employees who no longer see cliché "trust falls" as a way to build a dynamic team culture. Here are 11 tips for making sure your team-building activities don't have the unintended consequence of pulling your team of employees apart.
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CFA Institute

The Inefficient Frontier Work-Life Balance

CFA Institute Magazine

How can busy professionals manage the competing priorities of a full life?
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HR.BLR.com

It's National Bosses Day- Good Leaders should take time to reflect

HR.BLR.com

It is National Boss’s Day, and the perfect time for bosses to reflect on their accomplishments as well as areas that need improvement. According to Fierce, Inc, both leaders with advanced skills and bosses who could use a bit of polishing will benefit by taking account of management areas upon which they can improve.
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Wall Street Journal

Damage Control After an Office Showdown

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Fallout can harm morale or boost problem-solving; here's how to recover.
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Forbes

8 Very Bad Things That Happen When Companies Are Too Nice

Forbes

In many organizations, people think the way to support and respect each other is to be polite at any cost. But, Erika Anderson highlights the negative effects of 'terminal niceness' in any organization.
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HLN

Study- More Americans mixing work and vacay

HLNtv

With work-related stress hovering over the heads of many Americans, vacations would seem the obvious cure.
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Puget Sound Business Journal

Most workers get no stress relief from vacation, survey finds

Puget Sound Business Journal

Ever come home from vacation with so much work piled up that you wish you had never left? Spend your holiday furtively checking work email? You’re not alone.
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Diversity Executive

The Value of a Multigenerational Workplace

Diversity Executive

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO, illustrates techniques to bridge the generation gap by focusing on the similarities, such as the core values rather than focusing on differences.
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Training Magazine

Invest in Your Self Development

Training Magazine

Aimee Windmiller-Wood, Fierce, Inc. SVP of Training and Program Development, explains the importance of trainers investing in their own learning and
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TM Talent Management

The CEO’s Role in Talent Management

Talent Management

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO, explains why organizations must show, not tell, their employees how they’re valued.
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Forbes

What Your Employees Won't Tell You But Wish You Knew

FORBES

Explore four conversation topics employees would like to have with their managers but don't always feel comfortable speaking about.
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Chief Learning Officer

The Case for Transparency in Leadership

Chief Learning Officer

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO, discusses the benefits of organizational transparency and creating strong cultures of trust and collaboration.
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Ragan's HR Communication

Are your “best practices” a nightmare for employees 3 tips for improvement

Ragan's HR Communication

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO discusses new research on organizational practices and how they influence the workplace.
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Seattle Business Magazine

Breaking Out of the Inner Circle

Seattle Business Magazine

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO offers 5 tips to bring a diverse and well-rounded view to high stake decisions within a family business.
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TM Talent Management

Three tips to navagate workplace relationships

Talent Management

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO offers suggestions to help ensure inner-office dating doesn't create a problem.
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Inc. Magazine

Are Your Best Practices Making Things Worse

Inc. Magazine

A recent survey by Fierce, Inc. revealed how employees really feel about "best practices" in the workplace.
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Ragan's HR Communication

4 Reasons to Embrace Workplace Romance

Ragan's HR Communication

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO offers four benefits to workplace romances.
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Training Magazine

Horrible Bosses Hollywood Fact or Fiction

Training Magazine

In a recent Fierce survey we asked respondents to rate their relationship with their bosses and the impact it has on overall job satisfaction, and to identify the key factors that distinguish good managers from bad. These are the results.
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Training Magazine

The Year Ahead in Leadership and Training

Training Magazine

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO, discusses three factors that will have an impact on leadership and development in 2012
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Seattle Business Magazine

Integrating Multiple Generations in the Family Business

Seattle Business Magazine

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. President and CEO, discusses three factors that will have an impact on leadership and development in 2012
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Philly.com

Sweating the Small Stuff

Philly.com

Micromanaging creates employees that don't trust their own abilities and hinders creativity. Here are a few tips on how to build a culture of accountability in the workplace.
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Ragan's HR Communication

Seven tips for successfully integrating veterans into your private sector workforce

Ragan's HR Communication

The difference between military and civilian communication styles can make the transition challenging for both parties. Halley Bock offers 7 tips to ease the transition.
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Human Resource Executive Online

Top of the Line test

Human Resources Executive Online

Larger organizations are finding it harder to attract quality employees as potential CEO talent may prefer to strike out on their own with smaller, more nimble and economically rewarding companies.
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Seattle PI

CEO Provides Insight into Securing a Job

Seattle P-I

Halley Bock offers veteran job-seekers advice, as well as strategies, for successfully integrating into the private sector workforce.
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Seattle Business Magazine

For Effective Personal and Professional Communication in a Family Business

Seattle Business Magazine

Here are a few strategies from Halley Bock, CEO of Fierce, Inc. for family business owners to ensure that both the business and relationships stay on track.
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TM Talent Management

how to be a better boss

Talent Management

While the Hollywood portrayal of how terrible bosses can act makes for a great comedy, a recent survey by Fierce, Inc. suggest that, in actuality, people are pleased with their superiors.
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Ragan's HR Communication

5 Traits of a Great

Ragan's HR Communication

A new survey released this week finds most executives, employees, and educators have positive relationships with their managers. Here are five essential traits that make for a great boss.
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith- Power of a Conversation 10.13.11

Hobart and William Smith Daily Update

Susan Scott returned to her alma mater and delivered a keynote entitled, "The Power of a Conversation," to the HDI Leadership Conference.
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Chief Learning Officer

A Seat at the Table

Chief Learning Officer

Susan Scott offers insight on driving business results and growing your organization's competitive advantage, and implementing a sustainability plan that ensures what is learned becomes a way of life, rather than the skill of the month.
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Business Quarterly

Scottish Business Quarter Summer 2011

Scottish Business Quarter Summer 2011

Even the world's most influential business leaders have to reassess their techniques and revisit 'the message.' So, Susan Scott tore up the script and dug deep into personal relationships for guidance.
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Learning Forward

Tackle Challenges and Build Relationships Using Tools For Meaningful Conversations

Journal of Staff Development

Angela Brooks-Rallins shares how using the Mineral Rights conversation model within her school district has created an environment where educators feel they can voice frustrations and have a clear space to think and solve problems.
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Chief Learning Officer

Why Communication From Leadership is Essential for Success

Chief Learning Officer

This article discusses why precise and concise communication between leaders and employees is key to achieving positive results.
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ChiefExecutive.net

How Does A CEO Do Engagement?

ChiefExecutive.net

In this candid article, Susan Scott, speaks to the heart of the issue around employee engagement. She lays out what is required of leaders if they want to get their employees on board and ready to act while sharing a model to kick-start the effort.
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CNN

3 Reasons Why Office Distractions Don't Matter

CNN Money.com

Anne Fisher interviews Susan Scott about office distractions and why they shouldn't matter.
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Selling Power Magazine

A Meeting of Minds

Selling Power Magazine

Susan Scott explains how to use conversation to build better client relationships.
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Seattle Business Magazine

Letting More Fresh Air Into the Room

Seattle Business Magazine

Susan Scott explains how being up front about problems can help you find their solutions.
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Chief Learning Officer

Workforce Changes in 2012 Present Learning Challenges, Opportunities

Chief Learning Officer

Halley Bock, Fierce, Inc. Former President and CEO, offers predictions on changes in the coming year for businesses and across all market sectors.
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Selling Power Magazine

Manage Your Sales Team

Selling Power Magazine

Fierce Inc. shows how better conversations can reduce sales team turnover.
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Puget Sound Business Journal

Conversations: A Transformational Tool for Leaders

Puget Sound Business Journal

Cheryl Isen outlines Fierce Inc.'s three transformational ideas and discusses how they can help you lead better by engineering change—one conversation at a time.
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Biz Times

Achieving Accountability

Small Business Times

An article on why Fierce Accountability delivers lasting results.
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Business Week Magazine

Entrepreneur Holiday Book Shelf

Business Week

Business School Professors place Fierce Conversations on the Business Week Entrepreneur Holiday Bookshelf for 2006/2007.
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Seattle PI

Companies, careers built or lost — one conversation at a time

Seattle P-I

Read Susan Scott's guest editorial in the Seattle Post Intelligencer's Business Section.
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