Keep Your Hands to Yourself and Not All Over Me!

John Travolta too up close at the 2015 Oscars?

John Travolta too up close at the 2015 Oscars?

It was hard to miss the spectacle of Vice President Joe Biden at the swearing-in-ceremony for the new Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter. The Veep’s hands were clasping the shoulders of the Secretary’s wife, Stephanie Carter, while he appeared to be whispering “sweet nothings” in her ear.

Biden’s behavior was inappropriate. What was he thinking? We wonder how he would react if the situation was reversed and Secretary Carter was all over Jill Biden?

That’s No Way to Behave

Twitter and the news media were on it immediately with the hashtag #creepyveepy. Mr. Biden once again opened himself up to ridicule. This newest incident added to his record of gaffes. Watch the video …Read more…

You Mean You’re Not Perfect? Join the Crowd

Why do we always feel we need to be perfect? It’s so unrealistic. We know that, but there’s always something about ourselves that we feel detracts from our appearance and diminishes our authority.

Maybe you feel that way, because you’ve gained a few extra pounds, or are height-challenged (a euphemism for short). But you’ve got to get over it if …Read more…

Why it’s Not OK to Tell a Little White Lie, Brian Williams

Dear Brian Williams: say it isn’t so.NewYorkPost3

But it’s too late because you already lied in the story you told about being in a helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in 2003. You weren’t.

That “little” white lie should end up with Williams losing his job. He’s already taken a leave and NBC has launched an investigation of his other reporting, including whether he saw a body floating by his hotel room in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

We love to listen to stories, but feel betrayed when the storyteller isn’t telling the truth. …Read more…

Brush Up on Your Small Talk if You Want to Land That Dream Job

Bloomberg SurveyCommunication skills and the ability to engage in “small talk” is the #1 asset for job candidates according to a survey conducted by BloombergBusiness. That’s also sound advice for working executives and those who want to advance in their organizations.

Small Talk is an Ice Breaker

The next two most important assets cited in the study are analytical skills and the ability to work collaboratively. It’s not surprising that communication skills and small talk are essential to working collaboratively.

Small talk isn’t a waste of time. It plays an important role in establishing an emotional connection in one-on-one conversations and also among team members. Individuals can feel each other out before beginning a substantive discussion. …Read more…