Category Archives: Psychology and People Skills

Tips on psychology and people skills: interacting with others and improving yourself.

Words and phrases that indicate the boss is lying

Interesting little article that you may want to check out before it disappears behind a subscribers-only wall: The Language of Lying by Canadian Newspaper Globe and Mail. It describes specific language patterns that executives use during their earnings reports to … Continue reading

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Candidate College: How to become a politician

Ever thought of running for a political office? This post will show you a video-taped conference where speakers, including successful politicians, try and give some advice about what to do and what to expect.  I also include summary notes if … Continue reading

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The Eight-Hour Year: a metaphor of new graduates and young workers

Have you ever been frustrated at a young hire in your office? “Kids these days! Schools don’t teach them anything! How can they keep making such stupid and obvious mistakes?” Or maybe instead, you are a person new and inexperienced … Continue reading

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Engineering Ethics and a Database of Cases

Let’s have a quick discussion about engineering ethics: what it is, why it’s important, and a database of ethical case rulings. I think this post might help you if you’re ever in an ethical conflict. In many places around the … Continue reading

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How to be a Star Engineer

Interesting little article I found: How to be a Star Engineer. What the [Bell Laboratories] wanted to know was: what separates the star from the average performer? Is it innate or can star performance be learned? Could a program to … Continue reading

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