Win Over an Opponent by Asking for Advice

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Whether it’s a high-stakes monetary negotiation or winning support for a proposal, the simple gesture of soliciting advice can make you more likeable, encourage your counterpart to see your perspective, and rally commitment. The beauty of this approach is that it costs so little.  So as you plan your next negotiation, consider how a targeted […]

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The First Days of a New Tenure-Track Faculty Job

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This is the season when some lucky ones preparing for new jobs in the fall. A few people have asked me what to expect, so I imagine even more are wondering. I’m writing from my own experience (starting 2.5 new faculty jobs), and yours have been different, so please do comment. What can you expect from […]

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57 Ways to Sign Off on an Email

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Of course, you’ve all read Send and have a firm grounding in email etiquette.  Now it’s time for a special seminar.  The topic?  Closings, the often overlooked cherry on the email sundae. Susan Adams at Forbes writes: Here are my four rules for signing off on emails: Don’t include quotes. Avoid oversized corporate logos. Sometimes […]

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How to Talk to People Who Don't Want to Talk to You

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“You’re more interested in what you have to say than anyone else is,” said 60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney. Do any of these sound familiar? “I’m busy. Can you come back later?” “Thanks. We’ve got it covered.” “We don’t have the budget for that.” You’ve probably heard all the above: par for the course when trying […]

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Rock Talk: PubMed Gets Interactive

Rebecca Helton, MA

Today NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) is bringing a new way of sharing and exchanging research information, fully integrated with the PubMed website, to a wider audience. For the last few months, NLM has been running a pilot of a commenting system for PubMed’s massive database of biomedical literature. The system, PubMed Commons, allows […]

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On Declining Gracefully

Rebecca Helton, MA

As the new semester begins, so come the invitations to serve on this committee or be part of that grant.  Trying to figure out graceful ways to decline?  Give our link of the week a shot: You Are So Kind to Think of Me The Chronicle of Higher Education My last post focused on when […]

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How to Be Polite

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Most of us know what it takes to be polite in the moment.  Paul Ford argues that politeness over time–consistently, deeply–is far more important.  It benefits us, it benefits our institutions, and ultimately it benefits the world. “Politeness buys you time. It leaves doors open. I’ve met so many people whom, if I had trusted […]

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