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We talk about collaboration today more than teamwork. Teams are relatively stable groups but there is more need now for temporary teams, collaboration between disparate individuals who work together, even remotely, on short projects.

Excuses are self-defeating. They get in the way of our success by letting us off the hook, making life easier for us when we should be facing up to a challenge.

People at work struggle with similar issues that get in the way of their effectiveness. A single problem underlies most of their struggles: an imbalance between self-reliance and interdependence. We value self-reliance for good reason: we need to achieve as individuals for the sake of our personal identity, confidence and career advancement.

Frustrated with the slow pace of your career advancement? No obvious job openings in sight? And you aren’t really sure what you would like to do next anyway?

Managing anxiety at work requires a good level of emotional intelligence to get beyond denial: to recognize it, understand what causes it and how it affects us.

Are you waiting for your manager to engage you? If you were a business would you wait for customers to come to you or would you seek them out?

Do you feel guilty for saying no? Do you say yes but take on too much as a result? Or, maybe you find it easy to say no but you annoy or hurt people in the process.

The new broomNewly hired senior executives are failing fast. But the increased pressure to achieve results immediately could be self-defeating if incoming executives try too hard and, as the "new broom," sweep away people who could help them succeed.

Do you have to push yourself to develop important relationships at work? Many see it as a necessary evil, a time-consuming diversion from doing real work.

We are told that delegation is the key management tool for getting work done through people. With all the pressure to do more with less, managers should be good at delegation. But this is unfortunately not true.