Cynergy eNewsletter - June 2006    

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“My Two Cents” by Cindy Pickens – Cynergy
Good Gossip vs. Bad Gossip in the Workplace

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is more than a classic song. For many of us, it describes an important conduit for news at the office. With a little balance, sensitivity, and common sense, you can make the grapevine work for you in a positive way. (Read on)

Spring Cleaning: Tax Records You Can Throw Out
By: Judee Slack (Cynergy Web Cast Presenter)
SlackTax, Inc. -

Transform that mountain of papers into a molehill without fearing IRS wrath. Here's exactly what you need to keep -- and how long. (Read on)

Validate Critical Data
By: Successful Projects - a project management training company in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

My favorite project management mantra is “Validate Critical Data”. I don’t remember what wise teacher I learned this from but it is one of those sayings that rings through my head when I’m jumping into a new project. After many years it continues to be an important part of my project management success (when it is done right) and an unfortunate contributor to my project failures when it is neglected. Below are some keys to correctly validating critical data. (Read on)

Bite Your Tongue
By: Kelley Robertson
President of the Robertson Training Group

Most people don’t realize how powerful a negotiating tool silence is. I discovered exactly how effective as I recently observed someone discussing a deal with a prospective customer this past week. The customer started describing his situation and after a few moments he paused – briefly. It was an opportune time for the sales person to make a comment or talk about her product and service. However, she remained silent, sensing that the customer had more to say. Her intuition proved correct - a few seconds later he continued talking about his needs, and when he had finished discussing his point he paused. The sales person refrained from speaking and her customer began talking again. (Read on)

Helpful Hints, Word  - “I Just Need Some Space Right Now”
By: O'Shea Toran
Cynergy Guest Speaker CafeNet Training / Development / Operations Professional

If you ever need to put some space between your paragraphs or numbered/bulleted lists but don’t want to use the double space feature since it also affects your paragraph text? (Read on)

HR Alert - DOL Clarifies Outside Sales Exemption
By: Audrianne Adams Lee
HR NETwork, Inc.

To qualify for an exemption as an outside sales employee under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee’s sales should occur primarily in person away from both the worksite and any home office, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarified in an opinion letter released April 21.  (Read on)

The opinions expressed by Cynergy, its Executive Advisors, Affiliates and Associates are intended to be general in nature, mere suggestions and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant.