things smart people won’t say out loud

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There are some things you simply never want to say at work.

There’s no taking them back once they slip out, either.

I’m not talking about shocking slips of the tongue, off-color jokes, or politically incorrect faux pas. These aren’t the only ways to make yourself look bad.

Often, it’s the subtle remarks–the ones that paint us as incompetent and unconfident–that do the most damage.

No matter how talented you are or what you’ve accomplished, there are certain phrases that instantly change the way people see you and can forever cast you in a negative light. These phrases are so loaded with negative implications that they undermine careers in short order.

How many of these career killers have you heard around the office lately?

1. “It’s not fair.”

Everyone knows that life isn’t fair. Saying “it’s not fair” suggests that you think life is supposed to be fair, which makes you look immature and naive.

If you don’t want to make yourself look bad, you need to stick to the facts, stay constructive, and leave your interpretation out of it. For instance, you could say, “I noticed that you assigned Ann that big project I was hoping for. Would you mind telling me what went into that decision? I’d like to know why you thought I wasn’t a good fit, so that I can work on improving those skills.”

2. “This is the way it’s always been done.”

Technology-fueled change is happening so fast that even a six-month-old process could be outdated. Saying “this is the way it’s always been done” not only makes you sound lazy and resistant to change…

The Roots of Europe’s Refugee Crisis

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As European leaders struggle to respond to the growing number of refugees crossing their countries’ borders, divisions persist among EU member states over how to manage the continent’s worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Meanwhile, the Arab region has come to host more than one-third of the world’s refugees, with Lebanon and Jordan under significant strain. War has forcibly displaced more than 12 million Syrians in the past four years alone.

In this Q&A, Carnegie experts trace the evolution of the crisis. They analyze how it is impacting political stability in the Middle East and Europe, and what leaders should do about it.

Read more at: http://carnegieeurope.eu/2015/10/01/roots-of-europe-s-refugee-crisis/iie3?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRohuajPZKXonjHpfsX66uskUK%2Bg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YUIRMp0aPyQAgobGp5I5FEIQ7XYTLB2t60MWA%3D%3D

Read more at: http://carnegieeurope.eu/2015/10/01/roots-of-europe-s-refugee-crisis/iie3?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRohuajPZKXonjHpfsX66uskUK%2Bg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YUIRMp0aPyQAgobGp5I5FEIQ7XYTLB2t60MWA%3D%3D


EU Gives Africa U.S.$2 Billion to Stop Migration

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Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are among African countries that will benefit from a $2.04 billion (€1.8 billion) emergency fund set up by the European Union to address the causes of migration and displacement of persons on the continent.

The fund, to be officially launched before the end of the year, will help the countries address socio-economic challenges that force people to migrate from their original homes.

“The EU will work to help African countries achieve economic development that tackles unemployment and prevents migration and radicalisation,” said the EU Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development Neven Mimica at a press briefing in Nairobi.

Other countries expected to benefit from the fund are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan. In the Sahel region and Lake Chad area, the beneficiaries will be Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal. In North Africa, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt will also be part of the group…

Source: EU Gives Africa U.S.$2 Billion to Stop Migration

Transportation | Narrowboat

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Follow Us On Twitter Description from photographer if any: Narrowboat on Llangollen canal By andydouglas Source: 500px.com

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Putin to Obama: Learn The Lessons Of Soviet History, “Social Experiments For Export” Do Not Work

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Originally posted on BLOGGING BAD: Gunny G:

Putin to Obama: Learn The Lessons Of Soviet History, “Social Experiments For Export” Do Not Work RCP Video ^ | 9-28-2015 Posted on 9/28/2015, 4:45:38 PM by Sir Napsalot At the UN General Assembly, Russian President Vladimir Putin says that President Obama needs to learn the lessons of history before intervening internationally, because “certain episodes from the history of the Soviet Union, social experiments for export, attempts to push for changes with other countries based on ideological preferences… often lead to tragic consequences.” “It seems that far from learning from the mistakes of others, everyone keeps repeating them,” Putin said. “And so the export of revolutions, this time of so-called democratic ones, continues. It was enough to look at the situation in the Middle and North Africa.” “But how did it actually turn out? Rather than bringing about reforms and addressing foreign interference, it resulted in a brazen destruction of…

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After Four Years of Failure in Syria, Obama Looks to Russia and Iran for Help

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Women Report They’re Not Having Sex As Much As They’d Like; Study Knocks Down Gender Stereotypes

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Which stereotypes about women and sex are false?

Source: Women Report They’re Not Having Sex As Much As They’d Like; Study Knocks Down Gender Stereotypes

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