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Be nice - It’s one of the best career moves you can make

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2008 | 9:22 PM ET

By Robin Koval
Whether you’re an employee or manager, being nice is one of the best moves you can make. I’ve experienced this first-hand throughout my career. And aside from great ideas, nice has

been the secret to The Kaplan Thaler Group’s success -- it’s what helped make us the fastest-growing advertising agency in the U.S. with over a $1 billion in billings.

No matter what your level, mean is SO last millennium. Nice is what helps you and your business get ahead.

When you’re a nice employee, you’re a true team member and share credit with the folks on your team. This makes people consider you a “go-to” person, they’ll have your back, support you, and you’ll get promoted.

A nice boss is tough on the issues and never on the individual. She sweats the little details (it’s amazing what a “thank you” note can do), and she also shuts up and listens. When you combine these things, you create a work environment where employees feel valued and comfortable speaking up. You keep top talent around when employees want to stay at your company.

And don’t forget we live in the digital age – in cyberspace, everyone has a voice, and there’s no delete button. When you’re a nice boss, you’ll never have to worry about finding yourself on a website like mybadboss.com.

At the end of the day, being a nice boss means you’ll get ahead, advance your career and grow your business. When you think about it, it’s pretty logical -- people want to do business with you when they like you.

So when you’re contemplating your next career move, no matter what you’ll be doing or where you’ll be going, just remember to practice the power of nice.

Simply put, it pays to be nice.

Robin Koval