Keeping staff motivated starts with good manners and ends with a positive workplace environment.

Whether you are a grizzled human resources veteran or a bright-eyed newbie, these five resources can help you find success at people management.

Selling to CEOs may seem daunting, especially if you don't have a strategy to break through gatekeeper screening. Here are seven can't-miss strategies for reaching a CEO and supercharging your sales and business-development efforts.

Many professionals haven't clearly defined why they are getting on social networking sites. It's more important than ever to understand your reasons for showing up. As you add value and gain credibility on these sites, you'll activate trust in your followers. Value, credibility, and trust are the main components that turn an observer to a follower, a follower to a fan, a fan to a lead, and a lead into a client.

Everyone faces challenges on the job. Did you know that you can turn those challenges into resume accomplishments? Fill your resume with accomplishments and you'll have employers eager to call you for interviews. Learn this three-step method for turning challenges into resume achievements.

The way you talk about your competition to your prospects says more about you than about your competition.

Do you know what your purpose is? This alone is the foundation of time management. Without a purpose, or goal, you are wondering around aimlessly and wasting time. Your time is ticking away. Is effective time management something you would like your life to benefit from?

Sales people invest their time on activities that drive their compensation. Plain and simple. The thought that sales people will actively and consistently perform activities that are not in their best financial interests is naive. What if the Management Behavioral Objective concept was applied to sales compensation? What if you created a Sales Behavioral Objective?

We've all heard stories of job candidates who looked great on paper but were absolute disasters in person. With fewer interview opportunities available in this competitive market, it's essential to make the best possible first impression. Learn from the mistakes of others and avoid the top 10 worst interview blunders.

There are two skills that separate successful sales professionals and businesses from all the others. They are a great attitude and taking ownership of the customer's problems, needs, and wants. Always deliver more than the customer expects and more than you promised.