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Sucking Up to the Boss Can Work — But Backfire

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  • On November 18, 2009

Bosses are now told to praise down because paychecks are no longer enough to motivate employees. But praising up can be problematic, USA TODAY reports: of 22 CEOs interviewed, 17 said brown-nosing never helped their careers, but 20 said employees should compliment the boss if they are sincere about it. “Women are way way better at it because they are more subtle, more facile half-truth tellers,” says Just Ask a Woman CEO Mary Lou Quinlan.

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