The extent to which someone perceives he or she has a supportive relationship with a manager is one of 12 factors that lead to intentions to perform at a higher level. If some of your reporting relationships aren’t what they should be, here's a roadmap to creating the type of working relationships that meet the needs of employees, leaders, and the organization as a whole.
Last Friday, while on a weekly conference call, an issue generated enough heat to make one of the participants angry enough to leave the meeting. The meeting then proceeded without him (BTW: unless you are the boss, remember things don't stop just because you decide you aren't going to participate!).
Smartphones are getting smarter, and telepresence robots are hitting the mainstream--create a mashup and you get Elfoid, a "phone" that can also share emotions via a mini-me bot you keep in your pocket.