'The Office' to 'Mad Men': TV Guide to Career Advice - Lesson 6 of 8

Last Updated Sep 20, 2010 12:59 PM EDT

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Jeff Probst (CBS)

  • Lesson: Stay above the fray

He’s the only man returning to the show season after season after season. Why? Because he doesn’t get involved in personal spats. (OK, so he’s not a contestant and it’s just a TV show, but hear us out.) McKee says this ability to avoid office politics and not make work interactions too emotional makes him a good manager. “It’s very important to remember that it’s just business,” says McKee. “Taking things personally can cause us to make poor decisions, even fail to deliver what we’re paid to do.”

Especially in this economy, McKee adds, you need to focus on results — not personality. Be like Probst, and you just might stick around to next season.

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