Author Archives: Alex Knightley

Open Communication


With all the excitement and intrigue swirling around the office lately, I thought open communication in the workplace would be the perfect subject for this week’s blog post. I was all ready to get started, but then my dear friend Mr. Knightley insisted on taking over. Way to show initiative, Alex!

– Emma

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Ask Knightley: How to work with people you don’t like


Emma asked me to write today’s blog, and suggested I talk about this subject in particular. According to Emma, I’ve been “lecturing” about it a lot lately and should “make myself useful” by writing it down since I seem to know so much about it.  Which wasn’t the worst suggestion in the world, no matter how she meant it, so here goes.

This is a conversation that comes up a lot and with good reason, given the many different ways it can apply. Some weeks you end up spending more time with coworkers than with your friends and family.  In order to build a team atmosphere, offices often arrange extracurricular activities to encourage employees to socialize.  And if any part of your job includes customer interaction, it’s always nicer helping people you genuinely like, isn’t it?

It’s easier if you care about your job and the business is of personal interest to you – then at least you have something in common with those you work with and for.  Or if you’re newer to the workplace and your job right now is really all about just paying the bills, you might bond over your desire to achieve more.  But the sad truth is that at some point on the job, you will be forced to deal with people you don’t like, and how you handle them can have a direct effect on your career.  Still, there are ways to get through it without being miserable.

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Ask Knightley: Passion in the Workplace

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Thanks to everyone who sent in questions. As always, these answers are just my opinion – they are not necessarily Emma Approved – but hopefully some of you will find an alternate point of view to be helpful. Several of you asked questions about reconciling your interests with your careers, so I thought I’d focus on that today.

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Ask Knightley: Workplace Productivity

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This week, I thought I’d answer some questions about workplace productivity. Whether you’re just starting out or have been settled into a job for a few years, the knowledge of how you work best will make you a stronger, more effective employee at every stage of the game. But there’s no “one size fits all” answer when it comes to efficiency. Think of it like an athlete approaches training – everyone has to find the method that works best for themselves. With that in mind, here are a few things that have worked for me.

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Ask Knightley: Relationship Advice

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A lot of you asked questions about relationships, which I suppose makes sense since it’s a large part of what Emma does.  I can also see why it might be helpful to have a guy’s point of view once in a while.  But please keep in mind that these opinions are just my own.  I don’t represent all men everywhere or the Emma Approved mission statement.  This is just one ordinary guy’s point of view.  Here goes.

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When I said that I would answer questions about cooking, I didn’t realize that so many of you would take me up on it. I’ve enlisted my friend Annie, who’s an amazing chef and lifestyle expert, to help me out with a few of your questions, including actually writing out the recipes for some of my ideas. I’m a decent cook, but she’s a bit more knowledgeable and creative in the kitchen than I am.

Alexis in the kitchenAnnie showing off her mad culinary skills.

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Ask Knightley: Career Advice

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Thanks to everyone for responding to my request for questions. Good to know Emma (and the business) has an engaged, active readership. Several of you asked about topics that pertain to college and careers, so I thought I’d start with that. Here we go… Continue reading

2014: A New Day…or Should I Say Knight(ley)?


Welcome back everyone.
Hope your holiday celebrations were a blast.

It’s a new year, so we’ve got some new things happening on the blog. Emma is taking a break for personal reasons, so I’ll be filling in.

I’m new to this blogging thing – I’m usually more of a behind-the-scenes kinda guy – but I thought maybe it would be helpful to our readers to offer a different point of view on “upgrading your life.” Even though Emma thinks all I do is fill out spreadsheets and that I’m not of any use in the advice-giving department, I think that some of you might enjoy hearing about doing things in an organized, methodical fashion when you want to attain a goal.

So send me your questions either by posting on the comments or contacting me via twitter @AlexKnightleyEA. You can ask me about all the topics we cover on our site – relationships, professional life, cooking. Just not fashion. I don’t think any of you want me advising you on that.