The Goodbye Email

The Goodbye Email
Millions of people leave their jobs every year. Few of them write memorable good-bye emails—at least not ones that are remembered positively. What makes a good leaving note? It’s probably brief, to the point, and quick to be deleted. There are a few essentials—date of last day, future contact information, and a general thank you or sentiment that it’s been a pleasure or good experience. While the guidelines for how to do it are few, there are numerous guidelines for how not to ... Read more
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Getting the Green Light for Your Project

Getting the Green Light for Your Project
Your team prepared an innovative proposal for the boss. You put in long hours and worked hard to get it completed. You are excited by the idea and you think you have made a great case for moving forward. Yet, days have turned into weeks and no decision has been handed down. You know the boss has a busy schedule, but doesn’t your team deserve an answer?  What takes so long to make a decision anyway? Some bosses are simply more efficient than others. Some make quick decisions while ... Read more
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Are you Dwelling in Mediocrity?

Are you Dwelling in Mediocrity?
As a kid you had dreams—dreams of what you were going to do with your life. These dreams were likely refined as you grew up, finished college, and got a job. All along, you hoped your efforts were leading to bigger and better things. You probably never once expressed a desire to achieve mediocrity. Few people want a mediocre job or life, yet the place called Mediocrity might be where you temporarily find yourself living. The word “mediocre” comes from a combination of ancient ... Read more
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I Love to Work. What’s Wrong With That?

I Love to Work. What’s Wrong With That?
Many years ago, labor laws were put into effect to regulate work hours and conditions. Overtime became a common term. In recent decades, we have watched the required work week for most employees decrease from 40+ hours to 37 or even 35 hours per week. There are exceptions. If you own your own business, a standard work week may not apply. Many businesses require long hours and need attention seven days a week. Then there are quite a few people today who can’t get by on one salary, so ... Read more
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Everyone Does It

Everyone Does It
It can be easy to fall into bad habits at work. This is especially so if your workplace offers some flexibility. Common areas of abuse include start and stop times, shopping online, padding expense accounts, and misusing leave time. If you work in an urban area with high traffic and public transportation, start and stop work times can be variable. Perhaps company policy lists business operating hours as 9-5, but you can flex and arrive as early as 8 and leave at 4, or start at 10 and be in ... Read more
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Speak Softly and Wear Lipstick

Speak Softly and Wear Lipstick
Trump has never seemed older than he did this week when he said he was having a hard time getting beyond Hillary’s shouting. His comments seemed like a throw back to behaviors of many decades past when girls when supposed to be seen, not heard. A time when girls who were “tomboys” might be tolerated, but were a bit of an embarrassment to their families. When girls didn’t engage in organized sports but stood on the sidelines cheering on their boyfriends (and, by the ... Read more
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Applying Lessons from the Political Playbook to Your Workplace Promotion Campaign

Applying  Lessons from the Political Playbook to Your Workplace Promotion Campaign
Most of us have our daily routine. Due to our habits, our days are generally predictable. We drive the same route, or take the same train or bus to and from work. We eat lunch at the same places, and if we’re disciplined enough, follow an exercise regimen. These consistencies make life and work  comfortable. If you are trying to get ahead at work, however, staying in your comfort zone may not be the answer. Instead, take some lessons from current political campaigns, and find a way to ... Read more
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Some Conversations are Harder Than Others

Some Conversations are Harder Than Others
April 16 is a day to take action. It is the date each year that is designated National Health Care Decisions Day, a day to review and document the type of care you would want if you were too ill or incapacitated to make your healthcare or end of life care wishes known. If you are thinking, “I’m young and healthy, I don’t need to know this,” think again. Every year, healthy young adults are involved in traffic accidents, skiing accidents, and falls while hiking. They ... Read more
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Raising Your Own Expectations Can Be the Motivating Factor You Need

Raising Your Own Expectations Can Be the Motivating Factor You Need
How often have you been in a work situation where the boss or supervisor announces a team goal. It may be the annual fund raising goal, or the number of clients to be seen, or the number of attendees for a conference. Sometimes the goal seems realistic and quite doable; sometimes it’s a stretch goal that you are immediately skeptical of achieving. How does your personal psychology, commitment, and enthusiasm change depending on the expectation your boss puts forth? What about ... Read more
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Do Something Bigger Than Yourself

Do Something Bigger Than Yourself
Does the phrase “community service” bring a groan? Is it a high school memory with negative connotations? Were you forced into community service by scholastic requirements or by the need to bolster your college application? If so, it may be time to take another look. Perhaps you didn’t have the right fit before. Maybe you love children, but ended up working in a facility for older people. Or you dislike sales, and ended up in charge of selling tickets for an agency special ... Read more
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