Has Your Expertise Made You Rigid?

Has Your Expertise Made You Rigid?
You’re smart. You have some great skills and you are anxious to apply them at your new workplace. What you have trouble accepting are the outdated systems and the ineptitude of some of your coworkers. There are easier and faster ways to do things. Why can’t others recognize this? Why can’t others get up to speed or get out of the way? Don’t they realize you are an expert? Stop for a minute to think how you and your thinking might be coming across to others. Would ... Read more
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Approaching the Point of No Return at Work

Approaching the Point of No Return at Work
Today the phrase “Crossing the Rubicon'” is used in a variety of ways (think Jeep Rubicon, a popular car choice.) In case you have forgotten the historical origin, it refers to a choice made by Julius Caesar in 49 BC when he crossed the Rubicon River, a geographic boundary that he was forbidden by Roman law from bridging. Today we use the phrase to mean “a point of no return.” There are rubicons in our lives are formed by laws, rules, oaths, and promises. Our ... Read more
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Who is Managing Your Talent?

Who is Managing Your Talent?
“Talent management” entered the common organizational lexicon about 2001. It’s a human resource concept that includes everything done “to recruit, retain, develop, reward, and make people perform” so that an organization can reach its business goals. Talent management focuses on an employee’s potential and how that can be developed to ensure a return on investment for the employer. The term may sound impersonal, but organizations spend significant dollars ... Read more
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Are You Ready for Self-Management at Work?

Are You Ready for Self-Management at Work?
I’m a fan of Zappos online shoes. I especially like the ease of the ordering process and the customer service. Therefore, I was interested when I saw an article about Zappos in Fortune Magazine. I was especially intrigued to read about the Zappos CEO instituting  holacracy. Holacracy can be loosely defined as a management system where traditional hierarchical systems are replaced by a distribution of power among self-organizing groups and overlapping work circles. Individuals, in ... Read more
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Being a Positive Part of Organizational Change (Part 2)

Being a Positive Part of Organizational Change (Part 2)
We all know how hard it can be to be part of a change effort at work. Even when we believe the proposed change is desirable, we may feel uncertain and suspicious. Most of us do not immediately think in terms of the “greater good” for our organizations such as a streamlined corporation with fewer staff, reduced benefits, or a better bottom line for stockholders. As soon as change is suggested, our thoughts go to, “What does it mean for me personally?” The first thing ... Read more
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Change, Even Positive Change, is Hard (Part 1)

Change, Even Positive Change, is Hard (Part 1)
There are different levels of change. There is the micro level (I must change.) There is the organizational level (we must change.) And there is the macro level (everyone must change). You have almost total control over your personal life, yet think how difficult it is to change a habit, to eat better, to exercise more, or to be kinder. At the other end of the spectrum, macro change is external. Global warming, for example, mandates change for all of us. In between the micro and the macro ... Read more
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When Your Problems Create Problems

When Your Problems Create Problems
Sometimes our problems seem to pile up, and our lives become complex, even difficult. For example, your car breaks down  and it needs to be in the garage for a few days. You can take public transportation, but you will need to miss the afternoon staff meeting in order to catch the last train home. Your boss will not like that. Or you have broken up with your partner, and he (or she) keeps calling you at work despite your request that the calls stop. The office receptionist is annoyed at the ... Read more
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Celebrating Social Work Leadership

Celebrating Social Work Leadership
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams 6th President of the United States March is National Social Work Month, and we are especially happy to acknowledge the important and meaningful work of social workers all across our nation. Social work is one of the helping professions. Social workers provide individual counseling and support services in settings such as schools, communities, hospitals, ... Read more
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Failing at Leadership Can Make You a Stronger Leader

Failing at Leadership Can Make You a Stronger Leader
You have been told by colleagues and mentors that you have leadership potential. You realize that leaders are made, not born, and for the past year or two you have been honing your leadership skill set. You’ve done a lot of reading and observing. You have taken leadership seminars and inventories. You can’t wait to put what you have learned to work. Finally, the opportunity arises. You are assigned the job of project leader. You are given a great deal of flexibility, but there ... Read more
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Can Decluttering Lead to Happiness and Success?

Can Decluttering Lead to Happiness and Success?
The concept of decluttering has caught national fire. Two recent best-selling books describe how your life will change and be filled with joy if only you “tidy up.” Compared to other countries, Americans do have too much stuff.  We are a consumer society, and most of us want the latest trends and newest gadgets (think iPhones). We have attics, basements, and garages crammed with stuff. Since our apartments and houses are full, we purchase storage sheds and pay costly rental fees ... Read more
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