Are Self-Imposed Boundaries Imprisoning Your Career?

Are Self-Imposed Boundaries Imprisoning Your Career?
We are all subject to boundaries of many types—geographic boundaries, legal boundaries, various rules and regulations, and the boundaries of good taste. All of these are essential to a well-functioning society. There are other boundaries, though, that are not essential, nor even useful. Many of these are self-imposed. Think, for a moment, about personal boundaries you have erected for yourself. Do they help or hinder you?  Do they have a positive effect, or are they limiting? Sometimes we ... Read more
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Can You Hear What I Hear?

Can You Hear What I Hear?
The first time you heard your recorded voice, you were probably a bit surprised. Perhaps your voice was softer or louder than you expected, or you sounded tentative, or little girl-like, or shrill.  Maybe you spoke rapidly or found that you dropped the “ing” on words. Or you used fillers like “um,” or your accent was more pronounced than you realized? In addition to volume and tone. what you say is as important as how you say it. Since most of us are creatures of ... Read more
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Can Success Be Singular?

Can Success Be Singular?
The Olympics begin soon. They are an exciting example of what athletes can achieve with commitment and years of hard work. We are sometimes awestruck to see a longstanding record broken or when we watch a team or individual recover from what looked like certain defeat. We also might wonder what it feels like to be considered the best in the world as an athlete, to stand on that podium and have the gold medal put around your neck. During the broadcasts, we hear back stories of determination, ... Read more
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But Can She Type?

But Can She Type?
As a young professional woman in the early 70s, it was difficult to find women leaders at the national and international levels, During that time, I came across a poster with a picture of Golda Meir who had been elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. She was holding her purse on her lap, and she looked kind and grandmotherly. What was most remarkable about the poster was the caption which read, “But can she type?” Perhaps one had to be a feminist to understand the ... Read more
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Give Credit, But Take Some Too

Give Credit, But Take Some Too
Since you were small, teachers,  coaches and others have emphasized the importance of teamwork. By now, the concept is well ingrained. Whether you love or hate team projects, there is no escaping them, and you have probably found a way to manage through teamwork chaos. Generally, everyone brings talent to the team. Some members are good thinkers or planners. Some write well or are good at budgets. Some are expert at time management and can help the team meet required deadlines. There are ... Read more
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Trusting Your Career GPS

Trusting Your Career GPS
Travel has become easier since the availability of GPS systems. No longer do you have to spend time figuring out directions or trying to actually read a map. Just put in the address and away you go. When you begin a trip, you know the desired destination. It might be as simple as the closest drugstore or a cabin ten states away. Your GPS assesses traffic flow and fairly accurately determines your arrival time. You also are given step-by-step instructions and plenty of advanced warning when ... Read more
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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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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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