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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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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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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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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