Do You Really Know Yourself?

Do You Really Know Yourself?
To slightly paraphrase psychologist William James (1890), “Woman has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize her and carry an image of her in their mind.” Does that mean that our social selves differ from our “real” selves? If so, how different are they? We tend to think that when it comes to ourselves, we are experts, that we know how we will respond to a topic or react to a situation. We also believe we have some sort of “inner eye” ... Read more
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Moody Judy and the Terrible Workplace

Moody Judy and the Terrible Workplace
It’s extremely challenging—and all too common—to work in an environment where the tone is set on a daily basis by the boss’s mood. Most of us have been in work situations where we know when the best time to approach our supervisors is—when they are more likely to say yes, give helpful feedback, or respond positively. We also know when to stay away from them, tiptoe around their office, and remain invisible until they come out of their funk. We are all human and it’s impossible to expect ... Read more
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Building Your Power Base at Work

Building Your Power Base at Work
There are several factors that determine your power potential at work. These include relevance, visibility, decision-making ability, and power perks. Keep in mind, the goal should be “power to,” not “power over.” Does Your Job Have Relevance? Most of us begin our careers in entry level positions. While that may be expected, don’t assume that an entry level job can’t be relevant, or that an entry level job can’t lead to job progression. Begin by ... Read more
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Isn’t It Time You Set Some Real Goals?

Isn’t It Time You Set Some Real Goals?
Katie Ledecky just won her fourth gold medal at the Olympics. Before the games, she was asked what her goals were, and she calmly and, with conviction and confidence, said her goal was to win four golds. It didn’t even sound like much of a stretch goal when Ledecky said it, and she seemed to have no trouble achieving what she set out to do. While very few people will ever be Olympians, we each can be more successful in our own lives and in our work environments. Sometimes all it takes ... 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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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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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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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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Optics and Alcohol

Optics and Alcohol
Recently, a local newspaper had a special section on charity events. The majority of the events reported were fund raising galas. Looking at the newspaper page as a whole, several things jumped out. First, was that most of the pictures had attractive young women in them. Often there was a man in the center of the photograph with his arms around young women pulled close to his body. The caption for each picture could have been “Senator So-and-So and his girls,” or “Big Boss ... Read more
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