Should You Care More Than Your Boss?

Should You Care More Than Your Boss?
You’ve been in your job for awhile and you have a pretty good understanding of how things work and when the office is the busiest. Your new boss has only been there a few weeks and seems to be fairly low key. While you admire her approach, you are concerned about several looming deadlines for projects. For instance, the renewal for your agency’s primary grant funding is due next month. You know how important that is and how much time and energy it takes to complete it on time. ... Read more
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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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Excess Baggage

Excess Baggage
Your work day has not gone particularly well. It’s finally time to pack up to leave for home. You open your oversized messenger bag and start putting in all the annoyances and disappointments of the day. Into it goes that email from your co-worker saying she doesn’t have time to help you with that special project. And that message from your boss moving up a deadline. You add that frustrating exchange with a client, and that feeling of being left out when you saw two friends ... Read more
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Are Unfinished Tasks Making You Crazy?

Are Unfinished Tasks Making You Crazy?
Is anything worse than an unfinished task? It’s like a little leprechaun that sits on your shoulder day and night whispering a reminder that you should be doing it, that it still needs to be done. You try creative procrastination where you complete a less onerous task—go to the gym, pay bills, or handle a conference call. That makes you feel slightly better—at least you have accomplished something. But the leprechaun is still there. The longer you put it off, the harder it seems to ... Read more
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We Can Learn Diversity Tolerance From Millennials

We Can Learn Diversity Tolerance From Millennials
Sometimes when I’m watching a political program such as the Presidential debates or the morning talk shows, I wonder what young people are thinking regarding the tolerance level of our national leaders. It’s not just the big issues like building a wall or banning certain groups from coming to our country. It goes deeper than that. It is a constant pointing out of differences. it may be religion (for example, the “Bernie Sanders is Jewish” email exchange that created ... Read more
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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 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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What’s the Issue?

What’s the Issue?
Some researchers have reported that millennials are the most socially concerned group since the baby boomers came of age in the 60s. They are issue-oriented and care about each other and society at large. This commitment was highlighted by the support many of them showed for the Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his “social revolution.” Yet, when young people were interviewed about their support of Sanders, and asked which issues were most important, they ... 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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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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