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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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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Do Something Bigger Than Yourself

Do Something Bigger Than Yourself
Does the phrase “community service” bring a groan? Is it a high school memory with negative connotations? Were you forced into community service by scholastic requirements or by the need to bolster your college application? If so, it may be time to take another look. Perhaps you didn’t have the right fit before. Maybe you love children, but ended up working in a facility for older people. Or you dislike sales, and ended up in charge of selling tickets for an agency special ... 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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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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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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High Achievers May Not Make the Best Mentors

High Achievers May Not Make the Best Mentors
Sometimes a mentor just seems to materialize. A professor takes an interest in something you have written or a research project you have completed. You find her supportive and encouraging. She is helpful with career advice and is happy to serve as a reference when you are applying for your first professional job. Other mentors may be found at work. Your first supervisor may help you adjust to the professional workplace and may help you recognize your potential. If you are an engaged ... Read more
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Your Office Needs to Grow Up Too

Your Office Needs to Grow Up Too
When you were a teenager, you probably had a bedroom that reflected your teenage interests. Maybe you had movie and concert posters and pictures of your favorite singer and of all your friends. Your college dorm room may not have been too different. Perhaps you switched to travel posters, playbills from shows you had seen, and memorabilia that related to your college or university. Now you have an office. It might be an 8 by 10 cubicle or a regular office. There may be two desks, or if you ... Read more
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