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 What you have trouble accepting are the outdated systems and the ineptitude of some of your coworkers.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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Eight Tips for Holding onto Spring Momentum

Eight Tips for Holding onto Spring Momentum
For those of us who live in geographic areas with changing seasons, May is a magical month. Winter has finally ended. The days lengthen. Flowers, leaves, and birds appear again. Spring is filled with hope and renewed vitality. For awhile, most people experience  a boost in both mood and productivity. What would it be like if you could maintain your Spring momentum? Could you focus better, accomplish more, and achieve a desirable work-life balance? Would you be better organized, more ... Read more
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The Importance of Self Awareness & Self Care for Success As A Nonprofit Professional

The Importance of Self Awareness & Self Care for Success As A Nonprofit Professional
If you read my last post, you know that understanding your own needs in supervision and your organization’s culture are significant factors in your success as a new nonprofit professional. In Part Two, you’ll learn the importance of self-awareness and self care in achieving your career goals. You’ve started your new job and begun learning the organization’s policies and procedures. You’re beginning to understand how your position fits in with the mission you and your team are working to ... Read more
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Things New Nonprofit Professionals Should Consider (Part One)

Things New Nonprofit Professionals Should Consider (Part One)
You’ve graduated from college and/or grad school and landed your dream job making a difference at your local nonprofit. You’re ready to change the world – and you will! Here are two factors to consider which will lead to your long-term success in the rewarding world of nonprofit work. Know what you need in supervision. Supervision is one of the most crucial elements of your success as a new nonprofit professional. It’s important to think about what you need from the start. The easiest way ... Read more
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A Frog a Day Takes the Procrastination Away

A Frog a Day Takes the Procrastination Away
Mark Twain once advised to “eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” This may seem like a strange sentiment but it can unlock significant productivity power in your work day. I actually have a sign in my office reminding me to eat the frog, and I’m constantly questioned about it’s meaning. We all have frogs—those things we simply dread doing. Frogs are the items on your to-do list that make you cringe. They must get done although ... Read more
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