Your To-Do List May Be Holding You Back

Your To-Do List May Be Holding You Back
Do you keep a list? Is it on your cell phone, or laptop, or perhaps, even on paper? Do you update it on a daily or weekly (or hourly) basis? Are there categories such as long term and short term goals?  Do you divide it by work projects, social engagements, and personal items, or is it all jumbled together? Do you love crossing things off your list, or do you just put things on your list and forget about them? Importantly, is your list functional and useful, or does it make you more and ... Read more
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Tell Me About Your Health Insurance

Tell Me About Your Health Insurance
You have just been offered a new job. You ask about the salary, the probation period, and vacation time. The human resources representative mentions there is also  a health insurance plan, but you are young and healthy, and it doesn’t seem nearly as important as the other benefits. Aren’t most health plans fairly alike any way? Actually, no. Health plans are quite variable. As someone prominent said quite recently, “Who knew health insurance was so complex?” You may ... Read more
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Are You Tired of Shape Shifting at Work?

Are You Tired of Shape Shifting at Work?
Do you have a different personality at work than you have when you are at home?  Would your work colleagues fail to recognize you on weekends? I don’t simply mean what you wear or a lack of make-up, but are you nicer, more fun, calmer, or more energetic on Saturdays and Sundays? If so, why can’t you carry those positive weekend personality traits over into the work week? What causes you to transform from the real you to the work you, to slip into your work persona, every Monday? ... Read more
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Are You Really Asking for Feedback?

Are You Really Asking for Feedback?
One of the criticisms that we hear repeatedly is that the millennial generation wants constant feedback. Frequently, an accompanying statement is that they can’t handle criticism. So what are they really looking for? Praise? Direction? Attention? Mentoring? Access? Clarity? Context? Validation? All of these? Something else? While generalizing about any group is always dangerous, are there some commonalities that can be identified? We know that those in the younger workforce tend to be ... Read more
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Is Face-to-Face Networking Really Necessary?

Is Face-to-Face Networking Really Necessary?
You’re a networking whiz. You have “likes” and followers galore—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, even Pinterest. Everyone knows you, everyone that is except for colleagues throughout your organization or professional field. You remember them. They are the ones who identify the up-and-coming talent, and who make decisions about promotions and opportunities for growth and advancement. They don’t spend their time trolling the web or evaluating personal posts of ... 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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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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Belief Bending

Belief Bending
We all arrive at adulthood with some things we believe as absolute truths and firm rules.  Some of these we learned from our families. Perhaps some were learned in religious training or in educational programs. For example, you may believe all people are basically good, and that forgiveness is a virtue. You may believe that everyone deserves a second chance, or you may think some actions are so egregious that there is no recovery from them. Similarly, you may or may not believe people can ... Read more
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When Your Boss Sees You as Competition

When Your Boss Sees You as Competition
There are probably few things harder to manage in the workplace than having a boss who considers you to be a competitor rather than a colleague. This may have little to do with your actual behavior or performance. Instead, it occurs when an insecure boss realizes how smart or how competent you are. Perhaps your good reputation preceded you, or you are better educated, hold more degrees, or have received more public recognition. Maybe you simply have worked hard and are on a fast track. Now, ... Read more
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Selling Yourself

Selling Yourself
It’s impossible to turn on your television or any news channel and not see and hear Presidential candidates talking about themselves and their accomplishments. They all claim outstanding records. They explain away any failures or inconsistencies in their past records. They take credit for a huge variety of successes from solving international crises to assisting small communities during difficult times. Regardless of fact checkers disputing what the candidates claim, they continue ... Read more
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