Some Conversations are Harder Than Others

Some Conversations are Harder Than Others
April 16 is a day to take action. It is the date each year that is designated National Health Care Decisions Day, a day to review and document the type of care you would want if you were too ill or incapacitated to make your healthcare or end of life care wishes known. If you are thinking, “I’m young and healthy, I don’t need to know this,” think again. Every year, healthy young adults are involved in traffic accidents, skiing accidents, and falls while hiking. They ... Read more
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Raising Your Own Expectations Can Be the Motivating Factor You Need

Raising Your Own Expectations Can Be the Motivating Factor You Need
How often have you been in a work situation where the boss or supervisor announces a team goal. It may be the annual fund raising goal, or the number of clients to be seen, or the number of attendees for a conference. Sometimes the goal seems realistic and quite doable; sometimes it’s a stretch goal that you are immediately skeptical of achieving. How does your personal psychology, commitment, and enthusiasm change depending on the expectation your boss puts forth? What about ... 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 What you have trouble accepting are the outdated systems and the ineptitude of some of your coworkers.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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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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Being a Positive Part of Organizational Change (Part 2)

Being a Positive Part of Organizational Change (Part 2)
We all know how hard it can be to be part of a change effort at work. Even when we believe the proposed change is desirable, we may feel uncertain and suspicious. Most of us do not immediately think in terms of the “greater good” for our organizations such as a streamlined corporation with fewer staff, reduced benefits, or a better bottom line for stockholders. As soon as change is suggested, our thoughts go to, “What does it mean for me personally?” The first thing ... Read more
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Change, Even Positive Change, is Hard (Part 1)

Change, Even Positive Change, is Hard (Part 1)
There are different levels of change. There is the micro level (I must change.) There is the organizational level (we must change.) And there is the macro level (everyone must change). You have almost total control over your personal life, yet think how difficult it is to change a habit, to eat better, to exercise more, or to be kinder. At the other end of the spectrum, macro change is external. Global warming, for example, mandates change for all of us. In between the micro and the macro ... Read more
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When Your Problems Create Problems

When Your Problems Create Problems
Sometimes our problems seem to pile up, and our lives become complex, even difficult. For example, your car breaks down  and it needs to be in the garage for a few days. You can take public transportation, but you will need to miss the afternoon staff meeting in order to catch the last train home. Your boss will not like that. Or you have broken up with your partner, and he (or she) keeps calling you at work despite your request that the calls stop. The office receptionist is annoyed at the ... Read more
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