Transfer of Power and Transfer of Responsibility

Transfer of Power and Transfer of Responsibility
Regardless of political affiliation, many women, especially those age 50 and above, were disappointed that Hillary Clinton wasn’t able to crack that glass ceiling once and for all. It’s an effort that has been underway since Shirley Chisholm ran for President in 1972.  It’s easy to say, “We’ll get it the next time,” but we all know that’s a long shot. As we watch the transfer of power in Washington, perhaps it is also time for a transfer of ... Read more
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Managing Everyday Problems

Managing Everyday Problems
In health care, there is a concept called “Activities of Daily Living.” It’s a measure of whether someone is capable of self care and includes activities such as bathing, dressing and eating meals. On patient charts, this is abbreviated as ADLs. Perhaps a similar concept is appropriate for managing “problems in living” or PDLs. We all have them, and many problems we face are unexpected—things like a flat tire or car trouble, sickness requiring high co-pays for ... Read more
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Workplace Adulthood

Workplace Adulthood
There are many old sayings about indicators of adult behavior:  taking responsibility for your actions (or inactions), pulling your own weight at home and work, being able to carry money (or a debit card in today’s world) without spending it, or giving back to your community. Your family probably had other phrases that you heard over and over again as you grew up. Without realizing it, you more than likely internalized many of them, and they helped form your character. Now you have a ... Read more
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Keeping Perspective When Things Go Wrong

Keeping Perspective When Things Go Wrong
Recently, while driving past a motel that is used to temporarily house low-income families, I noticed a small wreath that had been hung on the door of one of the units. It stood out because it was a bright spot on such a dull structure. I couldn’t help but wonder who had put it there. A mother trying to make the place  more cheerful for her children over the holidays?  A widow who came across a box of old decorations?  A single person trying to keep his spirits up? The image and the ... Read more
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How Do You Work with the Office Tweaker?

How Do You Work with the Office Tweaker?
You probably know someone who can never let well enough alone, who always has a way to do something better or differently or more? These individuals drive friends, family, and coworkers crazy because their projects and plans never quite get finished. They are continually tweaking things. Tweakers struggle with minutiae. For them, the big picture gets eclipsed by the details, and instead of controlling the project, they get stuck trying to control relatively unimportant tasks. These are the ... Read more
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Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.

Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.
The first time I read Samuel Beckett’s quote “Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better” I did not fully understand it or grasp the importance of those words. As a young social worker, a client painted this quote for me. It took years (and mistakes, setbacks, and disappointments) for the meaning of this sentiment to fully sink in. I was reminded of this quote again this week, upon hearing that Hillary Clinton would not be our first female President. Despite all of our hope—and arguably our need—to ... 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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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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If Change is Coming to your Workplace, Capitalize on It

If Change is Coming to your Workplace, Capitalize on It
We all recognize that organizations are usually resistant to change. They seem to embrace the status quo, and new ways of doing things are discouraged. Yet, business organizations have to adapt to survive. Also, in today’s ever- evolving world, organizational stasis is almost impossible to maintain. To be successful during organizational change, you need to be able to live with uncertainty and to let go of the past. Adaptability is key whether we are looking at an organism or an ... Read more
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Can You Hear What I Hear?

Can You Hear What I Hear?
The first time you heard your recorded voice, you were probably a bit surprised. Perhaps your voice was softer or louder than you expected, or you sounded tentative, or little girl-like, or shrill.  Maybe you spoke rapidly or found that you dropped the “ing” on words. Or you used fillers like “um,” or your accent was more pronounced than you realized? In addition to volume and tone. what you say is as important as how you say it. Since most of us are creatures of ... Read more
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