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 What you have trouble accepting are the outdated systems and the ineptitude of some of your coworkers.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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Failing at Leadership Can Make You a Stronger Leader

Failing at Leadership Can Make You a Stronger Leader
You have been told by colleagues and mentors that you have leadership potential. You realize that leaders are made, not born, and for the past year or two you have been honing your leadership skill set. You’ve done a lot of reading and observing. You have taken leadership seminars and inventories. You can’t wait to put what you have learned to work. Finally, the opportunity arises. You are assigned the job of project leader. You are given a great deal of flexibility, but there ... Read more
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Can Decluttering Lead to Happiness and Success?

Can Decluttering Lead to Happiness and Success?
The concept of decluttering has caught national fire. Two recent best-selling books describe how your life will change and be filled with joy if only you “tidy up.” Compared to other countries, Americans do have too much stuff.  We are a consumer society, and most of us want the latest trends and newest gadgets (think iPhones). We have attics, basements, and garages crammed with stuff. Since our apartments and houses are full, we purchase storage sheds and pay costly rental fees ... Read more
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Self-talk vs. Self-deception

Self-talk vs. Self-deception
Positive self-talk is a bit like being a personal cheerleader. By using a strengths perspective (based on your own strengths) you focus on what you have to offer, not on what you lack. You stop emphasizing  the negatives and your deficits, and, instead, acknowledge and grow the talents you possess. Self-talk is an important psychological concept. It is a powerful influence, and it can be a partial antidote to insecurity and perceived vulnerability. When used appropriately, self-talk can ... Read more
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Meet Hope Halfway

Meet Hope Halfway
Watching the results of the Presidential primary in Nevada, I was struck by the positive spin many of the candidates put on their performance. Despite slim wins, or even losses, each contender expressed optimism about future success. It made me question if their views had any basis in reality or if they were simply channeling Pollyanna, the little girl who found something positive in every negative situation, and who was persistently optimistic—sometimes to her detriment. Are the candidates ... Read more
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Broadening Your Perspective Can Be Life Enhancing

Broadening Your Perspective Can Be Life Enhancing
None of us want others to think we are shallow or “stuck in our ways.” If asked, people generally claim they are broad minded and open to new ideas. Most people, though, are creatures of habit. They have a comfort zone and don’t move out of it easily. If this describes your life, what can you do to cultivate more curiosity and expand experience? Will doing so have a positive impact on your life? Can it help you in the workplace? On a personal level, trying new things can ... Read more
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