Dealing with People That Carry a Bad Energy

dealing with people that carry a bad energy

We all respond to the energy of the people around us. That’s what gives so much power to the thought that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. But what if you have no choice about who is around you? Like at work. It might be a colleague or client that has bad energy. It could be someone in a prominent position in your organization. Maybe even your boss. Ugh. That’s why you will need a strategy for dealing with people that carry a bad energy. Because that bad energy can ruin your … Read more

How to Avoid Meetings That Waste Your Time

how to avoid meetings that waste your time

A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted. — Captain James T. Kirk One of the best ways to find more time in your day is to skip meetings that aren’t effective. Can you skip them all? Probably not. But you can selectively avoid some of the worst meetings on your calendar and reclaim valuable time. I’m going to show you how. Why most meetings waste a lot of time While meetings can be productive, too often they are not. They start late, run long, and fill up the allotted time with more hot air than … Read more

Effective Listening is More Important Than Talking | 6 Secrets You Need to Know

Effective Listening is More Important Than Talking

Effective listening is more important than talking if you want to be truly influential when you communicate. If you want your talking to be more powerful, the absolute best place to start is with listening. Effective listening. Think for a moment about what happens when you don’t listen well. When your listening is not effective, you are hearing things but you are also missing important signals. And that makes your talking less effective. You may have experienced when something you thought would resonate doesn’t. Or when it outright backfires. When your listening is not effective, you end up missing important … Read more

The Secret to Maintaining That Thin Line Between Manager and Workforce.

The Secret to Maintaining That Thin Line Between Manager and Workforce combined

Imagine being promoted to a leadership role. Maybe you are going to be a manager for the first time. Or that you are now going to lead a project. Perhaps you are being promoted to team leader. Maybe you are going to be a department head. Chances are that you know the people you will be leading. Some of them may be friends. They are your colleagues. You are their peer. But now you need to be their leader. Making that adjustment can be tricky. Even if you are being promoted into the role at a new organization. As a … Read more

Are You Burning Out? Check These 4 Areas Now!

Are You Burning Out combined

Parsing through your feelings can be confusing when you’re exhausted by your work, but it’s probably the first thing you should do if you are starting to feel burned out. Because being tired doesn’t necessarily mean that you are burned out. Working hard or working long hours isn’t the main or only factor that leads to burnout, though exhaustion is certainly one of the warning signs. A better question to ponder is why and how are you so exhausted. Are you emotionally drained? Are you growing increasingly cynical? Are you feeling a bit depressed? These are signs of burnout. Is … Read more

The Secret to Holding Constructive Conversations with Employees

The joy of being a manager lies in the insidious nature of the job. You are faced with a dynamic range of interpersonal, personal, and group issues to resolve. And you thought it was about managing the work! What we all learn, sooner or later, that being a manger is all about people. Just like an expert poker player, you need to play the table. The cards, not so much. But just to make it more fun, we’ll give you little to no training or practice. Go ahead, jump in. The water’s fine. Of course, you have great experience as … Read more

What To Do When You’re Stuck In a Job With No Progression

Here’s what to do when you get stuck in a job with no progression. Quitting might seem obvious. But it’s probably not the right choice. Not until you have changed your approach to career development, anyway. If your job does not offer the kind of growth you need to build a successful career… If you are not being challenged… If you are not growing…. It’s probably time for you to change your approach. Because you are going to have to play a more active role in driving your career forward. Taking a leadership role in your career development Maybe the … Read more

Leaders are Readers | July Reading List

Leaders are readers book recommendations

Here are three great books to read about timing (which really is everything), personal branding (which is also everything), and the secret to long-term success (also everything, kind of most of all). You want new ideas. Good ideas. Things to ponder. And specifics to back it all up. Well, that’s exactly what you are going to get from this group of book recommendations. Two of these books are hot off the press and one is a classic (which I now know why is a classic). Maybe one, two, or three of these will make good additions to your summer reading … Read more

Learn How to Get More Done with Baby Steps

Learn How to Get More Done with Baby Steps

Baby steps solve more problems than you might think. Even small ones. A baby-step approach to cliff diving probably seems obvious. You wouldn’t start out by diving off of a 100-foot ledge. But have you ever thought about baby-stepping more things at work? Sure, that big project must be broken down into smaller milestones. Annual goals must be worked on consistently over time. And earning a promotion doesn’t happen after one task. But what about simple things like writing an email, preparing a meeting agenda, or reviewing a contract? Could those mundane, common tasks be improved with baby steps? Definitely. … Read more