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How to Gain the Confidence to Speak Up More – 5 simple steps

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I used to get very frustrated in meetings because I had lots of ideas–good ideas–but nobody was interested to hear them. Maybe it was because I didn’t have enough authority. Or expertise. Perhaps it was because of my limited experience. Or worse. Maybe they knew I was really a fraud. That I didn’t know what I was doing and that it was just dumb luck that got me here in the first place. They are all experienced professionals and I am just barely scraping by. Of course, that’s not really true. But that is how it feels. Because it can … Read more

How to Handle Too Many Projects and Priorities When You’re a Perfectionist

Everybody has too much to do and not enough time to do it. But your situation is different. Because you feel a certain kind of stress when you are overwhelmed like this. And all the productivity wizards in the world won’t be able to help you if you don’t face the underlying issue. You’ve taken on too many projects. You have too many priorities. You don’t have enough time. You don’t have enough energy. And you don’t know what to do besides work more. Work longer. Drive yourself insane chasing all the loose ends. It’s hard to delegate because you … Read more

Want to Have a Great Meeting? Prepare Like This

What if you could wave a magic wand and make all your meetings wonderfully effective? Well, there’s more under your influence than you might think. With a little strategic thinking and some thoughtful maneuvering, you can make a big difference. Even if you are not the team or meeting leader. And better meetings can make your day more productive, more enjoyable, and more satisfying. It will help everyone else too. Let me explain. The problem with meetings There can be many problems in any single meeting, and they can feed off of each other. The purpose of the meeting may … Read more

5 Secrets to Countering Negativity in the Workplace

It can be a challenge to manage your stress level when the workplace seems to be able to bring out many different kinds of negative emotions these days. Anger. Envy. Fear. Guilt. Helplessness. Our day-to-day can contain lots of strife. And that can add tons of stress on you if you don’t have some ways to counter the negativity. Even if you start your day all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, negative people, negative comments, bleak outlooks, and pessimistic attitudes can bring you down. This can be even more difficult to confront when you’re feeling down yourself. Misery loves company, after all. … Read more

This is Why Reading As a Team Leads to Better Business Results

This is Why Reading As a Team Leads to Better Business Results

Deep thinking is a super power in today’s frenetic business environment. But it’s not always easy to achieve, especially if you are leading a team. Even if your team is full of smart people, they are probably scattered across too many responsibilities and chasing too many goals. Still, the best way to move your particular initiative forward might be to slow down and get some of that deeper thinking going. The problem is that today’s work culture often goes the other way. People scurry from one meeting to the next, scramble to and from work in a tedious morass of … Read more

Are You Feeling Overqualified and Unsatisfied? Here’s What To Do Next

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Stretch. Struggle. Boring. Such is the natural progression of your job. You stretch to land the job, struggle to keep up, and finally get so good at it that you become bored. As a result, you might be feeling overqualified and unsatisfied. It may not be a great consolation to see this as the natural progression of things, but this may be an important insight to consider as you plan what to do next. What to do next can be a tricky question. Because the obvious thing to do is to go out and get another job. But that can … Read more

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

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!

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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