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Go From Overwhelmed to Organized in 3 Easy Steps

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This simple trick to dealing with overwhelm might seem too easy when I tell it to you. But it actually works like a charm. When you’re in the middle of a storm of confusion and your day is filled with endless meetings, to-do lists, and a heavily clogged email box, there isn’t much time to think. Your survival instincts kick in and you hustle like crazy to keep up. You chase down loose ends, scramble to put out fires, and try to keep your head above water. The last thing you want to do is stop. That will just make … Read more

Dealing With People That Carry a Bad Energy

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A negative energy person can be problematic at work in many ways. 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 … Read more

7 Ways to Deal With a Poor Communicator

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Do you have to deal with a poor communicator at work? You might have someone who always seems to forget to mention things to you. Maybe you deal with some people who are trying to convey an idea but do it poorly. Perhaps you have to figure out the difference between what someone says and what they mean. A bad communicator comes in many forms. It’s the kind of thing that makes me nuts. Because it’s time wasting, energy draining, and not at all productive. Which made me frustrated. Until I figured out a better way. Who feels the pain … Read more

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

If you feel like you are stuck in a job with no progression, it might be time to consider a new approach. Earlier in your career, you may have benefited from development programs, promotions, or job changes. Opportunities like these have probably helped you to learn more, earn more, and take on new responsibilities. But as you get deeper into your career, these types of opportunities don’t come as easily or as often. Maybe this leaves you feeling frustrated, because you know that you are capable of doing more. You are ready to take on new challenges, embrace new responsibilities, … Read more

8 Great Team Meeting Ideas You Probably Aren’t Using

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You need great team meeting ideas because team meetings are a basic building block of work today. Nothing happens in isolation in today’s hyper-connected world. Too often, however, team meetings fall into a rut. A routine is established, often without much thought. And then it is repeated out of habit. This creates a problem because every team needs to adapt to changes and new challenges. Different team members need to play different roles at different times. You can avoid the rut and build more dynamic capabilities into your team meeting structure using the ideas shared in this post, whether you … Read more

The Best Time Management Advice You’re Not Taking

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If you have been in your job for any length of time, it has probably grown. You might have more responsibility. Maybe you are on some project teams. And you could be tapped for a variety of meetings, tasks, or new initiatives. You have gained experience and expertise on the job. And if you’ve done well, people are expecting more of you. Which is fantastic, because that’s where your professional growth comes from. Pushing the envelope and striving to make larger contributions is what you want to be doing. However, all that activity can also put a lot of pressure … Read more

How to Give Tough Feedback

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Feedback is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. But we are often too afraid to use it. When you bring something out into direct sunlight and take a good look, you will know exactly where things stand. You can see the good, the bad, and the ugly. Which is immensely helpful because you can double-down on the good, fix the bad, and pretty up the ugly. But the thought of knowing for sure is a difficult one. We imagine that we are doing well. Why muck that up with clear cut facts that might prove things aren’t … Read more

Why Coaching Matters at Work (and 4 Coaching Questions You Should Use)

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Guidance is more powerful than instruction if you want outsized results. Because that is the path to ownership of tasks and mission. Think about it. Traditional management and collaboration has a tendency to over focus on what is being done and overlooking things that can be crucial to success. We look at work breakdowns and procedures. Then we try to optimize the process. It all gets very clinical quickly. Which has a tendency to dehumanize things. We get all caught up in boxes and diagrams and flows, when maybe we should focus more on the intangibles and the people doing … Read more