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Read More Books: How to Easily Read Dozens This Year

Read More Books: How to Easily Read Dozens This Year

If the Internet had been a thing when I was in school, I would have skirted book reading even more than I did. As it was, I figured out that if I read the first and last 20 pages of whatever book was assigned in English class, that I could fudge my way through most tests and reports. That little shortcut, plus watching the movie version of the book if it was available, got me through. Making matters worse for “Future Tom,” my bad habits were rewarded with good grades. I guess I was pretty good at getting the gist … Read more

How to Face, Recover, and Learn From a Bad Day at Work

How to Face, Recover, and Learn From a Bad Day at Work

Even though I could point to a lot of other people and circumstances that cause a bad day, I feel like it’s all my fault. I think that I should have known better. Or that I did know better but didn’t do anything (or enough) about it. Maybe you feel like that sometimes too. Or perhaps you see it a little more clearly. You might recognize that lots of things that cause a bad day at work are simply outside of your control or influence. It could be that both things are true to some extent. Many things that can … Read more

How to Reduce the Stress of Leadership Without Losing Your Edge

“No pressure, no diamonds.” Thomas Carlyle As a leader, you thrive on stress to some extent. It’s what gives you the “juice” of excitement and energy. That’s probably what attracted you to your position. You wanted the responsibility. Challenge. Excitement. Because it’s very satisfying to take on leadership responsibility and see something through to a successful conclusion. At times, though, the stress can be too much. It can become a problem. Maybe even a major hindrance. Particularly over time. The longer you are in your role. The more your responsibilities grow. And the more the challenges mount, the more you … Read more