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5 Simple Ways Deal With 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

Improve Your Leadership With These Two Simple Psychology Tips

Good leaders know how to leverage positive energy into action and results. They also know how to minimize bad energy and turn it around. It’s simpler than you might think, if you know a few simple tips for managing with greater emotional intelligence. The best way I know to do this is what I call the zooming perspective. It’s simple, effective, and can help you to more easily lead with emotional intelligence. First, know that we don’t like to lose The first thing you need to understand is that humans are not neutral. We have a very definite negativity bias. … Read more

Master Time Management With a Focus on Results

We admire people who accomplish things. But our culture often confuses busy with results. The trouble is that being busy and accomplishing things can both feel the same sometimes. Because a full calendar, a long to-do list, and an active email box all seem like they will lead to results. But simply filling up your time with important-seeming to-dos can actually lead you in the wrong direction if you’re not careful. Here is a better way to think about your time and effort. Think forward in time and imagine how you will look back on what you are working on … Read more

How To Motivate Yourself When Work Is Tough

If you knew more about how to stay motivated at work, would it help you to do a better job? You might want to do a good work on an assignment. You might have the skills to do the work. But if you’re feeling “blah” about it, it probably isn’t going to go as well as it could. That’s where motivation can help. But motivation doesn’t grow on trees. Somebody has to give it to you. Maybe your boss gives you some. It could be the promise of a future raise, promotion, or even just a small bonus or an … Read more

4 Ways You Can Easily Influence Decision Making in Your Organization

What if you could more easily influence decisions making at work? Well, you can wield more influence, even if you have limited formal authority. It’s easier than you might think. Let me explain. Even (and sometimes especially) when you are not the decision-maker, you have lots of power to influence decisions. Consider my favorite line from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding: “A man may be the head of the house, but a woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.” — Maria Portokalos (the Mom) You can turn the head. Turning the … Read more

Get Faster Results By Slowing Down

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Speeding up is not always the best way to go faster. Today’s work is often more complex and nuanced than it appears at first glance. That can make it seem like we have a clear goal, an effective strategy, and a sound plan of execution when the reality is that we don’t.  If you take a closer look, you may see that the goal is not super clear. You might not have the best strategy selected (especially if the goal wasn’t clear!). And you therefore probably don’t have as thoroughly detailed a plan for execution as you might have thought. … Read more

One Simple Secret for Boosting Team Motivation and Output

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One of the biggest ways you can help your team is to frame whatever challenge lays ahead. That’s what a leader does. You put the specific challenge in its big picture context. You set a goal so that everyone knows what needs to be done. You probably also set a timetable for when it needs to be done. And you may discuss a strategy for how it can or should be approached. But do you ever frame the work in terms of opportunities to learn? Many times, us humans like to do more than feel like we are moving a … Read more

A New Way to Tackle Stress at Work

What causes you stress at work? When you think about it, there can be many reasons. Maybe it’s a heavy workload. It could be a lack of resources. Sometimes it is caused by coworkers. Or dealing with unrealistic deadlines. Too often, it seems to come from a lack of decision making and prioritization. There could be major changes happening in your industry. Or ti could be that you simply have a bad boss. Work can be stressful under any of these circumstances, and many of us face more than one of these on any given day. Adding to the frustration … Read more

Is Your Quest for Efficiency Killing Your Productivity?

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Where should you focus your time and energy at work, on being efficient or on being productive? It’s not a trick question, although you might feel like productivity and efficiency are pretty much the same thing. They can be sometimes, but there is a crucial difference that you need to consider. It comes down to this: If the work you are managing is highly structured and routine, then you are likely going to be more productive by being more efficient. More time on task translates to higher output. If, however, the work you are managing is more project-oriented, strategic, or … Read more