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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

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