Workplace Wisdom

How to handle the times when work, well…to put it bluntly, just sucks.

  • 19-12-31 Post End of Year Debrief

    End of Year Debrief

    Each year I update my End of Year Debrief as a reminder to savor your accomplishments during this year and prepare for next year. This year has been a blur! Because we can get mired down in all the details of emails, deadlines, and projects, going into the New Year is a great time to think about what you have accomplished in 2019 and what
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  • 19-12-06 Post Feeling Chaos

    Feeling Chaos is Controlling You? 10 Tips to Reduce Overwhelm

    We receive more information on our cell phones in a week than previous generations did in their lifetime. What do we do with all that information from the Internet, meetings, social media, email? It feeds chaos and creates overwhelm. What can you do to take back control of your day? Implementing just one of the following ten tips can help
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  • 19-11-30 Post Don't Assume

    Don’t Assume; Ask These 8 Basic Questions When Given A Project

    As humans, we make a lot of assumptions. However, when assigned a new project, the clearer we are on “what” we need to do, the “how” to do it is much easier to plan and execute.  We need to reduce assumptions and replace them with facts and clear direction. Understanding Your Assignment Beginning with these eight fundamental questions,
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    Are You Effectively Communicating Your Brand’s Value?

    There are three steps to creating a brand that resonates with your audience: What’s My Story – what you want others to know about you. Packaging My Story – your consistent message that conveys your brand Telling My Story – courteous, clear, and concise communication. Last month, I posted “What’s Your Brand,” about the steps to
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  • 19-09-30 Branding - first step

    What’s Your Brand?

    Nike has the “Swoosh”, which represents speed, movement, power, and motivation, and Evernote, an app that stores your written notes on a laptop, uses the figure of an elephant's head, because "an elephant never forgets, and you won't either utilizing this app. (Economics Times, July 24, 2017) Products aren’t the only entities that have
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    Obstacles Are Opportunities In Disguise

    What amazing things would you do if you thought you could?  I was going to write about branding this month, but I believe this is an essential first step. I recently came across a book in my library, I read some time ago, "Unstoppable" by Cynthia Kersey, which contains 45 stories of people like you and me who, after being told their
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    Put the “I” in I, Inc.!

    Successful people act as owners of their own company, whether they work for a company, as a contractor, or self-employed. It is crucial to have a strong sense of the value you bring which you can clearly articulate along with creating a plan on how to differentiate yourself from others in a similar role.  Essentially, acting as entrepreneurs.
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    The Trouble With “No”

    The trouble with “no” is we keep saying “yes” to everything. We reply yes to phone calls, text messages, emails as they arrive. We say yes to volunteering for new projects, tasks, whatever comes up!  We are hesitant, if not afraid of what would happen, by saying no to a request. Dictionaries define “no” as a negative answer or decision, and
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    The Faster Info Grows, The Faster We Race To Keep Up

    I was speechless when I read Bernard Marr’s article, dated May 21, 2018, “How Much Data Do We Create Every Day? The Mind-Blowing Stats Everyone Should Read,” that an astounding 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every, single day.  In other words, 90 percent of all the information ever created in the world was created in the last two
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    Use “GPS” To Map Out Your Goals

    When I drive to someplace new, I put the destination into my GPS. I am able to measure my progress at every step because it tells me where to turn, what to look out for, and when I will arrive. The best thing about it, I won’t get lost! We can use that concept when creating a goal, by developing distinct checkpoints where we can see if we
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