Workplace Wisdom

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

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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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    Ten Steps To An Effective Meeting

    Our time is a valuable, limited resource; and we need to use it wisely. The following ten tips will create an effective and productive meeting that stays focused and on point, with an engaged and motivated team. Ten Tips for an Effective Meeting (1) Request items from participants that they want to add prior to publishing an agenda,
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    Create Your Front & Back Pocket Plans

    Be Prepared! Change is continuous; it will never stop. Preparing for the challenges change offers—whether an unexpected work force reduction or a role change—is responding to events rather than reacting to them.  By managing your career, you have a much greater chance of taking advantage of opportunities as they come along (being let go is
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    5 Steps to Being More Effective at Work

    Peter Drucker said “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” When you accomplish a lot of tasks, you may feel productive and efficient; but are you truly effective? Today’s business culture stresses “Do more, faster, with less!”  With deadlines looming, it is easier to just try to do it all,
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    End of Year Debrief

    This year has really flown by! 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 2018 and what you want to focus on in 2019. Perhaps you think there is no time to reflect on what was done; only think about what needs to be
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    The Bully Factor

    Bullying is extremely destructive, so much so, that, in extreme cases, youngsters have committed suicide.  They get bullied in the school yard and on social media—on their cell phones, on Twitter, Instagram, etc.  It can be overwhelming and devastating.  Singled out, they feel alone, small, and hated so they end themselves.  We are horrified
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    What’s on my plate?

    So many details competing for attention—meetings, emails, projects…and so little time. It is discouraging, overwhelming, and disheartening.  No matter how hard we try, we can never, ever get it all done.  We just keep getting more. I tried and it almost killed me. I learned that no matter how many hours I put in, I couldn’t do it all, and
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    Some Stress is Good; A Lot Not So Good!

    Stress doesn’t create sickness and it doesn’t kill.  How you react to it does. It’s the amount of pressure you put on yourself…what should be done, has to be done, or must be done, rather than what you can realistically do or want to do. If you are feeling exhausted, anxious, and stretched beyond your capacity, your body is giving you a
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