Workplace Wisdom

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

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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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    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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    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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