Finding Balance Between Summer Fun and Summer Work

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Welcome to summer! The kids are out of school. The temperatures are climbing. The allure of the beach, the mountains, or your outdoor haven of choice is beckoning. You’re thinking about the warm sun on your face. Then the phone rings, pulling you back into the reality that is your desk and the pile of work sitting upon it. Summer longing aside, listen to this: Carving out time away from the office (and the work that goes on in it) will benefit you. Science is in your corner on this one. Research says you’ll be more focused and productive when…

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Start Your Day on Productive Footing

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This morning when the alarm went off, what did you do first? Did you reach over, eyes still squeezed tightly shut, and grope for the snooze button? Did you reach groggily for your phone and scan your email to see what awaited you? Did you hop out of the bed, your to-do list running through your mind and overwhelm creeping up your spine as you mustered the energy to start the coffee pot? How you greet the morning can set the tone for your day. A few simple tweaks to your usual morning routine can bolster your mood and boost…

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Nix Meeting Fatigue in Six Simple Steps

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Today, American professionals will collectively attend about 11 million meetings, as estimated by the Harvard Business School’s Nancy Koehn. According to a study by software developer Atlassian, the average employee spends 31 hours a month in meetings. If you’re in the C-suite, you spend roughly 40% of each work day on conference calls and around the table with cohorts discussing the issues at hand. Not only is there a monetary cost to these frequent sit-downs (just imagine the dollar value of each attendee’s time!), there is the inevitable drain on productivity as we talk about getting something done, rather than…

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Receive the Gift of Constructive Criticism with Grace

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Receiving feedback on your work is always an incredible gift. It can offer affirmation that you’re on the right track. I t can also offer input to help you communicate more effectively or to take your next steps on a more clearly illuminated path. While accepting positive feedback is a skill most of us can easily cultivate, learning to respond to constructive criticism with an open mind and a dose of grace can take a little more work. Start by mastering these 8 steps. Stop Before you respond, take a moment to measure whether your emotions are in the driver’s…

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Move Forward by Expanding Your Skill Set

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In 2006, Facebook left its collegiate confines and Twitter hit the internet. The social-media-as-business-tool momentum would take a few more years to find its feet. The iPhone made its debut in 2007. In the decade since, tech has taken a bigger role in our personal and professional lives. How we interact, how we work, how we relax are all influenced or touched by technology and that tech evolves at an ever-increasing rate of speed. What does that mean for you? Unless you just entered the workforce, the world in which you began your career has changed. The change may be…

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Now Hear this: Your Body has Something to Say

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Dr. Albert Mehrabian knows a thing or two about communication. Based on his research, Mehrabian asserts that 7% of what we communicate is based on the words we say. The balance of the message is split between our tone of voice and nonverbal elements like body language. While those percentages can shift depending on specific circumstances, the core of this research remains true: It’s not what we say; it’s how we say it. This may not be news to you. In fact, it’s part of why you focus on your tone of voice when correcting your children. The role of…

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“Oh, the Places You’ll Go….” If You Just Make the Time

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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” ~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, penned “Oh the Places You’ll Go” in 1990 and it sold more than 10 million copies by its 25th anniversary. That’s not surprising, of course, when you consider the illustrated book is a favorite gift to give graduating students, as well anyone else about to set out…

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Dare to Believe: Live the Life You Love

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Whose dream are you living? When you’ve been plugging away at a career or life path, it can be hard to remember what pushed you in that direction. Take a moment to retrace your steps. Are you following your belief system or someone else’s? How you answer this question may be the reason you are (or are not) having success progressing toward your goal. Often, we live our lives under somebody else’s belief system, and these views can hold us back. These beliefs may be hidden because we often don’t even realize they are there.  (For an example from my…

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Cultivate your Vision & Tend Your Dreams!

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Do you love your life? Does your current trajectory reflect your vision and dreams? Has your life veered off its course at some point? Come to think of it, have you ever really had a handle on what course you should have been on to begin with? There’s a lot of heavy thoughts to unpack in those questions. Maybe you’re not quite ready to sort them out. Maybe you are. Either way, I want to tell you something important: you’re not alone. We’re all on a path of self-discovery and even when we think we have things figured out, we…

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The Rolling Stones were wrong. You Can Get Satisfaction.

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How satisfied are you? Look at where you are in your career. You may not be in the place you envisioned for yourself a decade ago, and that’s okay. Plans change. Goals change. The question isn’t whether you’ve followed the planned trajectory or not; it’s whether you’re happy in this place you’ve come to today. More importantly: Are you on the right path to go where you want to go? Are you satisfied with where you’re headed?  Keep in mind, your overall satisfaction will be directly impacted by how well your circumstances meet both your needs and wants. What’s a…

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