Stay in Touch with Your Friends, No Matter How Focused You Are on Your Career

Many people let their personal relationships fall by the wayside as they focus on their careers and start a family. Yet research shows that we are more successful in our careers when we’re supported by a foundation of strong, stable friendships. Don’t run the risk of losing touch with your closest social connections. Career and friendships can reinforce each other — friends can share big-picture career insights and even inspire your passion for professional growth. Counteract the natural drift away, and make the effort to maintain your friendships. Call a close friend instead of just clicking on their Facebook […]

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Know Your Purpose at Work

We all want to find meaning in what we do. You can foster this inner sense of purpose by asking yourself a few simple questions:

What are you good at? What do you take on because you believe you’re the best person to do it? What have you gotten noticed for throughout your career? This will help you identify your strengths. What do you enjoy? In a typical workweek, what do you look forward to doing? This allows you to find or rediscover what you love about work. What feels most useful? Which work outcomes make you […]

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Three Good Reasons to Admit You’ve Failed

As a leader, admitting failure is critical. Many people try to shrug off missteps as things that happen to everyone. Although doing so might seem harmless, there are many good reasons why you should admit you’ve messed up. Here are three:

To connect with your employees. While it’s true that employees won’t want to discuss their own failures, they are more likely to connect with leaders who admit to theirs. Even if the specific failure isn’t applicable to staff, simply talking about it helps you connect. To learn. Failure is only positive when you learn something important from it […]

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Simple Formula For Living

I have been doing a lot of cleaning lately, actually it is one of my goal’s this year – clean out the clutter in my life.  While doing so, I came across this “Simple Formula For Living.”  I’m not sure how long I’ve had it, or where I originally got it, but it is worth sharing.

Live beneath your means. Return everything you borrow. Stop blaming other people. Admit it when you make mistakes. Give clothes not worn to charity. Do something nice and try not to get caught. Listen more; talk less. Every day take a 30 min. walk. […]

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Why Early Rising Can Be Beneficial For You

I discovered that waking up early was the best way to start my day. Apparently, I’m not alone in this realization, as there are many stories about Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, and many others that believe in welcoming the sun.

Why? It’s a very productive time with the ability to determine priorities before someone or something dictates them for you. And you can own your day.

Everybody needs personal time like this, but not everyone sees the need for this to occur so early in the morning.

Here are a few reasons why early rising can be beneficial for you.

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Put Your Oxygen Mask On First

I recently became ill and was admitted into the hospital. It wasn’t fatal, but nonetheless serious enough for me to be in ICU for three days and the hospital for another three days, and home recuperating for another week. I’m very fortunate to have great support with my husband, family and friends, so I was being well taken care of, and the hospital could not have been more professional.

As a coach, I am always working with my clients to make sure their number one priority is themselves, period. If you don’t take care of yourself, you are not in […]

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Schedule Regular Check-ins with Your Direct Reports

Even if you think annual performance reviews should be abolished, it’s unlikely that you can overhaul your organization’s approach to appraisals. Fortunately, you’re in control of the way you manage the performance of your team. If your organization requires reviews — whether they are annual, semiannual, or quarterly — you should, of course, do them. But take additional steps throughout the review period to ensure that your employees are meeting goals and growing. Make a practice of checking in with each of your direct reports on a regular basis, whether it’s weekly or once a month, to ask two […]

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Leadership Lessons the Olympics Taught Me

Olympians draw their inspiration from a set of core values that prepare them to do their best as they compete, and to respond gracefully to whatever happens as a result of their best efforts. Each of those Olympic values relates to the timeless values of leadership that we fuel by well being. No matter what type of work you do, you can grow stronger and excel at it by learning the Olympic values shown during this year’s winter olympics.

Love what you do. Choose work that aligns well with your personal strengths and interests. Then enjoy it! 

Do your best with every […]

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Build Relationships with Your Employees by Listening to Them

All too often, managers behave as if relationships are built at the office holiday party and other social events and are hindered by actually working. If the only way you build connections with your employees is by chitchatting, you’ll either spend valuable time not working or overbook your calendar with social obligations. Instead of relying on long lunches or happy-hour drinks, build good relationships with your employees by making sure they feel heard: Get to know what your people are thinking. Solicit feedback from them. And make listening tangible. Showing people that you hear them is important […]

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3 Tips for Staying Focused at Work

If you don’t know this by now, our constant access to data is killing our productivity. Too many of us begin the day by picking up our phones and getting lost in a stream of notifications and information. Here are three things you can do to carve out more time for yourself and remain focused and effective at work:

Start your day right. When you wake up, don’t roll over and start checking email on your phone. Try a simple mindfulness practice: Take a few deep breaths, make a mental list of the things you’re grateful for, or meditate […]

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