Everyone has a productivity rhythm. The sooner you determine yours, you can take advantage of the natural cycle that will release the next level of efficiency for you. Do you feel most productive first thing in the morning? Or maybe you don’t get really up to speed until early afternoon or late at night. Once… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Accountability
Dear Suzanne, A colleague of mine recently attended the EDSI Communicating to Manage Performance program, which has spurred interesting conversation at our Friday manager lunches. While my department didn’t attend, I’m curious about one of the concepts she has mentioned repeatedly. She called it the use of “I-Statements.” According to her, the I-Statement will help… Read more »
Performance reviews have become structured, dictated, and oftentimes the grading system given to them is so sterilized to avoid legal vulnerabilities that they are no longer helpful for either the manager or employee. Your organization likely has developed its own method, forms, and review cycle, which you may embrace or simply tolerate. All criticisms aside,… Read more »
Dear Suzanne, You and your company mention professional presence as a cornerstone of career and personal effectiveness. Although I think most people agree that dress codes can be a sensitive subject in the current cross-generational workforce, does it really merit an entire course? Sincerely, Greg A. (Dallas, Texas) Dear Greg, I’m so glad that you wrote… Read more »
Define Your Version of Success What is your definition of success? Have you ever really thought about it, written it down, or even shared it with someone? If you are working toward increasing personal effectiveness and, in turn, increased satisfaction in your career and life, clarifying your goal is the first step. We all… Read more »
Many of us live in the world of What Should Be. Are you stumped and frustrated at the seemingly random work priorities you are given? You know how our manager should prioritize projects, but he doesn’t. How about when you begin a new position and are given entry-level tasks to start out? The manager should… Read more »
Goals without action steps to accomplish them are just dreams. We’re not saying that you should stop dreaming. Instead, it’s time to turn your dream into a goal. That dream can only be realized by taking action. Ask any actor who seems to have become an overnight success. We didn’t see the years of acting… Read more »
If getting to our goals, is simply a matter of doing the little things, why aren’t all of us rich, thin and working in our ideal job? Because, says Olson, author of “The Slight Edge”, these little things are easy to do, and easy to NOT do! How easy is to wake up, see how… Read more »
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson There are no magic pills to make you instantly healthy, one does not get rich quick, losing 40 pounds doesn’t happen in a week, and there are no overnight successes. Does this surprise you? In his… Read more »
We are entering a reflective time of year. This time of year, many of us think of the people in our lives who we are most grateful for, but do you ever include your professional contacts and colleagues in that gratitude? Do you realize how much time you spend at work? If you add up… Read more »
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