In today’s fast-paced world, it is often hard to find the time to pause and take a breath to enjoy the present moment. Our attention span is so fractured by our incessant multitasking that we often have trouble focusing on the task at hand. Studies show that our brains do not function at their optimal… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Personal Effectiveness
The conventional wisdom in leadership development is that setting goals to pursue in your professional life is important. It helps you focus on what you want to achieve and outline concrete action steps to point you in the right direction. Are there ever negative effects to focusing on goals? Surprisingly, according to a recent study… Read more »
Bad grammarians, beware. CEO Kyle Wiens is unwilling to hire employees with a weak handle on grammar to work for either of his companies. In his mind, details are crucial, and he is not going to take a chance on an employee who doesn’t take that focus seriously. Does Good Grammar Mean Strong Personal Accountability? 1…. Read more »
He used to be a friendly guy that everyone liked to run into in the breakroom. Then he got promoted, and everyone avoids him if possible. She was funny and easygoing until she gained access to the company jet. Does this sound familiar? Joann Lublin outlines the dangers of inflated egos in the workplace in… Read more »
We’ve all been there. Mile-high stacks of inbox emails, pending projects, and the like. And what we really want to do is check our Facebook or catch up with a coworker in the break room. Turns out, there is a biological reason for this behavior. According to Tony Schwartz in his recent Harvard Business Review… Read more »
Studies have shown that managerial assessments of employee performance are often very biased by the simple physical presence of an employee rather than by the employee’s actual accomplishments. In other words, if you want to get an excellent performance review, the odds are in your favor that you will exude personal effectiveness simply by having… Read more »
They live among us, indistinguishable from those they victimize until they mess up the break room, steal your stapler, or get promoted to management. They are “jerks in the workplace.” If you’re not familiar enough with them to find Dilbert funny, you are a lucky person indeed; you do not know the sting of their… Read more »
Struggle is an unavoidable part of life. We all have times when we feel frustrated with our lives at home and at work. Fortunately, there are many different ways to relieve that struggle in your daily life. One strategy for feeling more comfortable in the workplace is reading a professional development newsletter that will help… Read more »
Not everyone’s career path takes the same trajectory. Some employees follow a strait line from the lower levels of an organization into the top tier, but many others make lateral moves into another unit in the same company, take time off for family reasons, or shift careers entirely. One thing that can change a woman’s… Read more »
If you have worked with other people for any amount of time, you have probably experienced moments of annoyance or frustration due to personality clashes, differences in expectations and misunderstandings. Even calm, mild-mannered people have their pet peeves and hot-button issues, so it is important to recognize yours so you can maintain your professionalism in… Read more »
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