serious African American Businesswoman smiling isolated on whiteIn a recent blog post titled, “The World’s Worst Boss,” Seth Godin reminded us that we are our own bosses.  We’re in charge of all aspects of our lives.  The post prods readers with statements like, “If you had a boss who talked to you the way you talk to yourself, you would quit.  Or one who wasted as much of your time as you do, she would be fired.  And, if an organization paid as little attention to the development of its employees as you pay to yours, the business would fail.”

Tough talk with a positive purpose.  Tough talk that reminds us that good self-management is a life-defining skill set.   Now is a good time to take inventory of how you manage yourself and your career.  Are you holding yourself back from opportunities because of self-doubt or fear?  Are you kind to yourself, forgiving your mistakes, then taking the time to learn from them and grow?  Could you use a little help managing your time and energy better?  Are you waiting for someone else to suggest or recommend training or looking into another degree?  If you’re the boss of you, then you can move toward the things you know will make you more effective, valuable and fulfilled.

Effective self-management is the foundation of success.  Assess the way you manage your energy, time and talent.  Then, make one constructive change that will help you become a better leader of your self.

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