When we believe we’ve failed at something, it’s easy to fall into a pit of despair.  But according to New York Times contributor Rachel Simmons, accepting failure and moving on is a learned behavior.  One way she suggests teaching ourselves to “get over it” is by practicing self compassion. Here’s how. Note how you feel.  Don’t exaggerate or deny […]

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Quick decision-making is one of the hallmarks of an agile company.  But making fast decisions is easier said than done. A recent McKinsey and Company article looks at three types of decisions and offers ways to speed up the process. For Big-Bet decisions made at the very top, like making an acquisition, spur productive debate.  Assign someone to argue […]

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Mistakes.  We all make them.  What’s important is how we deal with them so that our errors don’t become our undoing. New York Times Better Living Columnist Tim Herrera has some tips for moving beyond big and little gaffes. He recommends being honest with yourself.  Acknowledge that it was indeed a mistake.  Accept it, but don’t let it define you […]

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Robert Collier, one of America’s original success authors, said, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”  While that’s a message I communicate often via Office Talk, it bears repeating.  It’s good to remind ourselves that we can’t do it all at once.  We may not be able to see all the […]

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Wondering if you have what it takes to become a freelancer or consultant? Harvard Business Review says it takes three qualities to successfully navigate an independent work life. Proactivity. When working alone, you must rely heavily on self-motivation and accountability to manage your networks, peers and external contacts. These critical relationship builders are your pipeline to new […]

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Do you dream about leaving the protective cocoon of an established organization to become an independent entrepreneur?  According to the Harvard Business Review, you have a lot of company. They cite an Upwork survey that says the freelance workforce in the US has grown by 3.7 million in the past five years.  In 2018, one in three […]

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Over the last five years, the U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in the number of freelancers and consultants.  Harvard Business Review reports that in 2018, one in three people fell into this category. But, as liberating as freelancing may sound, it also comes with a lot of challenges, inclusive of a great deal of unpredictability and […]

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McKinsey & Company says it’s a myth that continuous improvement is only for manufacturing companies looking to control costs.  Continuous improvement should be part of every company’s strategy.  For example, by communicating a compelling vision and connecting it to each employee’s daily work, one international theatre chain tapped into the power of frontline workers to generate […]

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Forbes.com contributor Mark Murphy says that about 25% of the population are intuitive communicators.  They prefer knowing the big picture and getting to the bottom line, quickly.  Intuitive communicators enjoy a disproportionately high representation among senior leaders.    To test whether you’re an intuitive communicator, Murphy says to think back on a recent conversation and ask yourself three […]

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Today’s high-pressure work environment can take its toll on managers. According to Gallup, the way a manager feels and acts is contagious and can infect their team, as well as others. If they’re burned out and disengaged, it can spread virally throughout the company – which often results in costly turnover and lost productivity. Gallup says there […]

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Generation Z, people ages 17 to 25, have begun entering the workforce.  Is your company ready for how they perceive their role in the workplace?  The Society of Human Resource Management provides this little peek inside the minds of Gen Z. Nearly one-third of these young women and men see themselves as the hardest working generation.  At the […]

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A study from the University of Exeter in the UK confirms that bosses who put the people who follow them first, boost productivity.  The researchers used 130 independent, previously published studies to test their theories. The result:  the “servant-leader” style of management, which is ethical, trustworthy and shows genuine interest in the wellbeing and development of staff, […]

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Because malicious, unapproved software can bring down an entire IT infrastructure, many companies keep a tight reign on the software employees can use. Yet, the Harvard Business Review warns about the dangerous lag time between customers identifying a real need and IT satisfying it. When all IT decisions are made at the very top, i.e., the […]

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I am a proud member of a local women’s collective giving group. Impact100 South Jersey is one of an increasing number of such groups around the country and the world.  Ours is volunteer-run, made up of diverse women, and is growing every year.  Besides being a philanthropic multiplier, Impact100 is a powerful networking and leadership building tool.  Members […]

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In a recent Forbes.com article, Travis Bradberry listed and explained 13 powerful psychological forces that make us do bad things.  This list can help us become more self-aware and it may also help us better understand the people around us.  Those with whom we live, work and play.  First, the winner-take-all competition— something our society encourages, but it […]

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Good self-awareness includes knowing how invisible, powerful forces can lead to making bad, unethical choices.  Forbes.com contributor Travis Bradberry recently shared some of these outside-of-our-awareness influences and how they can affect us. The compensation effect. Using good deeds to justify bad ones. If people perform the acts of a good person, they might feel justified in sometimes behaving […]

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Imposter Syndrome — that feeling that you don’t belong or aren’t qualified – is heightened for women and people of color.  The New York Times’ Working Women’s Handbook says it disproportionately affects anyone who feels the pressure of accomplishing “firsts.” The handbook offers four ways to combat Imposter Syndrome.   Make a list of 10 things that show […]

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Former First Lady Michelle Obama is quoted as saying, “Eventually, I just got tired of always worrying what everyone else thought of me.  So, I decided not to listen.” She stopped reacting to the real or perceived opinions of others. She achieved something most women haven’t.  Over eons, women have been conditioned to see and present […]

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I bet meetings are a big part of your work life.  In his Ted-X-UNC-Charlotte Talk, Steven Rogelberg suggests six ways to make them better.  Invite the smallest number of participants possible.  No spectators or people there just to listen.  Attend only the part of the meeting that’s relevant to you.   Be a good host if you’re the meeting […]

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Is your workplace progressive, designed to promote thinking and innovating? While our knowledge-based economy has changed how we conduct business, vestiges of the old way still weigh employees down. Harvard Business Review says tethering employees to email is a big concern. Does your company use email for urgent, time-sensitive communication?  Do you or others in the company expect […]

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