You studied economics, medicine, manufacturing, politics, sales, etc. You worked your way up in your respective field. And then you became a manager and on top of all the experience you have in your specific industry, there’s now so much more!Whether you’re a new or seasoned manager, your responsibilities can become overwhelming at times.

  • Advice for Graduates & Leaders Alike

    The following is adapted from Jena McGregor’s article in the Washington Post on May 27, 2018 – The Best Career Advice From This Year’s Graduation SpeechesOprah Winfrey, to the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern CaliforniaWinfrey offered clear advice for graduates regarding the workplace. “Become so skilled, so vigilant, so flat-out fantastic at what you do, that your talent cannot be dismissed.” She also encouraged gradu...

  • Summer’s Here—Take a Real Break!

    It appears that Americans are finally getting the message that taking time off is a good thing. We’ve all heard the statistics that tell us how many vacation days are unused annually and there has been a very slight decrease which means more people are actually taking the time off they’ve earned. Let’s be honest—it’s not just that we’ve earned the time off—it is that we NEED the time off. But, taking time off is just the beginning.

  • When You Need Help at Work

    Unfortunately, it happens to most of us. A personal crisis impacts us at work – our ability to focus and our ability to do quality work.  We don’t quite know what to do about it. We know this Does it make sense to ask for help or should we try to hide it and muddle through?We all want to protect our privacy at work but if you find yourself in a personal situation, talk with your manager first.

  • National Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 7-11 was Teacher Appreciation Week in the US. This is a wonderful reminder to say thanks to the people who taught us.I had wonderful teachers in elementary school—except for fifth grade when I had the teacher we all had heard about since we started school. Her name was Miss Nice and let me tell you—nice was not a word I would ever use to describe her.Now I realize that Miss Nice was really a good teacher—she was preparing us for what was to come when we moved on to the next...

  • Leading from Any Chair

    Leadership is not a box on the organization chart! As Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander explain in their book, The Art of Possibility, you can lead from any chair. According to an April 19, 2018 article in the Washington Post, Fortune magazine just named their pick for the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders." At the top of the list is not an individual but a group -- "the students" at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (and others around the country) whose "...

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