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The Value of Your Values

Do you have personal values? Are your values in alignment with your company’s values? Conversely, are the company’s values in alignment with yours? All companies should have a Vision & Mission statement as well as a list of Values; anyone ought to be able to...

When is There Time For You in Your Life?

There was a time in my life, for about two years, that I worked every day, including weekends, with time off for only Christmas and Thanksgiving. I was driven and everyone knew it. After I stopped - it always pays to stop and take inventory – working weekends and had...

You Don’t Need to Defend Yourself Anymore

What game you do not join, you do not have to play. What game am I talking about? The game of politics - office politics, workplace politics, organizational politics, online politics – I call it high school. Nothing much has changed since the cliques of high school –...

Is Workplace Burn-Out Harming You?

Over half of the work force is experiencing work place burn-out. This statistic is way up from 20 years ago when the stats were 18%. Now it is closer to 50%. The World Health Organization describes burn-out as 'chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully...

Maintain Your Sanity with Healthy Food

Do you eat right? Are you eating food that keeps your brain and body healthy to get you through the day? Or are you like the characters I read about in my criminal, mystery and thriller books? The same themes about eating seem to run through the mysteries and...

How to Win the Blame Game Everyday

When you are accused of something you did not do your brain and body go into shock. Your brain immediately goes on the fritz, your emotions are all over the place, your heart beats rapidly, you can’t catch your breath and you are momentarily speechless. Then you...

Celebrations Help Keep Us Sane

For most people celebrations are saved for birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. Optimism surrounds these celebrations with the purchase of food, drink and gifts and spending time with friends and family. What else can we celebrate and why should we celebrate...

Do You Fight For the Right to Be Right?

We all know someone like this; sometimes we are that someone. The person that needs to be right, all the time. Maybe on a bad day your low self-esteem kicks in for a bit and you need to be right. It’s a passing fancy. However, it’s the person that will argue all the...

You Can Make Stress Your Friend

Stress is here to stay; it’s how you handle yourself to manage this stress that is of issue. You are in charge of your life, so you are in charge of your stress. Make your stress you friend and work together. You can and must leave your work at the door before you go...

Are You Ready For Generation Z ?

Who and what is Generation Z? Are they different than Millennials? How do they work in this tech world of today? If you watch Master Chef Junior, you have seen the beginning of Gen Z. The eight, nine and ten year-olds on this show, who have been cooking since they...

Are You an Assertive Communicator?

When you start a new job, you have expectations. These expectations can include a desk, a place to sit, an amenable HR person, nice people to work with, and a clearly defined role you will have in this organization. One would think that when you were hired after a...

What is Effective Communication?

What is communication? Communication is the receiving or imparting of information to one or more people, groups or individuals. It is you, them and the message. Sound simple, right? It’s not. There are traditional or generational differences, emotional distinctions...

Do You Listen When Others Speak?

We all talk and talk and talk, either in person or on Social Media. But do we listen or are we just hearing parts of what others are saying? Do we even care about what others are saying? I think some people care and some don’t, as in many of life’s situations. If you...

A Very Happy Birthday to Me

Today, May 17, is my birthday. I am using this space (it is mine after all!) to express who and what I am grateful for especially during this past year. I am not attached to celebrating my birthday at all. Anything with love and kindness is good for me, either big or...

Can Casual Friday Build Team Spirit?

As a manager, you have a lot of tasks to implement as well as keep your team productive and fulfilled. Has one of your employees given you a rough draft of a project, and it’s not what you’re looking for? How do you address this? Instead of giving a document with...

You Are Not a Machine

Whether you are a Techie or a Non-Techie who works in the Techie World, your company is either successful and runs smoothly or its successful and chaotic; or it is unsuccessful and you should plan on leaving. No matter, you feel responsible for your share of whatever...

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