Several studies suggest that having a sense of control over work plays a central role in workers' health. Employees, who are given more autonomy and challenge, have nearly half the number of stress related illnesses such as high blood pressure compared to workers who have little challenge and control over work.
Are you in control of your work?
Answer 'yes' or 'no.'
1. My job enables me to use my own ideas.
“If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.” – Elbert Hubbard
Loyalty involves faithfulness to commitments or obligations. It requires steadfast allegiance to a sovereign, government, organisation, leader, cause, person or other.
Loyalty at work is a two-way street. Both employees and employers need to give and receive loyalty.
Loyalty has nothing to do with length of e...
You know that I’m all about content, and all about using content as a way to define, promote, and grow your personal brand. But do you think of things like the presentations you give, that thirty-second elevator pitch, or your answer to that often-asked interview question, “So, tell me about yourself” as “content”? Probably not. But you should.
Everything you say, every Tweet, every interaction...
There’s all sorts of science out there that supports the notion that gratitude is good for us. Psychology Today, for instance, ran an article not long ago that listed seven “scientifically proven” benefits of having a thankful attitude. Among them: You’ll be more physically fit, sleep better, and increase your mental strength. Plus, you’ll become fabulously wealthy.
Ok, I made that last one up....
'If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.' Mark Twain
Have you ever lied at work? Do you tell half-truths to get the sale or job? Do you keep your promises?
What does this quiz say about you?
Answer yes or no.
1. I’ve lied on my resume or fudged reports.
2. I call in sick when I’m not.
3. I use the Internet on company time.
4. I fail to disclose pertinent information.
As a recovering workaholic, I strive regularly to integrate life and career to honor my personal relationships and my professional ambition. The pattern resembles a roller coaster with ups and downs of activity and never a steady balance. This reality check has allowed me to navigate the ultra-busy career times and offset them with precious down time for me.
I’ll admit that in previous years, I have not taken all of m...
Let it go.
If you are a parent of a young child like I am, those three little words immediately conjure images of Elsa, Anna and the 900 times you’ve listened to the Frozen soundtrack over the past few years.
But I think they are also words that we non-Millennials need to embrace when it comes to managing the younger generation.
This post was inspired by a conversation I recently had over coffee and eggs with a...
What are some of the more common reasons leaders, especially leaders of startups, fail? And, how can we learn from failure and become even more successful because of the experience?
My friend, Dan Levitan, managing partner of Maveron, a leading venture capital firm he founded with Howard Schultz president and CEO of Starbucks, says this,
Leaders may be headed for failure when:
They don’t own the outcome. T...
'I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.' Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was a nonviolence anti-apartheid activist, politician and philanthropist who became South Africa’s first black president from 1994 to 1999. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the Af...
Until recently, professional service consisted of human providers having real-time, face to face interactions with customers that were rewarded according to the amount of time spent. In this traditional model, advice or products are highly customized, focusing on the needs of individuals.
But in the near future, disruptive new models for the production and distribution of expertise are emerging thanks to advances in digital...