Posts Tagged ‘office’

Is Your Office Inspiring?

You spend at least a third of your life there. You’re there for most waking hours. It’s where you work most closely with other people. And yet, it looks plain, uninspiring, and probably outright depressing. Your surroundings have more of an impact on your creativity and productivity than you may think. That’s why you need to be more intentional about your Read the full article »

You Need a Productivity Breakthrough

OK – I admit that I have a fetish for to do lists. Not that I’m that detailed, but I love working with apps that help me sort and organize my to do lists. My two favorites are Things and Wunderlist. I’m a big fan of David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” concept, but I have one big problem with it: I’m a big idea person, so I’m always coming up with things I should do, films I should make, client tasks, and more. So I looked at my to do list recently and it had Read the full article »

Stop Hating Your Job and Start Redefining It

Before you totally give up on your miserable job, just remember that jobs are often not as inflexible as we think.  The written job description for your position is mostly likely a document that was created years ago and hasn’t changed much even though technology is radically redefining the workplace today.  Here’s a few suggestions before you give up and resign – or perhaps worse – accept that nothing will ever change: Read the full article »

When To Stop Talking

For some reason, I’ve been meeting a lot of people who don’t know when it’s time to stop talking.  Most of the time they’re meeting me after I teach, or it’s an interview, and I know they mean well, but it’s driving me nuts.  Obviously, they’re nervous, and most people talk when they’re nervous.  Plus, I think they feel an obligation to pitch themselves and simply don’t know when to stop.  I keep looking for openings to jump in and change the subject or bring the conversation to a halt, but with some folks, that’s nearly impossible.  So here’s my advice:  Read the full article »

Be Careful When Employees Recommend People for Jobs at Your Organization

A new study called “Tainted Recommendations: The Social Comparison Bias” reports that when an employee recommends someone to hire or promote, they might be hurting your company in order to boost their self-esteem.  The study found that employees tend to recommend people who they know can’t outperform them at tasks they feel they are good at doing.  It was the same thing with picking partners for team projects.  The majority picked a partner who wouldn’t
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Finding the Cause of the Office Jerk

Sue Shellenbarger recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal about dealing with office jerks and tyrants.  We’ve all seen it – probably way too much.  But the interesting thing about Sue’s approach was to look at how family problems in childhood often create these office monsters.  For instance, the guy in meetings who’s always pushy and loud, may have been raised in a large family where being pushy and loud was the only way to get any attention.  She also made a good point about how to solve the issue:
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How to Be Welcomed into Higher Level Meetings

One of the biggest frustrations I hear from employees at organizations we work with, is that they don’t get invited into high level meetings.  They feel decisions are made at these meetings, but they have little or no input.  I understand how they feel.  When I was working my way up, I was always trying to get into higher level meetings.  But the point is, most employees don’t get invited for a few simple reasons.  In most cases, it’s not because they don’t have good ideas.  In most cases, it’s a value issue.  If you’re an employee, here’s a few thoughts that will help you get
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Governor Mark Sanford: Email is Not Your Friend

One of the most surprising revelations to come out of the Mark Sanford sexual affair with a woman from Argentina is the exposure of their romantic email correspondence.   Let me be very clear:  When you type an email, once you hit “SEND,” you’ve lost control of that message.  You have absolutely no idea where it will end up, who will read it, and how it might be used against you.  Attorneys will tell you that in a legal case, the first thing the other side demands
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The Loud Guy in the Office

I just checked into a hotel in Texas, and had an interesting experience at the registration desk. The night manager was very personable, outgoing, friendly, and nice. The only problem was, he never actually accomplished anything. As the line grew longer at the registration desk, he would smile and say, “We’ll be right with you” and then disappear behind a door, leaving a harried young woman all by herself. When I needed to get a fax, he loudly said, “Absolutely sir, I’ll take care of it right away.” Once again,
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Effective Mass E-Mails

Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact, lists these 5 tips to writing effective subject lines in mass e-mails or newsletters. If you send out announcements, e-mail newsletters, or mass e-mails of any sort, they’re worth considering:
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