Self-Reflection (from the archives)

The process of understanding yourself can be challenging.  Sometimes we aren’t honest with ourselves.  Sometimes we don’t see the whole picture.  Sometimes we see exactly what is there, but fight against it.  That being said, it is important to do your best.  Only when you know what makes yourself tick, will you be able to…

Perfectionism and other excuses (from the archives)

There are so many excuses that keep us from moving forward: “I want to make sure it is just right,” or “I need more time to develop skills,” or “The timing isn’t quite right.”  These excuses hide our fear of change and of stepping outside our comfort zone.  We try to protect ourselves against all possible negative outcomes before…

Mentorship part 2: Wearing the shoes others would like to fill (from the archives)

Okay, so here are my thoughts on the other side of the mentorship equation: being a mentor.  As you know, I believe seeking mentors is extremely important when you are making your way up.  What about when you have made it (or at least made it part way)?  How do you give back?   Finding and supporting mentees…

Let’s ban burnout! (from the archives)

“I’m so burned out!” “I’m exhausted.” and “I just need to make it to the weekend.”  These should be red flags, but are often just the response to “How are you doing?”  Burnout is rampant for so many people.  How do you avoid it? How do you recover? Take care of your health.  Now, I…

Finding Balance – a neverending journey (from the archives)

Balancing work and life is extremely challenging.  I want to say that again.  Balancing work and life is extremely challenging!  I am repeating myself because, as I troll through Facebook and self-help spheres, it seems like if you just do a few simple things, you will get it and be forever blissful.  Poppycock!  (Sorry for the outmoded expostulation.  Just…

The 7 Reasons Your Employees Don’t Perform and What You Can Do About It (from the archives)

When you manage others, you are evaluated  based on the work your employees perform (by your customers, by your boss, etc.).  This can feel like a very risky proposition, if you don’t know how to get your employees to do good work.  Here are some of the reasons I’ve encountered that employees don’t perform. You don’t act like…