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5 Things That Need to Stop at Work…Right Now

5 Things That Need to Stop at Work…Right Now

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I’ve worked in various industries for some great companies. While their mission statements and strategic goals might have been different, they have have one thing in common…employees that display horrible work behavior. Here’s the top 5 behaviors that really just need to stop. Not now, but right now.

1. Unproductive Gossiping – Yes, there’s such a thing as productive gossip. Talking about a new project or initiative and how it will improve workflow process or boost employee morale is productive gossip. Gossiping about the latest office romance? Unproductive, unnecessary and makes you look bitter. Also, making stuff up just to sound like you are “in the know” makes you appear desperate for attention. You have better things to do.

2. Taking Credit for Work You Didn’t Do – I can’t believe people still do this and think that they can get a way with it. If you are working with a team to complete a project, make sure you publicly thank the ENTIRE team even if you think you did all of the work. Trust me, you’ll be respected and people will want you on their team in the future. The cute BCC on feature on emails is used more often than you think. Don’t let work karma bite you in the butt.
3. Arriving to Meetings Late – Just stop it. Seriously. It’s disrespectful to the meeting organizer and the other attendees. I do my best to arrive to meetings early. I don’t like to keep people waiting because it’s rude. My supervisor has a standing rule that if you are late, you have to either sing, dance or tell a joke. Don’t be the source of entertainment or laughter. Learn how to manage your 168 and get to meetings on time.
4. Coming to Meetings Unprepared – In my opinion, this is worse than arriving late. If you are facilitating a meeting, make sure you have an agenda. No one wants to sit through a meeting while you try to wing it. If you are responsible for an item on the agenda, make sure you have everything you need to contribute to the meeting. Want to be a superstar? Distribute materials ahead of time so that the attendees can come to the meeting feeling prepared and ready to contribute to the conversation.
5. Being a Naysayer…ALL THE TIME – Negative Nelly. Debbie Downer. Nervous Norbit. Buzzkill Bobby. Whatever your name is, please know that you are sucking the life out of your co-workers. Your constant negative comments about every idea suggested by a co-worker doesn’t make you the “devil’s advocate”. It makes you look like the most insecure person in the office. Get some ideas of your own instead of wasting time finding something wrong with someone else’s idea. Instead of saying, “No, that won’t work” try saying “That sounds interesting. Can you tell me more?”
I would love to hear what bad work habits/behaviors you like to see added to the list.
With love,
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Where I Go To Get My Mojo

Where I Go To Get My Mojo

I love to read as much as I love write and there are several blogs that make it worth my while to sit down and enjoy some coffee or some wine (depending on my mood or time of day).

In no particular order or catagory, here are some of the blogs I’m inspired by:

The Middle Finger Project – The best way to describe this blog is to use the creator’s words “This is the hotspot for anyone striking out on their own, growing a business or venture, and looking for fresh, interesting ways to make anybody care.  The word “newsletter” is officially banned, and we throw banana peels at terrible internet marketing fads like “download my eBook.” Because nobody wants your free goodies, unless you’re Ciara or Petey Pablo, and even then.” Snarky and in your face, she says the things you wish you could.Profanity aside, I think she’s brilliant.

Daily Worth – Their goal is that all women see money not as a source of stress and anxiety, but as one of freedom and empowerment. Investing doesn’t have to be complicated. Saving is not selfish. And spending doesn’t have to be accompanied by guilt.

Corporette – Corporette is a fashion and lifestyle blog for women lawyers, bankers, MBAs, consultants, and otherwise overachieving chicks who need to look professional but want to look fashionable.

Fitness Fashionista – The blog got its start aa a way to document her weight loss journey. Now it’s about an overall lifestyle shift that covers ALL different aspects of life from physical to financial.

With love,

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Be Proud of Your Battle Scars

Be Proud of Your Battle Scars

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In Dr. Brene Brown’s New York Times best-seller book, “Daring Greatly” she opens the book with one of the most poignant passages I’ve ever read. Taken from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “Citizenship in a Republic” which was delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910, the passage reads:

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,

because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

The book “Daring Greatly” is all about how the courage to be vulnerable transforms the way we live, love, parent and lead. There are joys and pitfalls of being vulnerable. The joy is that you feel free to be yourself, imperfections and all and present them to people around you hope will accept them and love you anyway. Or to paraphrase Dr. Brown, “be able to carry the weight of your story”. The pitfalls include being judged, ridiculed, ostracized and talked about based on presumptuous assumptions based on hearsay.

The one thing I have found to be true is folks will talk about you and they have never been in the arena. Hell, they have never been on the block of the arena or better yet don’t know the name of the arena. They criticize you but they have never done what you are trying to do. Your critics don’t matter. Your critics do not know what defeat feels like because they don’t have the courage to go into the arena.

If you are in the arena, I applaud you. Continue to shine bright even when others wish, hope and pray for you to dim your light to make them comfortable. While there are naysayers standing on the outside of the arena criticizing you, there are also people watching you go in and fight, come out battered and go back in the very next day who are inspired by your determination and focus. To quote a wise friend, it doesn’t matter if you throw glitter or shade, there are some people will never like you. And that’s okay. Your purpose and achievements do not require applause or the approval of people who never have and probably never will step one foot into the arena.

With love,

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Five Ways to Boost Your Personal Brand

Five Ways to Boost Your Personal Brand

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What does Apple, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, FedEx, Southwest Airlines. General Electric and Microsoft all have in common? Amazing brand recognition.  So how you boost your personal brand? It’s not as hard as you think.

  1. Create your own personal website or landing page. Believe me, this is not as hard as it may sound. In many cases it can be done for free or very little cost. For as little as $10 per month, you can create a site without knowing any coding language.  Having a personal website will allow you to have a space put up a virtual resume and any project samples that showcase your skills.
  2. Create slide share presentations. SlideShare is a great way to put up content about your area of expertise.  If you are not familiar with Slide Share, take a look at what other people have shared. Some of the best presentations have very little copy and more images to convey the message.
  3. Create a YouTube video channel.  If you have a smartphone, you have the capability to record a video. YouTube has an editing section is easy to use once you spend some time learning the different tools available.  With one video you can introduce yourself, your knowledge, personality, and creativity all in one place.
  4. Complete your entire LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you are doing yourself a disservice. HR reps around the world are viewing LinkedIn profiles. A well-done profile is almost a prescreening process for jobs and even promotions. Business owners use LinkedIn to decide if they should do business with you.  Much like a personal website or landing page, LinkedIn allows you to showcase your body of work and the steps you have taken to get to where you are at in your career.
  5. Start a blog. You can use sites like Tumblr, Blogger, and WordPress to create a free blog page. Your topic can be on anything that you enjoy and you can choose to write commentary, give advice or just show images. It’s your blog, you can do whatever your want….as long as it strengthens your brand.

Do you have any tips for personal branding? Share them below in the comments.

With love,

 

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