Office Politics: Naughty or Nice?

Navigating Office PoliticsI’ve been thinking a lot about office politics in the past couple of weeks. That’s because I’ve been creating an audio program on the subject. I chose that topic because office politics seems to be a term that strikes fear in the hearts of people who work in an organization. Whenever things go wrong for people in their jobs, they tend to blame it on office politics. And often they’re right.

But rather than blame the politics, I suggest making office politics your friend—at least as much as you can. Then, rather than dreading its effect on you and your career, you could learn to be a positive actor in the politics of your workplace. [Read more…]

Do You Have the Boss From Hell?

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Having hierarchical levels has pretty much become necessary in most companies. If you happen to work in a company that has no levels and no real bosses, then read no further unless you want to help out your buddy who does have the boss from hell.

Most bosses are people who have been promoted because they showed leadership promise and were interested in supervising and leading others. However, like the rest of the population, there are the occasional ‘bad actors’ who for whatever reason make life miserable to those who report to them.

Strategies to Stay Sane [Read more…]

5 People Who Probably Won’t Be Successful at Work

 

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Ever wonder why some people do well at work while others never seem to get ahead? If you’re in the latter category, maybe it’s time to take a good look in the mirror to see if your actions might be sabotaging you.

As an executive and workplace coach I’ve had a chance to observe these ‘characters’ first hand. Some of them have even been coaching clients. Many of them were able to change their actions once they became aware of them. However some were just too stubborn or entrenched to change—and they suffered the consequences. [Read more…]

Is Your Mood Making You a PITA at Work?

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How’s your mood? The answer to this question is an important one because your mood (sometimes called ‘attitude’ in the workplace) is a strong factor in how well you do at work.

A Negative Mood Can Make You Less Successful at Work

Why is this? Because having a negative mood can make you less successful at work. When you are living in a negative space, you lack the ability to see possibilities for yourself and for the situations and people around you. That can translate to your being a real pain in the tushie to work with—someone who others would rather work around than spend one additional minute in your presence. Also your negative mood can have an effect on your own well-being, taking the joy out of your day to day life. [Read more…]

Never Work Another Day in Your Life: Ways to Start Thriving in Your 9-5 Job

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A lot of us have to work for a living. Brilliant insight, I know. And some of us enjoy it, while some of us—not so much. So if you’re one of the lucky ones who loves every minute of their job—read no further. Or better yet, go ahead and read on and then send the post to a friend who needs it. [Read more…]

Is Your Job Killing Your Soul?

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Are you feeling depleted every time you think of going to work? Do you dread Monday mornings? Find yourself having a hard time getting up in the morning? Your job is probably the culprit. From relationships that make you feel beaten, to too much work in too little time, sometimes it can feel like you’re selling your soul for a paycheck. [Read more…]

What To Do When You Hate Your Job

 

hate-your-job.gif.pagespeed.ce.2rhR1mmd6vAs I was considering the topic of this post, I decided to do a little research on how many people are unhappy in their jobs. And boy, was I in for a shock. The statistics say that 70% of Americans are unhappy with their jobs. (If you’re reading from another country, that statistic is probably lower. It’s a well-established fact that Americans (U.S.) have to work longer hours and get less vacation than employees in other countries.)

So a lot of people in the U. S. hate their jobs—or at the very least don’t love them. If you think about that, it’s pretty sad, since we spend about 2000 hours (or more) every year working at said jobs. [Read more…]