Truly extraordinary people avoid spending time with mediocre friends for a reason – even if you are brilliant, you could change if you’re sticking with the wrong crowd. Instead, spend time with people who inspire you, who share your values, who you can learn from and who make you a better person. Spend time with energetic, optimistic people who get sh*t done, and you will too.
Social media has been known to make us feel bad about ourselves as we constantly compare our lives to highlight reel of others. Yet we often forget about our own positive memories as we become busy with chasing our next goal. What if instead of scrolling through the social media feeds of others, we looked at our own moments of pride and joy?
Having a career development conversation with your leader can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be hard. By planning for the conversation, being honest about your short-term and long-term goals, establishing clarity around how your learning plan ties into the business need and asking for actionable feedback, you can own your development and drive your career forward.
We struggle with conversations not because we don’t know the right thing to say, but because we are poor listeners. While conventional science has preached that we seek to listen to understand, not to respond, we need to take it one step further – listen to connect, not judge or reject. When we do so, we expand the space between us and others. We create a greater shared meaning, enable trust, and become better communicators.
What’s in a job title anyway? Job titles serve as a representation of who we are. We tout them around at work and in social or networking environments, but they often fall short of describing who we are and what we do. What if we could re-invent the system and create our own job titles? What would yours be?
When was the last time you properly thanked your employees, colleagues or manager? Research demonstrates that having an attitude of gratitude won’t just help you in your personal life, it can also do wonders for your work life as well. Here are 3 practical ways that you can start incorporateing recognition into your leadership repetoire now!
When thinking about the types of skills one would need to succeed in a business environment, generosity isn’t usually something that comes up. Leadership, yes. Vision, absolutely. Ability to execute, you bet. But I’d like to argue that just as important as all of those skills is the skill of generosity. It has the power to make or break your career.
Strengths psychology is based on the premise that instead of focusing on what is wrong with people, we should focus on what is right with people. Imagine if you were able to do only the things that you do best at work. How productive would you be? Each of us has a unique set of talents that we are born with. Take this short quiz to help you discover where your natural strengths may lie!