Gratitude in the Workplace

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    Thanksgiving is a traditional American Holiday to give thanks and gratitude for the past year in our lives. As you think about this holiday, consider who are people who make things happen around you so you can perform at your best in your workplace? Take this time to tell these people what you are thankful for and how what they do matter to you. Use this template to structure your thanks: “I am thankful for your Fill in the blank. By doing this, I am able to focus on Fill in the blank. I am glad to have…

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The Power of Eye Contact

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We’ve all heard that the one of the best ways to build rapport with others is through the use of eye contact. Yet, so little of us in our daily interactions even notice the people we are speaking with.  Spend some time observing the people you interact with at the coffee shop, the supermarket, the bank and begin to see how you can incorporate this basic skill to build a greater connection and influence others in your life. Notice the emotions people are feeling through their eyes and see how you can brighten up someone’s day by focusing on what…

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Changes are HARD

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It’s true, whether you’re starting a new school or a new job, those first day jitters don’t go away. I have a few friends who are starting new roles this past week and my son who is entering 4th grade in a new school. It is startling how similar their situations are. The environment is different than what was experienced before. The people are different. You may not know your way around to the most essential things like the bathroom, lunchroom or local eateries. Change is hard and can feel like your navigating an American Ninja Warrior course. Give yourself…

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Getting the Creative Juices Going

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Have you ever worked on a project or assignment where your mind just went blank? You keep on coming up with the same ideas over and over or you’re just not sure how to get started. Try these three simple ideas to jumpstart your creative juices: Research Your Topic Online: Whether it’s background information, resources, or how to information, going to the internet to look for additional information is a great way to get ideas and stimulate your thinking. Sometimes, we need just enough data in order to know how to proceed forward. If your work is in a highly…

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Let’s Be Full of Energy and Passion

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As we celebrated my daughter’s 11th birthday yesterday, a few of the kids were out in the backyard playing basketball. Some of our friends remarked that my 8 year son demonstrated a passion for the game and was full of energy after playing well over a hour. It struck me that the same analogy can be made for the workplace. When we all start out at a new job or company, we are all wide-eyed and busy tail. We believe that we can influence our work environment with our ideas and make a difference with our talents and expertise. We…

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Giving and Receiving Feedback

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If you saw someone with food stuck in their teeth, would you tell them about it? When I ask people this question, it’s amazing the dialogue we get into. It’s never a black and white response and most of the time people say “well, it depends”. The reality is the most precious gift you can give someone is your feedback, as hard as it might be for us. Without it, they are walking around unaware of something that could be getting in their way of success. Here are some simple tips to use when giving and receiving feedback. Giving Feedback Give…

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When Opportunity Knocks, Answer

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During the holiday season, I have a tendency to start my baking routine after Thanksgiving until Christmas as a small token of my family’s appreciation for the people who are in our lives. Yesterday, a parent from my kid’s Chinese class called me up asking to sign up for one of my cooking classes. When I told her, I don’t offer cooking classes she said “Why not? You should and besides, I want to learn exactly how to make all the cookies that you made for me.” What started out as a kind no, to a I’ll think about it, has now turned…

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New Year. New Skills

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With the new lunar year upon us, have you made your new year’s resolution this year to include improving your personal marketability? This is increasing your value and worth to your existing role and company or adding to your toolbox for a new role in the future. Ask  yourself: What new skills can I learn this year? How can I got about getting these new skills? Are there resources available currently in my company that I could tap into or can I make a case for my company to pay for me to attend a seminar or take a class? What…

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