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“I’ve got big shoes to fill. This is my chance
to do something. I have to seize the moment.”—
Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States.
In just about every field of endeavor, you start out at or near
the bottom (depending on the extent and quality of your education),
and have to work your way up from there. According to the Peter
Principal, you also rise to yo...
Office politics getting you down? You’re not alone.
Getting caught up in workplace drama can be distracting at best. At
worst, it can impact the future of your career.
However, it’s important to remember that if you are a top
performer, you can, and should, rise above it. Here are some ways
to keep out of trouble.
Know what you want
A common theme in workplace success is knowing what y...
One of the most interesting things about being a consultant is
that I have the opportunity to see a wide variety of people and
cultures first hand. I see what motivates people and what doesn't;
I hear about what people really want from their companies and what
organizations want in return. I also get a close-up look at what
causes poor morale, turnover and dissatisfaction. And when one
I recently attended my first improvisation class. It was
everything I thought it would be: scary, difficult, fun, and a
unique learning experience. What I noticed was the similarity
between the skills you need to be good at improvisation and those
skills you need to grow professionally and to become a good
The learnings from my first class are:
1. Collaboration is critical, trust is
Why do merely good companies still outnumber the superior ones
by a factor of hundreds to one? The problem isn’t the concept
of moving from good to great to superior; it’s the
implementation. Leadership frequently fails because we can’t
see our greatest flaws. It’s not just a matter of not seeing
the forest for the trees; too often, we can’t see our flaws
because we a...
I am an office manager in a medium-sized company. Prior to this
promotion one year ago, I worked with the women I now supervise.
After my promotion, I had my share of resentment and jealousy from
these women. They have gotten much better and I finally can say I'm
beginning to enjoy supervision.
My problem centers around one woman who was out on a maternity
leave and who is now back. Sh...
As we enter 2016, I’d like to pose a question to anyone
reading this who feels a bit overwhelmed: how will
youregaincontrolof your time?
I’ve spent most of my career providing answers to that
question, in terms of time management, self-discipline, setting
personal boundaries, intelligent use of new technology,
flexibility, speed, and more. The answers are many and
“What do you think?” “Be honest about how you
really feel.” “What’s really going on?”
“Let’s get real.” Sounds easy to open up,
In reality, telling someone how you really feel can be
difficult—especially at work. Offering up a new idea can feel
scary. Sometimes being really open and honest about things means
the other side of...
I’ve heard a lot of people grumble about having to go to
their company holiday party. If you’ve seen The
Office, then it’s no surprise why. But the point of a
party is to be fun. So why do people hate going to their holiday
Well, I for one actually like going to my company’s
holiday party. And I’m here to say that if your people hate
the holiday party, then y...
I work for a small department of a large employer who frequently
receives holiday gifts from vendors with whom we do business, as a
thank you, at the end of the year. However, when we receive the
gifts, we aren't allowed to open them to enjoy. Rather, our boss
tells us not to touch them because we will re-gift them to other
people in order to save money. These are sometimes other
I usually discourage my readers from trying to make themselves
indispensable at work, because when you do that, you limit your
opportunities for promotion. While you may have some advantage when
it comes to getting raises, your supreme competence and usefulness
to your superiors makes them unwilling to let you go.
I‘m becoming more of a realist. At 45,
perhaps it’s because I’m ge...
Every six months, everyone at BambooHR gets together (even all
our remote and out-of-state employees) for an all-hands-on-deck
company meeting to motivate and recharge our team. This is a great
time to get everyone on the same page about the progress
we’re having and the direction we’re headed.
There’s good food, fun and hard work.
Here are ten great reasons why company meetings...
Clearly, work is no laughing matter. It’s where you spend
a good third of your life, focused on the things that really matter
so you can out-produce your competitors and flood the bottom line
with black ink. Some people forget that work is just a part of
life—you’re not supposed to live to work—and they
become consumed by it. Yes, you should enjoy your work and even be
In the 25 years since I started my company The Productivity Pro,
Inc., I’ve worked with literally hundreds of teams on
improving their performance and collective productivity.
Here are the 15 characteristics I’ve seen in those that are
the most successful:
Productive teams celebrate social events like holidays,
birthdays, and anniversaries in order to increase cohesion. They
Recently, I've had a performance evaluation which was very
unsatisfactory. I've been employed at this hospital for over ten
years. Now suddenly, my work "needs improvement" and I have three
months to do it in, otherwise, "be written up."
There are 22 areas on this evaluation that you need to meet
requirements with 30 pages of documentation to prove they have been
met. There is an...
“See you in a month!”
I was told that by one of our executives as he stopped by HR to
complete paperwork for his impending 30-day vacation. My thought
was: what would it be like to take an entire month at one time for
vacation?I told him jokingly that I would
not know what to do with myself if I had a whole month off. He
admonished me and told me that vacation is for rest and
When was the last time you worked completely alone, with no one
to help you? Unless you’re an impoverished artist starving in
a garret somewhere, the answer’s probably never. No matter
what our career tracks or work disciplines, nearly all of us depend
on other people to help and back us up. Even people who work far
afield, like explorers and archaeologists, tend to work in groups
Dear Joan: People talk about the paramount
importance and the need to keep employees in the organization
motivated. Some management gurus also keep saying a monetary
allowance is not the only way to keep employees motivated. I
understand there could be plenty of ways to keep people in the
organization motivated, but can managers practically keep all the
employees in the organization motivated? The...
There are several reasons you might be ready to pack it up at
work; finding a new job, taking a temporary leave or being laid
off. Each situation warrants its own level of sensitivity but
whether you’re leaving by choice, circumstance or
temporarily, aiding in the transitioning process can be the
mutually beneficial happy ending everyone deserves.
You might be checked out, you might b...
I love technology—up to a point. There’s no doubt
electronic technology in particular has boosted our productivity to
remarkable levels. But at the same time, electronics appeal so much
to some of us that we waste time doing things we shouldn’t at
work. I’ve known internet addicts who couldn’t go an
hour without checking their favorite websites, and there are