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Be Your Own Valentine

Be Your Own Valentines
Title Herb Carver  |  Date 2018  |                    . Love is in the air… or at least it’s on the calendar. As Valentines Day arrives this week, you’re bound to be reminded to “be” something or other to express your value (or to feel valued by others). And while this may come as a surprise to some, I don’t know that that message is so bad. We’re generally big on care and compassion. And love, even the commercially promoted version, is perhaps the most common expression of our interdependence; the most human of needs to care for, and to be cared for by, others. Whether your love is focused on a specific someone else or not this...

Top 5 Ways to Score Your Dream Job in 2018

The end of the year is an ideal time to reflect and evaluate what you'd like your life to look like this time next year. If your plans include going after your dream job, prepare yourself well before you start sending out resumes by doing the following: 1. Be Smarter About Your Social Media Usage Most people know to be careful what they post on social media in the months prior to looking for a new job. After all, you want to present yourself in the best light possible, not have your prospective employer sift through your "dirty laundry." However, Money magazine advises taking your social media skills up a notch and letting all of your social media contacts know about your search. They also...

Think Twice Before You Take That Counteroffer

Taking the Counteroffer
You successfully navigated sneaking off to job interviews while keeping your full-time schedule and came back with an offer in hand. But now instead of wishing you luck, your manager is suddenly paying attention to you – making the counteroffer with additional perks and a pay raise to stay. What should you do? Is Your Current Employer Just Buying Time? Losing an employee can send a department into a lurch, especially when there's already too much work to go around. When you tell your employer you're leaving, they may start to think about the remaining employees losing morale as they have to cover for you or about how much work just won't get done. But there may be more than operational concerns at play. Allowing...

Texas Strong: Hurricane Harvey

We are high and dry with no storm damage to report following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall. Thanks to everyone for the phone calls, texts, emails, and social media posts – checking on us and making kind offers of support.  The comfort of being thought of is more than we can adequately express here. However, as evidenced by the near-continuous media coverage, not everyone was as fortunate as we were. Equally as evident is the care that people are expressing for one another… regardless of the differences that only days ago were so conveniently used to separate us. It’s true, we live in a dynamic universe – one that is sometimes at odds with our dreams, our wishes and our desires. And yet we remain open and…

3 Powerful Ways to Be Happy in Life

3 Powerful Ways to Be Happy in Life

Are you searching for ways to be happy in life? Use these 3 powerful habits to reset your outlook from negativity to positivity. Turn your mental frown upside down and enjoy each day just as it is. Eliminate Expectations A quick way to become unhappy is to develop expectations about people and your life circumstances. It’s rarely the actions of others or the situations you find yourself in that make you unhappy; it’s the thoughts that you have about them that cause the misery. For example, if you expect your best friend to have infinite time for you, to always remember your birthday, and to call you every day, then you are setting yourself up for disappointment. (and can we just admit together that your…

5 Tips For Avoiding Distractions

We all get distracted sometimes. A noise that catches the ear, a movement captured by peripheral vision, or an instant message that appears on the computer screen – all create distractions that interrupt a person’s concentration. However, if you are getting distracted so frequently at work that you’re unable to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner, that’s a serious problem. In that case, you should pursue strategies for avoiding distractions. Here are six techniques to avoid getting distracted at the office. 1. Nip it in the Bud If you become aware that something has the potential to distract you, take action to prevent that happening before the distraction happens. For example, if you are assigned a desk beside a window and you know that…

Tackling Endless To-Do’s

There are few things I find more satisfying than crossing off items on my “To Do” List. Of course it’s equally dissatisfying when more items appear on the list than the number I’m able to scratch off. In fact, some weeks I find the To-Do List is the perfect summary of how my week is going – gaining ground or losing ground. If you’re anything like me, consider changing up how you view the unfinished tasks that lay ahead by trying out one of these time management lifehacks. Divvy Up Your To-Do List Instead of a traditional list, divide your To-Do’s into four sections like the adjoining squares on a four-square court. In the upper left hand corner, name the square “Urgent and Important.” The…

7 Tips for “The New Guy”

Although we often work with mid-life career changers, we’re frequently asked to to offer advice to those nearer to the beginning of their career (that time when it may seem that success is far away). As a newcommer, you’re likely at the bottom of the hierarchy, you have no responsibility, and your salary is relatively low. Still, what you may lack in postion you make up for in optimism and energy (traits we not only remain envious of but also secretly hope are contagious). Aside from hard work, longevity, and luck, there are certain qualities shared by those who succeed. Here are seven tips for achieving success in any career:  1. Make Good Mistakes It’s not smart or constructive to repeat old mistakes, but sometimes making new…

Secrets to a Mindful Business Life

Let me know if this at all sounds familiar? You’re first thought upon waking is the assembly of today’s “To-Do” list and by the time you arrive at work you’re being to feel the twinge of overwhelm. You make an effort to participate in idle conversation with coworkers but other thoughts hold you back. So back to the grind you go – attempting to “multi-task” amidst distractions, juggling duties as the priorities sporadically change. Upon arriving back home you’re asked if anything interesting happened today and though tired, you struggle to recall anything of importance. If you aren’t fully invested in the moment it can feel next to impossible to remember and truly appreciate the day you had at work. An average full-time job is 40 hours…

Tools to Help You Succeed Working with a Remote Team

If you currently manage a remote team, you’re probably aware of the challenges that come with managing workers scattered across different time zones and geographic locations. This disconnect has also made it harder to find and retain talented people. As workers and workforces have made a move towards location-independence, technology has followed suit. In recent years, many new tools have been developed to help companies more effectively manage remote and freelance teams. These tools also improve communication between teams, making both employers and workers happier. Here are six tools you can use to successfully manage your mobile workforce: Slack Businesses with good communication practices experience a 50 percent lower turnover rate than other companies, even within the same industry. That makes good communication the most…

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