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How to Handle a Narcissistic Manager

People with narcissistic tendencies often get into management positions. Maybe it’s because they are drawn to positions of power – maybe they’re just good at convincing others that they are the right person for the job. Whatever the reason, if you’re stuck with working for a narcissistic manager, it can be emotionally draining and eat away at your self-esteem. Being able to recognize the signs and implement some strategies for survival can save your sanity. What is a Narcissistic Manager? The literal definition of narcissism is "excessive interest in or admiration of oneself" but when it comes to management habits, it may be more recognizable as extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration. Sound familiar? While most...

10 Essential Health and Wellness Tips for the Busy Entrepreneur

For the most part, entrepreneurs are driven, ambitious people who are willing to go above and beyond to make their dreams come true. While there are obvious benefits to being committed and dedicated to your work, there's a downside too. If you're so obsessed with "winning" at work that you forget to pay attention to other aspects of your life, your mental and physical wellbeing can begin to suffer. Are you a healthy entrepreneur? As difficult as it can be to find a moment to eat a home-cooked meal or spend some time with the family when you have a business to run, health and wellness are two must-have ingredients in any successful companies. The good news is that making healthy living a habit not...

Your Professional Career Coach Wants You to Ask Yourself These Questions

Whichever stage you are at in your career, there are questions you should be asking in your current job and for any job you might consider in the future. There are many examples of students who start college as one major, but wind up switching at some point and receiving a degree in a different major. In fact, statistics show that nearly a third of college students change their major within three years. If this is the case, then it shouldn’t be a surprise if the same happens when these students graduate from college and join the workforce. That is, they get jobs in their field of study only to discover it isn’t really what they want to do. If there is one thing most…

The Procrastinators Advantage

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Title Herb Carver  |  Date 2018  |                    . By 1935, architect Frank Lloyd Wright appeared to be finished. It’s not that Wright hadn’t enjoyed an accomplished career. He’d designed and built some 500 offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, museums and homes; pioneered what came to be called the Prairie School movement of architecture and originated the Usonian city planning concept; wrote dozens of books (including his own autobiography) and delivered lectures in Europe and the United States. But now in his late 60’s, many critics considered him a relic. “Modern Architecture” was all the rage – embracing new construction technologies of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete. Wright wanted nothing of it and within the industry, his younger...

How Should HR Handle Employees With Controversial Political Views?

HR and Employees with Political Views
In today's world, opinions about political matters are practically everywhere. One place they shouldn't dominate, however, is the workplace. Here are some of the basics that HR employees should know about handling political disputes. Why Do Overly Political Employees Present a Problem? An employee who holds a controversial political opinion isn't a problem by necessity. The problem arises when that employee discusses his or her views at length in the workplace, often making other workers uncomfortable in the process. At that point, political conversations between that employee and others can disrupt the normal flow of business. Though most political controversies at work will only produce minor problems, some can get out of hand. One of the most prominent recent examples of major disruptions caused by...

5 Advantages of the “No Jerk Rule”

"No Jerks Rule" PointAbove.com
After 20+ years in the corporate world, I’ve dealt with my fair share of jerks. I’ll even admit to thinking that jerks must have just been drawn to my field – they appeared too frequently not to be. But after a few years working as a success coach alongside those in industries as diverse as software development, media production, materials manufacturing, engineering, product sales, and professional services, I can assure you that jerks find work pretty much everywhere. Sometimes these jerks are customers and sometimes they’re “important” clients. Sometimes they’re trainees, sometimes they’re coworkers, and sometimes they’re learned veterans. Perhaps worst of all, sometimes the boss is a jerk. If there is any pattern that I’ve been able to discern it’s this: the more critical a...