The Front Burner Effect: Finding Mental Resilience Through The Art of Scheduling

The precious commodity known as Mental Energy is responsible for keeping us optimally focused on our professional duties. But as you may have learned in my recent article Mastering Mental Resilience, this commodity is perpetually under threat unless we actively take some steps toward preserving it. The elimination of productivity-sucking distractions such as click bait…

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Wake Up to The Facts: Understanding Sleep’s Correlation to Your Mental Energy

When I was a little girl, as part of my bedtime ritual, my father would ask me a few questions to guide me through my day in review. By holding up fingers, I could keep track of how many good things happened that day vs bad things. It was remarkable how the good always outnumbered…

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Steering Into That Skid: 4 More Lessons In Crisis Recovery Using Resilience

When the road ahead in your career appears besieged by potholes, debris, slippery surfaces and other unwelcomed surprises, preventing your own emotional spinouts can seem impractical. Then factor in those traumatic life events that catch you off-guard, and the emotional bruising can send you straight off the road. Part of the solution, as you may…

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The 2016 Wrap-Up, Including DRIVEN’s Articles of The Year

In looking back at 2016, there’s no denying it was the Year of Energy at DRIVEN. Inspired by my own past dealings with energy crises and the related roadblocks, and more importantly my success in overcoming the subsequent spinouts and confidence-busting turmoil, I developed 2016’s Programming Schedule and Blog Articles with the intention of restoring…

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Urgent and Unimportant: Surmounting The Tasks That Impede Your Real Work

Getting trapped in the career mindset of “busy work” is something that we professionals are all too familiar with. Frequent workplace interruptions come to mind as the mechanism for steering us away from productivity and toward the black hole of unnecessary tasking (remember that quote from The 5 Choices noting how it has become both…

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Sizing Up Your Biggest Critic: The End of the Impostor Syndrome

Of all the career roadblocks we’re likely to encounter, none are more fascinating, and more preventable, than the self-imposed ones. I discovered this in 2015, when examining workplace fears and organizing a live event that laid these fears on the table. Cara Power of Cara Power Coaching, that event’s presenter, demonstrated how our Inner Critics…

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We Know You’re In There: Smoking Out The Hidden Impostor

Think about the woman described here: She is well-educated, honest, ambitious, and has landed herself an excellent job with a respected firm. Yet somehow, she tends to frequently underestimate herself, characterized by a fear of failure and an underlying sense that she’s out of her league. To make matters worse, she’s chronically paranoid that someone…

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Is The Billable Hour Business Model Antiquated? You Be The Judge.

Recently, I filled you in on some of the “macro” stressors that lurk in today’s workplace, and the ways in which they drag down productivity and prompt employee turnover. Such seemingly-inconspicuous oversights like poor EQ among recruits, leadership by fear, a disconnect with millennial employees, and a general lack of sustainability are catching up with…

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Deeply-Rooted and Well-Balanced: Meet Winemaking Superwoman Luisa Ponzi!

Having an accountant as a father, I can remember when I was a young girl looking forward to April 16th. That’s when ‘busy season’ was finally over and Daddy would no longer be working late at night and on the weekends. Well, there’s another occupation where ‘busy season’ applies, but it’s much more reliant on…

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Scheduling Smartly: Putting The Anti-Busy Mindset Into Practice

I’ve written several articles now in an effort to convince you that busyness is merely a state of mind, and a precarious one at that. It inhibits corporate productivity, it promotes one-upsmanship, and it perpetuates a contagious cycle of office toxicity….quite the opposite of what we traditionally credited it for. Avoiding the word and the…

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