An unfortunate paradox regarding FOMO is that while you’re engaging in one thing, and fearing what you’re missing out on elsewhere, you’re actually missing out on the thing you’re doing. In my recent article It’s All About Perspective: Making The Jump From FOMO to JOMO, I explored how taking a pause, scanning through your values,…

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Because I’m an advocate of full transparency, I must make a confession: I felt a bit like Captain Obvious this month, using the DRIVEN blog to detail the importance of our culturally-embedded social skills….you know, those interactions of professionalism that stand as a “given” in any arena. And yet, I felt responsible to proceed because…

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With so many layers to self-awareness, it sometimes seems unreasonable to expect ourselves to practice this EQ virtue with any level of refinement. For instance, if you read my recent article Life Is Like A Wave On The Sand, you may have discovered that living in the present, which requires a dynamic sense of self-awareness,…

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If you’ve been dabbling lately in refining your self-awareness in both your career and your personal life, you’ve taken one of the most important measures for acquiring emotional intelligence. I hope my recent article The Self-Awareness Challenge has inspired you to take a deep breath, as well as a journey inside your own head to…

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Acquiring Tenacity through the lens of Self-Awareness is, as I mentioned in my recent article The Glory of Grit, a prime asset for any business professional. The trick is getting yourself there— a journey that can be simplified with a little curiosity, an intentional willingness to embrace that self-awareness, and a basic understanding of the…

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It’s a brand-new year. And as promised, our exploration of GRACE in the WorkplaceTM will continue to be the focus. But before we move forward with that exploration, take a moment to reflect on my 2017 articles about the R in GRACE: Resilience. You might recall how I compared Resilience to Weebles— those famous little…

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It’s become a 21st century buzz word for the ambitious, and as such, has been taken seriously as a productivity enhancer by professionals in all lines of business. For some managers, it is expected from their subordinates, even required. There are techniques that are touted as more effective than others for engaging in this type…

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Workplace stress, in addition to diminishing our productivity, is one of the more common destructive forces that carve away at our mental resilience. Fortunately, for those business leaders who are in the know, stress is also one of the more avoidable workplace roadblocks. A move as simple as managers and reports joining forces to acknowledge…

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Over the first quarter of 2017, you may have picked up on the fact that working in a trust-deficient environment creates a certain social toxicity which places the amygdala on high alert. When this reptilian portion of our brain senses danger, it affects our prefrontal cortex— the part of the brain that pays the bills.…

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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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