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18 ways to be more positive at work

18 ways to be more positive at work

Create a Culture Where People Are Open to Feedback

Create a Culture Where People Are Open to Feedback

The benefits of an open culture — where frank, candid discussions about problems are possible — are immense, but building an open culture is difficult. However, once you establish the practice of open feedback across the company, you’ll likely find that it builds momentum quickly. Leaders can set their organization on the path to having an open culture by modeling three behaviors:

Performance Management

Performance Management

Performance Management

6 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Presenting

6 Ways to Reduce the Stress of Presenting

Many of us have to give presentations, and many of us feel anxious or stressed in the days leading up to them. Shifting the way you think about your presentation can help you feel less stressed about it. Here are some ways to change your mind-set:

Every single day you make a choice...

Every single day you make a choice...

It's your choice ...

The Key to Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

The Key to Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

Rich was a plant manager with a 10,000-person workforce producing a billion dollars of product per year. He was a pro at his craft and highly respected in his industry. I met with him and his team weekly as an organization development consultant for a couple of years. Someone from HR asked him to participate in a new program called “360 Feedback.” He had never heard of such a thing but thought it seemed worthwhile. “After all,” he told me, “feedback is the breakfast of champions!”

Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes

Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes

There’s growing evidence that conventional performance reviews are not working. According to a CEB analysis, organizations can only improve employee performance 3% to 5% using standard performance management approaches. Last fall, 53% of human resources professionals in a Society for Human Resource Management study gave a grade between B to C+ when rating how their organization managed performance reviews. Only 2% gave an A to their organization. As a result of findings like these, some companies are doing away with annual performance reviews altogether.

Why You Need To Hire A Coach In 2015

Why You Need To Hire A Coach In 2015

Do you have a coach?  If not, you could be limiting your career success. That’s because coaches help you identify and focus on what’s important, which accelerates your success. According to coaches.com, good coaches:

Identifying the Skills That Can Help You Change Careers

Identifying the Skills That Can Help You Change Careers

One of the hardest parts of switching careers is knowing which of your skills can be applied in a new way. The good news is many industries may value your talents as much as your current one does. Here's how to identify your transplantable core skills:

What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop

What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop

Few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings anymore. Instead of taking notes by hand, more and more of us take them on a laptop or tablet. This change makes sense: Digital devices just seem more convenient, plus they let you multitask during the meeting. But research has found that there are real benefits to taking notes by hand.

Coaching

Coaching

Change...

Change...

Who wants change?

How an Accounting Firm Convinced Its Employees They Could Change the World

How an Accounting Firm Convinced Its Employees They Could Change the World

It’s a fabled story about a janitor’s exchange with President Kennedy during the early days of NASA: “What do you do?” the president supposedly asked the man with a broom during a visit to Cape Canaveral. “Well, Mr. President, I’m helping to put a man on the moon.”

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

Why Curious People Are Destined for the C-Suite

When asked recently to name the one attribute CEOs will need most to succeed in the turbulent times ahead, Michael Dell, the chief executive of Dell, Inc., replied, “I would place my bet on curiosity.”

Focus on Winning Either Hearts or Minds

Focus on Winning Either Hearts or Minds

We’ve all heard the axiom that to persuade others effectively, we have to win both the hearts and minds of our audience. For people who are naturally persuasive (or overwhelmingly charismatic) this comes naturally. The rest of us have to cultivate the ability to persuade others. All too often winning hearts and minds feels like a paradox. Why? People are complicated and so are the problems we’re solving. Trying to leverage both emotion and logic can actually make us less influential if we don’t have a plan.

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