Personal Effectiveness

Giving Praise as a Way to Increase Your Happiness

July 25, 2016

Are you a praise giver or taker? How you respond may offer a clue into your level of happiness at work. Happiness researcher Shawn Achor has made a name for himself studying the many facets of happiness. His research has uncovered a startling connection between praise and happiness: the more praise you give, the happier […]

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Are You Over-Functioning in Your Leadership Role?

July 18, 2016

Most people want to work for a caring boss. Not only is it more enjoyable, it’s good for your health, according to research by Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer. Compassion is certainly a hallmark of leadership effectiveness. But can a leader care too much? Shelley Row, a professional engineer and former transportation executive believes that caring […]

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When Persistence is Just Plain Stupid

July 11, 2016

When my kids were babies, it was fascinating to watch them learn to walk. One of my kids was determined from a very early age—far before it was physically feasible—to stand upright in what my husband and I can only assume was an attempt to begin to walk. We have pictures of our seven-month old […]

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Manners Matter at Work

June 27, 2016

Far from being an outdated, quaint throwback, manners are still in vogue at work. “Please” and “thank you” go a long way towards greasing the cogs of social interaction in the workplace. You might be skeptical of my claim, given our country’s current election cycle. But look past the soundbites of the 24/7 news cycle, […]

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6 Things I Learned from (Almost) Strangers That Will Help Make My Life Better

May 31, 2016

When I attend a business conference, I expect to learn things from the presenters. That’s a given.  There’s another great source of information that many conference participants overlook: one’s fellow attendees. Many people know that networking is an important part of the conference experience, but fewer realize that the true gold of an interaction during […]

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The Power of Living in the Moment

May 23, 2016

It was Day Six of my eight-day out of town trip, and back at home, my preteen daughter was trying to keep it together. She had been sick for several days, with a fever spiking to 102 degrees. Her sixth grade class was going through state testing for math, reading and science so her teachers […]

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5 Tips for Dealing with a Micromanaging Boss

May 11, 2016

People love to toss around the term “micromanager,” but what does that really mean? And, can having a boss that’s super-involved ever be a good thing? These are the issues I explore in my post over at the Café Quill site, called: Feeling Micromanaged? Turn it to Your Advantage. I offer five tips for effectively […]

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The Power of Almost Perfect Practice

May 1, 2016

As the school year wraps up, I reflect on the intersection of learning a new skill and encouragement. My daughter is nearing the end of her first year of playing the trumpet for her middle school band. From my perspective, she’s done remarkably well. To hear her tell it though, you’d form a different conclusion. […]

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How to be Productive When You Work for Someone Else

April 25, 2016

What’s your favorite day of the work week? I bet you said “Friday,” right? Because it’s the day before the weekend starts. Fair enough. Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week. Why? Because I’ve implemented a time management process that helps me stay focused and get lots of work done. I’ll lay out the […]

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What Your HR Manager Can (and Can’t) Accomplish with Assessments

April 5, 2016

“Hey Jennifer, we want to do a team building event with the XYZ personality assessment.” Over the years, this is how many of my conversations with senior leaders have started. Whether it was in my role as a corporate trainer, or as an independent executive coach, the theme was constant: a team leader sees a […]

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