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“You simply cannot craft a successful, rewarding and happy career or life if you don’t know yourself deeply, intimately and fearlessly.”
This outstanding line comes from an article I just read on the always inspiring Forbes.com website. The title of the article is “How Superficiality Will Kill Your Career” and it’s a powerhouse of a read. I’ve talked a lot in this blog about how to be happy at work. There are also countless books published on this topic every year that try to teach this concept.
The very fact that there are so many articles and books on the subject of happiness in the workplace illustrates the extent of our mutual, nationwide discontent at work — but are the solutions we have been coming up with too superficial to really make any profound or lasting changes?
Are you a chronic procrastinator?
I can hardly think of another “bad” habit that will take such a toll on your productivity and forward motion in your career over the years.
Whether you are procrastinating finishing a project or report, procrastinating over preparing a presentation, procrastinating on asking for a raise or a promotion, procrastinating on looking for a new job when the one you’re in clearly isn’t right, or procrastinating on talking to that direct hire who just isn’t fulfilling your expectations — well, you get the picture — none of these are good scenarios that inspire greatness or thoughts of leadership and success.
In a very real sense, procrastination drags your life to a near halt. If you have it in one area of life, it’s likely you also have it in many others.
As a manager, are you excited to get to work each day, or are you in the same position as many of your staff –- bored and disgruntled?
Do you believe that what you are doing makes any difference at all?
According to a new article in CEO.com, “Why You Hate Work,” many people in the United States, from every level within a company — right up to the CEO — are just not excited to get out of bed and go to work each morning.
What? Thousands of disaffected, unengaged workers who really don’t want to do the work they are being paid for? Sounds crazy, right?
It’s hard to imagine how this country can stay competitive in commerce with that type of scenario.
On a more personal level, the toll this takes on people must be very heavy, in terms of lack of energy, fading dreams, discontent and –- you guessed it –- stress.
The way that businesses operate is changing in many ways. Concepts about effective leadership are changing, as is the prevalence of flex-time, shared jobs, working virtually from home, and the need to influence with or without authority based on a title or pay grade.
Companies are looking for outside-the-box thinkers and leadership abilities at all levels from the mailroom to the boardroom.
They want a “new school” way of thinking and not the “old school” mentality that what worked before is good enough.
Employers are complaining they cannot find new hires with the skills they need, and their bottom lines are suffering.
Would-be employees — particularly recently minted college graduates — are complaining that they can’t find positions that give them the chance to fully demonstrate their skills and talents.
Earlier this month, I blogged about dealing with difficult people in the workplace.
You know the type — People who don’t give their all, don’t communicate. People who are argumentative, defensive, perhaps even overly aggressive.
If you are reading this and shaking your head, I’d like to pose a question:
Are you sure that you, yourself, aren’t guilty of any of these kinds of difficult behaviors?
What if, and let’s be honest here, sometimes you are the difficult one? What is behind this type of behavior? Knowing the answers will help to get your own self-sabotaging behaviors under control, and give you fantastic insights into the behaviors of other people.
Common internal causes of argumentative, defensive, and aggressive behavior include:
• Fear of making a mistake/being wrong
• Fear of looking foolish/being vulnerable
• Fear of being found out as a fraud
• Fear of losing control
• Fear of losing the job/being replaced/passed over
As you can see, the common denominator on that list is fear or insecurity about your abilities or your position.