Archive for June, 2008

Anger in the Workplace

Friday, June 27th, 2008

A recent study has found that almost one in four Americans experience chronic anger in the workplace. The study is titled “Workplace Incivility: The Target’s Eye View,” The authors interviewed and surveyed 1,400 workers. The majority of those interviewed, 78 percent, said incivility has worsened in the last 10 years

Those of you who have read my blog for awhile know that I believe there is no room for anger or other destructive emotions in the workplace. Every employee deserves civility in the workplace. What can we do? We can set boundaries with rude people and refuse to tolerate their behavior. If top management supports bad behavior we can think about another place to work. We all deserve a work environment of dignity and integrity.

Taking the Leap

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

It’s a huge step when you move from employee to manager. I am coaching with a couple of people who are in their first management positions. They are developing a new kind of leadership. When you are a new manager, all of a sudden your performance is dependent on the performance of others. You are dealing at closer range with various personalities than ever before. How to cope? Take a step at a time. Realize you have to learn how to do this. Seek knowledge and mentors. Try things out. Cut yourself some slack. Find a management style that works for you. Once you take this leap, the future opens up.

When Mistakes Are Made at Work

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

I read an interesting article on selfgrowth.com titled Cleaning Up the Mess of Professional Mistakes.
In the article, Geri Markel advises that the way you deal with professional mistakes contributes to your professional image and to your sense of self. When you make a blunder at work, the first thing to do is to center and muster your personal power. You have decisions to make regarding how you will handle the situation. It takes strength to acknowledge and deal with a mistake. But, the only way through is through. The sooner you deal with it the better. You’ll recover. Be steady as you go and handle it in the best way possible.

Letting Go Of What No Longer Serves You

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

In my work with Lynn Andrews, she often advises me to let go of what no longer serves me. Over the past several years, I’ve done a lot of letting go. I have focused my life in all areas and am doing well. But, now I find more letting go is needed. I do not have the time I need to get it all done well. I am beginning to think that this process of letting go of what no longer serves me comes in waves. I will be doing it every so often. I will not get it all “handled” and cease having to let go. New things come into my life, priorities change and soon I am back to having to let go.

Rush

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Are things speeding up for you? They are, big-time, for me. There are many demands on my time, even though I have focused and set clear priorities. A teacher of mine, Lynn Andrews, said a few years ago that the world is speeding up so much that it will force us to find the still point at the center of the storm. That concept has stayed with me. It seems impossible to manage time, we have to manage ourselves. I am finding that still point by focusing in even more and staying in the present moment where I can realistically see what is possible.