Knowing how to plan and direct your way through your workplace culture is essential to your success. “Doing your job” is not about performing tasks alone. You have to navigate personalities, emotions, workplace values, hidden agendas and rules, as well as assure your own path to career success.
When you widen your focus, you can see all the elements at play in your workplace. Tunnel vision or putting on blinders will not benefit you. You need to navigate obstacles, changes, threats and surprises, at the same time that you get your work done. Successful navigation is aided by developing your emotional intelligence, keeping your eyes and mind open, observing workplace culture and the actions of others, building your skill base and finding the root causes of any problems or setbacks you encounter.
See yourself at the helm of your career ship and set your course in the direction that best serves you!
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Sometimes you stay in place. There can be good reasons for doing so. Staying in place has its advantages. You can take a longer look, make a deeper dive, and think something out. At a certain point, however, you want to get back in motion. Staying in place too long can stagnate your progress.
What’s your level of activity right now? Are you stalled, productively in place or in motion?
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Quandry: a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.
Sometimes, the path ahead of you is not clear. Choices are needed. When you are in a quandry, best to face head-on the choices you have to make. They may take you out of your comfort zone; better that than making a choice that keeps you “safe” but does not protect you or your interests.
Quandries can move you forward, if handled well. They are inevitable in the course of your life and career. Recognize and honor their power in creating the life you want to live. Once you handle them, a new path is ahead of you.
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Every once in a while it is good to let go of what no longer serves you. Doing so frees you of an energy drain and makes room for the new.
Today, what have you had enough of? Are you ready to let it go?
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At times, you may find yourself neither here nor there. You are not where you were a year ago and not quite settled into something new. Perhaps you have undergone a tangible change or nothing has changed, except that you are different in your own perceptions of your life and work.
Nothing wrong with that! You are on a journey. You change over time and not instantaneously. When you feel you are in-between, maybe even a bit lost, get present to it. Try to understand where you are and make the most of it. It can be a time of new insights, growth and creating new dreams, before you reach the next step on your journey.
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Would that all workplaces operate smoothly and efficiently! When that’s not the case, here are five ways to handle a dysfunctional work environment.
1. Place responsibility where it should be and do not take too much on your own shoulders.
2. Find your space within your workplace and do your job in as high quality a manner as possible.
3. Speak up when what you have to say has a chance of lessening the dysfunction.
4. Develop your emotional intelligence.
5. If the work environment is hampering you in significant ways, start looking at your options to get out of it.
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How are things moving for you in your work and career? At times, your goals and dreams need a push – from you! Take a moment to look at the top three things you want to achieve this year. Are they on track or are they faltering?
Your “push” can take many forms – giving more of your time and attention, soliciting help from others, changing your approach or quickening your pace. Giving your goals a push, when needed, gets you where you want to be!
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Your emotions and what is happening in the environment you work in are not constant. They are frequently changing. It makes sense that they affect your experience of work and managing.
When you or your environment become strained what do you attribute it to? Are you even aware of the strain or do you react to it without identifying the factors that are causing it? Here is another place where it behooves you to pause and assess. By being aware of your emotions and environment and their effects on what you are feeling, you can deal with the strain head-on, instead of being victim to it.
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When you are at a point of growth and change, looking back can slow you down. Best to keep looking forward, as doing so creates momentum, excitement and promise. Looking back creates fear, regret and delay.
Are you looking forward in your life and work now? What do you see ahead of you?
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Rushing is not always the fastest way to reach where you want to go. Rushing is full of potential pitfalls – losing your focus, tripping, bumping into others, forgetting something important or exhausting yourself. Instead of rushing, try focusing and steady intention. You’ll most likely get to your destination faster and in much better shape.
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