Staying Present To Mistakes

A recent NY Times article, So You’ve Made a Huge Mistake. What Now? by Tim Herrera looks at recovering from a mistake or blunder.

Mistakes can stop you in your tracks and even send you backwards, if you let them. Staying present to a mistake you have made brings all your skill and talent to rectifying any damage done. Next time you make “a big one”, accept it and move on towards a better place than you were before. Mistakes help you grow and learn. They are not worthless or unfixable.


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How Often Do You Have A Good Night’s Sleep?

I recently read a New York Times article, The Restless Quest for a Good Night’s Sleep,  about the growing sleep tech field. Seem “different” to use an app for a better night’s sleep? It’s the problem that matters. If an app helps one create a better night’s sleep or to monitor their sleep, more power to it.

Sleep is integral to your balance, attitude and health and essential to your success and fulfillment. A lot works against getting a good night’s sleep – stress, worry, physical unfitness, long hours at work. If you are having trouble sleeping and are experiencing negative impacts, how about directly addressing your lack of good sleep in the next month? Set a plan to monitor your sleep and create habits that allow you to rest. It’s a positive thing to do for your career success.


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Not Enough To Do?

ID-100259522In The Managers Hub, I don’t often write about having too little to do! This weekend, I read an intriguing article in The New York Times titled: Bored To Tears By A Do-Nothing Dream Job. What an anomaly in today’s world!

It is an interesting continuum with boredom on one end and stress and speed on the other.

By chance, have you found yourself in this situation of not having enough to do at work? It can be a downhill slide, if you are not aware of how it is affecting you. Best to address it and make sure it is something you can handle. It has its advantages, but make sure they are advantages you choose to have in your life.

The rest of you may wish for just one day with not enough to do!


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Really? Technology To Help Your Boss Manage YOUR Time?

ID-100163227A recent New York Times article explores new technology that allows productivity to be tracked by managers.

The article gives an example of a smart phone app where a manager can tap on the app and write notes of encouragement, advice or criticism to an employee. Amazon uses an internet tool that allows employees to submit praise or criticism to management. Another app tracks employees whereabouts 24 hours a day. Yet another, allows employees to comment privately to another employee’s manager. Much of the technology is focused on efficiency and staying connected after work hours – from the boss’ point of view.

We all know that technology is pacing itself at warp speed. It is a good idea to pay attention. How much do you want technology to be a factor in your managing? Or, in how you are managed? Technology itself needs to be managed with thoughtful decisions on the quality of workplace conditions and relationships, what truly enhances productivity and what expectations guides its application.

What do you think about this category of technology coming to your workplace?


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Do You Ever Feel Fear At Work?

ID-100296906We all deal with fear in our lives. A recent New York Times column, Why Fear Kills Productivity provides some good insights and suggestions concerning fear in the workplace.

When you feel fear you can experience physical, mental and emotional effects. At times, there are good reasons to feel fear – perhaps when you feel you will not be able to deliver on a deadline or product or when your job is threatened by cost-cutting, or other things beyond your control. This kind of fear you can find ways to deal with. However, fear due to mistreatment, intimidation or bully bosses has no place at work. That kind of fear is unwarranted and needs to be identified and dealt with constructively. Fear should never debilitate you.

How often do you feel fear at work? Have you given much thought to this?



Note: Interestingly, the New York Times column is written by Tony Schwartz whose work is profiled in an article I referenced recently in my post: Renewing Your Energy Matters As You Manage 

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