Breaking the Habits That Hold Us Back

Humans, the old saying goes, are creatures of habit. Some of our habits our productive, while others are less than ideal. Many times, we are prone to attributing our habitual behaviors to external forces, when they are really the product of our internal selves and instinctive response. Believe me, I’ve experienced this for myself. Personally, I have a habit of expressing too much emotion at times I don’t want to, later regretting the way I’ve handled a situation.

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Event Planning for Remote Teams. 5 Best Events to Plan

Technology allows more people and businesses to operate in an online and off-site environment. Workers like the flexibility and companies enjoy the lower cost and higher productivity of remote offices.

Yet this can create an environment of isolation that workers are sometimes eager to escape from. It's no surprise remote workers--especially millennials who make up more of the offsite workforce--want to attend conferences.

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Help Employees Check Out to Check in at Work

Do you remember when there were “smoke breaks” during the workday, when employees took at 10-15 minute break from their desk? As a non-smoker, I remember when I began working feeling jealous of those that were able to take this break during the day while I kept plugging away.

I recently was thinking about what those breaks provided to smokers at the time. It gave them a few minutes in their day to walk away from their tasks at hand and get some quiet time.

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5 TEDx Talks on How to be More Mindful in Work and Life

Although we know it's best to be fully present in everything we do throughout the day--it's tough to do this without practice and guidance on how to stay focused. 

When we are exposed to so many alerts, notifications, and other electronic distractions, it's easy to lose our ability to pay attention to those around us--co-workers, employees, clients, and even family members. And then there are the everyday stresses and worries of our normal wandering mind.

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Right Brain, Bright Future

As technology advances and we become more comfortable with computers and machines doing much of the arithmetic and data-entry the workforce has traditionally done for ourselves, it’s hard to imagine what the future of work will ___, and how we can adapt our skills and education to the new environment.

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Combating Loneliness at Work

No matter your industry or profession, the modern work environment can be a lonely place.  Even if you’re working in a bustling office amid a clamor of people, the interpersonal disconnect can be isolating, and can even lead to the extreme mental exhaustion known as burnout.

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These 4 Tips Can Jump-Start Your Business (and Life) Skills in 2019

The end of the year is a time to reflect on our business successes and shortcomings, learn from them, and begin to plan for a new (and better) year. When I look back on my most popular articles, what stands out are the topics that people found most interesting and helpful to running their businesses. So in case you missed them the first time (or need a reminder), here are four tips from some of my top stories that can help you prepare for a more successful 2019.

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Overcome the Fear of Change: How to Embrace and Adapt to the Future

Change is hard. It can be messy, challenging, stressful, and worrisome. Despite these hurdles, trying to ignore change is always worse than facing it head on. In our world, a place where technological innovation occurs at an exponential rate, we can try to put our head in the sand pretending things will go back to the way they were, but that’s just not how life works. Embracing change is the only way to carve out a better future for yourself, both professionally and personally.

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Do This One Simple Thing to Win the Hearts & Minds of Your Employees

As I previously wrote, the holidays are for showing your appreciation to your employees and team members. But giving gratitude should not be a one-time event. It should be practiced year-round.

Giving gratitude is the right thing to do no matter what, but from a business perspective it's simply good business. If you make your employees happy then your customers will be happy and that makes your business happy. It also can cut down on expensive turnover and improve morale and productivity.

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