Tired of shuffling along bumper to bumper or sitting on transit for 2 hours a day? Frustrated with not getting enough uninterrupted time at the office to even string two thoughts together? Feeling the heat as deadlines approach? Needing a reprieve from the daily grind of office politics? Then telecommuting could be for you!
Frustrated? Tired of not getting what you’ve wanted or hoped for? Welcome to a crowded space. If you’re like many of us, some goals or desires just seem to elude you. And, if like many, a surprising amount of what you’re bummed about not getting is due to a pretty simple concept – a lack of actual followup.
Just because you’re stuck on an airplane doesn’t mean you can’t practice your tennis swing or that guitar virtuoso. Or prep for that upcoming presentation to your board of directors.
Athletes have long used mental imagery to complement physical practice, and recent research backs up that going through the motions in your head can give a substantial boost to your performance at work too.
It’s not necessarily Mensa intelligence or great ideas that underlie achievement. All things being equal, success in life or career comes as a result of persistent, consistent, action. There is really no magic here at all. I’ve seen it time and again.
Maria storms into work. She smacks her purse down on the desk and heads down the hall in search of her first cup of coffee of the day. We can tell that she’s already had a bad morning. We’ve been in her shoes and guess her mood is not going to change today.
Even with the uptick in the economy, workloads are increasing and fresh demands are being placed on working parents who want more time for their kids. What’s a Mom or Dad to do?
To me, the omission is glaring. When the business case for creating an engaging workplace is discussed, a very basic rationale is usually overlooked. While fostering a workplace where respect, integrity, openness, caring and fairness is profitable…it is simply the right thing to do.
Over-performing Leaders do Damage! You are a senior leader. You’re smart, curious and capable. You often work far beyond what would be considered regular hours. You get lots done. You’ve made it clear to your team that you don’t expect them to work the hours you do.
Despite the mounting evidence against open office concepts, they continue to be a growing trend. Perhaps due in part to the cost savings in fitting the maximum amount of people in a given space or other touted benefits, the fact is is that open spaces often negatively impact performance and productivity.
So you’re working harder than ever with fewer resources and yet more is expected. You find yourself wondering how long you can keep it up. You wonder how you are going to muster the energy to tackle that next big project hurtling your way. You worry that you might become like Joe down the hall who completely burned…