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Activity for goal setting: my weekly process

Activity for goal setting: my weekly process

I didn't use to set weekly goals. I used to only create annual goals, early in the year, and then didn't engage in any kind of activity for goal setting after that. Eventually, I added monthly goal setting to my practice and that was helpful. Even after the addition...

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Reach your goals faster

Reach your goals faster

Reach your goals with ease We set goals because we want to reach them--they represent something important to us. And, whether we articulate a timeframe or not, we usually have one in mind. That goes for anything ranging from securing a more senior position at work to...

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To be productive at work, you need to rest

To be productive at work, you need to rest

If being productive at work fills you with satisfaction, we share something in common! When I think about productivity (which is often), my mind normally directs me to processes (e.g., time blocking, prioritizing), apps for lists and project management, and techniques...

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Gaining weight, gaining health

Gaining weight, gaining health

This post about gaining weight has nothing to do with careers but I felt called to write it and share it here, even though it is quite personal. Stretch pants ignorance Like most people who have been working from home 100%, I've spent much of COVID dressed in stretch...

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Why do I work? (money and…)

Why do I work? (money and…)

We've all been there: in a work rut, where you ask yourself: Why, oh why, do I work (here still? this hard? in this role? with these people? [other])? Yes, most of us require money to support ourselves, our families, pay the mortgage etc. Among the people I coach,...

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Advocate for myself at work: 3 easy strategies

Advocate for myself at work: 3 easy strategies

I need to advocate for myself, even when I do good work Read almost any book that addresses careers and advancement and you'll read something along these lines: doing good work and waiting for someone to notice is a poor strategy for career growth. Sure, your good...

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My Top 5 CliftonStrengths have changed–Should I worry?

My Top 5 CliftonStrengths have changed–Should I worry?

You re-took the Top 5 CliftonStrengths assessment (often called StrengthsFinder) and your Signature Themes (i.e., the 5 themes that get reported out) have changed! This prompts you to wonder: "What's going on?!"   The questions behind that question When people let me...

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