Category Archives: Professional Development

Reflecting on Resolutions: How to Achieve Your Goals

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New Year’s resolutions are – for many – a repeated annual ritual.  This year, let’s pause for a process check. How many of those resolutions have you achieved?  If you can look back on past years and name the resolutions you have successfully completed, then good for you! For many of us, however, resolutions are…
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A Goal Setting Worksheet: 9 Critical Questions

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Checklists are wonderful tools for systematically completing tasks. Filling out a familiar worksheet or answering a series of repeated questions helps train our mind to anticipate the process, making intimidating tasks more accessible. With that in mind, here are 9 critical questions to help you with achieving goals. What’s the goal? What is this goal…
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How to Say It: Phrases for a Performance Appraisal

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Performance appraisals can create stress for supervisors, particularly when you need to provide corrective feedback. Even the most experienced managers can find themselves at a loss for words during the conversation.  Here are some phrases to help engage the employee in a two-way dialogue. “The ABC Project was a key area of focus for you…
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The First Rule of Appraisals: No Surprises

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Samantha and James ran into each other in the break room and began discussing their upcoming employee review.  James is feeling a great deal of stress because he has a lot of uncertainties.  Samantha is looking forward to meeting with her supervisor and getting a chance to discuss her future with the company.  Samantha feels…
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Bringing the Outside In: Teams and External Awareness

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When we talk about teamwork, we often focus on internal dynamics: goal setting, communication, leadership and process. It is equally important, however, to build team skills in political savvy and external awareness. These skills help the team scan their environment for new information, and prepare key stakeholders for future steps associated with the team’s work….
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How Can You Manage Your Time Better?

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One of the best approaches to time management is to acknowledge that no one can do everything. Yet, many time management trainers still focus on schedules and productivity instead of prioritization, energy and coping with distractions. The truth is that time is limited and you are a finite resource. The effort to “keep up” can…
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