What is conflict?
Here we are defining conflict as simply: “Times when people’s concerns appear to be incompatible.” This does not mean that we are about to start swinging; just that we have differences in those things that we think are important to us.
For the first time ever, we have four generations in the US workforce at the same time.
Most of us give and get feedback as part of annual performance reviews. Over time, this event has come to be feared and hated by all sides.
However, with a little thought and practice, feedback can become a very powerful and useful tool for individuals and their organizations.
All organizations have a unique culture, which changes and develops over time. Sometimes this is known as the “Unwritten Rules.”
An easy exercise with powerful results
One of the most effective tools that I have seen to help people shift towards a positive focus is to follow this routine for a month or two:
People relate differently to their work. Some folks can’t wait to get to the office or other work place, others can’t wait to go home. Sometimes this is connected to age, sometimes to the recognition and respect we get (or don’t get) from our work, and sometimes to external events over which we have no control.
This brief questionnaire will help you develop a sense of your own feeling about your work, and how you relate to it.
Strengths Use At Work and Life Scale
One of the most effective and rapid measures of job satisfaction, and life, is whether or not you are using your strengths. You can look at this as: “The genie doesn’t like to stay in the bottle.”
Try this brief survey that can help you see if your strengths are being used in various situations.
How do I know if I’m in the right job?
Here’s a quick self-survey that can be very helpful to get some clarity.
Ever notice how it seems easier to have conversations with certain people, while other’s eyes glaze over when you are presenting an idea? This article looks at some possible reasons for this, and gives you some ways to improve your conversation and presentation skills.
How to enjoy what you do…
In my work as a career coach, I sometimes hear clients say that making more money is all that they would need to like their job. While money is an important factor in our overall life and work, money alone will not lead to real and lasting job satisfaction. And I am frequently reminded of the saying: “Expenses rise to meet income.”