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What Are My Strengths?

Using your strengths at work

For many years, career development in the US was based on working on correcting weaknesses. This is best captured in the popular phrase: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We have seen a big shift in recent years towards a much more productive approach to career development, which focuses on using and improving strengths. This does not occur at the expense of working on areas that need to be developed. Rather, it is a focus on using strengths to “cross-train” areas of challenge/weakness.

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Employee Engagement

5 Things You Must Know About Employee engagement

Just what is engagement?

According to the highly regarded HR consulting firm BlessingWhite, employee engagement reflects the combination of two elements:

  • The employee’s contribution to the company’s success and the employee’s personal satisfaction in their role.

It would be easy to report here on the somewhat low levels of engagement in the workplace today, along with the high levels of stress and other negative elements. Let’s look instead at engagement as a path to greater understanding of your work, and define some ways for you to increase your engagement, if you think you need to. Engagement is important to both you and your employer, as your success and theirs highly depends on it.

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Introversion-and-extroversion

Introversion and extroversion in the workplace

Understanding your personality can improve workplace interactions

Have you ever wondered why we can talk easily with some people and not with others?

In this article, we’ll look at one measure that can be very helpful: understanding your preference for extroversion or introversion and how this impacts your discussions and interactions with others.

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Values At Work

In my previous newsletter I mentioned values as being an important part of work. This newsletter expands on that idea and gives you an exercise to clarify your own values as they relate to your work.

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Woman With Negative Emotions

Understanding and dealing with negative emotions

Expressing feelings, including negative emotions, is a big part of the human emotional experience. But, we avoid negative emotions …for four basic, and very intuitive reasons:

  1. They are unpleasant
  2. They represent getting stuck in a rut
  3. They are associated with a loss of personal control
  4. They are perceived (generally correctly!) as having social costs.

That said, we can and do want to deal with these emotions in effective ways. All emotions, positive and negative, can be seen as information for us. (Kashdan & Biswas-Diener, 2014)

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Strengths Use at Work Scale

One of the most effective and rapid measures of job satisfaction, and its impact on your 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.”

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Office politics

Surviving in your organization

First and foremost, every organization, regardless of its mission or industry, has some sort of politics that functions as an inhibitor of certain behaviors and a reward for others. While politics can sometimes contribute to efficiency, we generally focus on the negative aspects, as these can have a great impact on our careers.

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