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  Build Your Team & Boost Productivity
by Beverly Jones - Nov, 2014
Celebrations can enhance your workplace culture and help team members become more productive. Sharing appreciation for success and good fortune can support the well-being of individuals, foster a sense of community and promote the health of your whole organization. Creating a celebration can be a wonderful way to acknowledge achievements and encourage people to do even better. Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator...
 
  The Way You Talk Can Transform Your Team
by Beverly Jones - Nov, 2014
To help your team thrive, agree on some structure & communicate widely and often! When I want a quick sense of whether a team is working well, I take a look at how the members communicate. “Jenna” was an agency branch chief who wanted to help her 14 direct reports become more innovative and productive. Years ago her branch had been organized into cascading layers, with three deputy chiefs each managing two to four...
 
  Bored at work? Then do something!
by Beverly Jones - Mar, 2014
Boredom isn’t productive. So make some changes! As I waited in a Post Office line, I watched the clerk. She looked to be so deep into the doldrums that she could barely hear her customers. It seemed that, when she finally took in a request, she’d move in slow motion, lethargically searching through stacks of paper with her eyes half closed and her mouth half open. As the minutes ticked on, I became annoyed. T...
 
  Is it time to strengthen your professional brand?
by Beverly Jones - Feb, 2014
What’s your brand at work? And why does it matter? There’s you, the essential person you are. Obviously related, but not quite the same, is you — the professional who shows up on the job and makes a contribution. And then there’s your professional brand. Originally a “brand” referred to a word or symbol indicating the owner or producer of a product. Ranchers used hot irons to brand cattle. And bac...
 
  Have goals? Measuring progress gets you there faster!
by Beverly Jones - Jan, 2014
Step 1: Set clear goals. Step 2: Choose metrics. Do you have professional and other goals in mind for the year? For the future? So what’s your plan? It can be motivating to have a broad, enticing vision, but it can also be daunting. Sometimes people put off their biggest objectives and most exciting projects because they don’t even know where to begin. To get started and keep moving toward your goals,...
 
  Thriving when change is the new normal at work
by Beverly Jones - Jan, 2014
How to stay steady in a changing workplace A longtime client I’ll call “Betty” asked me to give a talk about how to survive in an organization that’s going through a multi-year transition. I was pleased to speak at the company where Betty is a manager. But when she told me the topic, I was surprised. That’s because I can’t think of anybody more adept than Betty at navigating a rewarding career through an industry...
 
  Interested In a New Career Path? Try These Steps to Get Started
by Beverly Jones - Jul, 2010
Chances are that you have a career switch in your future. Maybe changes in your professional field will force you to look for something new. Or maybe you will elect to step off the treadmill and find a career that is less stressful or more personally rewarding. Perhaps, like me, you’ll keep things interesting by reinventing your career several times. If you are beginning to think about a new career direction, but don’t know...
 
  Want to Sell Your Ideas? Go Back to the Basics Of Effective Communications
by Beverly Jones - Jun, 2010
If you are a professional, chances are that communicating ideas is an important part of your job. Whether you are speaking to a single colleague or planning a major campaign, your success may depend on your ability to communicate in a persuasive way. And even beyond your career, your ability to be convincing can impact your opportunities for leadership and success in many areas of your life. Whenever you are planning a com...
 
  Create Harmony & Fulfillment By Creating Practices That Work
by Beverly Jones - May, 2010
Our routine practices – our normal ways of doing things – shape much of our time, even though we may not be conscious of these habitual patterns. But we have the power to transform our lives by examining our own activities, and replacing some of our habits with a new set of practices that are both mindful and rewarding. This kind of mindful “practice” is close to the conscious, regular activity you might undertake if you pu...
 
  Is It Time to Start Planning Your Next Dream Career?
by Beverly Jones - May, 2010
In a regular U.S. News & World Report feature called “Second Acts,” Kerry Hannon writes about Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 who have launched “encore careers.” For more than three years, she has been interviewing some of the estimated 8.4 million Americans who have moved from a corporate or other traditional job track to an entirely new career that combines income with personal meaning and social impact. In “What...
 
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