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  Losing Momentum? Get Someone in Your Corner. | Encouragement Power
by Dawn Lennon - Feb, 2014
Nothing beats a good streak. Things fall into place with ease. Good stuff gets done. Our confidence rises. Our skills deliver. Optimism soars. We’re on a roll. You know what they say about streaks? They’re made to be broken. Few teams win all their games and few, if any of us, win every round as our careers unfold. The first time we get knocked down, we dig deep and get back up, ready to try again. Get knocked down ag...
 
  Is Your Head Ready to Explode? 4 Ways to Keep It Together. | Simplifying
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2014
“Make it stop,” you say, ”–the noise, the confusion, the stupid mistakes, the wasted time.” When our work days amount to one distraction and miscue after another, we feel caught in an endless squeeze, desperately trying to get our work done in spite of it. If we could only find the cause and do something about it. Or if our boss would just stop contributing to or ignoring the problems. Alas, we’re left hel...
 
  Learn Something Unrelated. Kick Your Career Up a Notch.
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2014
Learning something new gets our attention. It reminds us we have skills to build on, dormant interests ready for the light, and talents (latent or otherwise) screaming for an outlet. It you want to build self-confidence and give your career trajectory a shot in the glutes, find something unrelated to your job and learn it. Embrace the counterintuitive. We’re told at work that we need to develop our skills and expa...
 
  Prickly or Pleasant? What Style Gets You. Simple Gifts
by Dawn Lennon - Dec, 2013
How you look at work is one thing. How you appear is quite another. Almost on a daily basis you can find a TV program touting the latest fashions for men and women, some programs even providing “make overs” for audience members. The problem is: new clothes, hair styles, or accessories can’t remake the way you come across to others. Looking nice isn’t the same as being nice. Your interpersonal style, the way...
 
  Here One Day . . . Then? Accepting Self-confidence As a Work in Progress
by Dawn Lennon - Dec, 2013
We know it when we feel it. When it’s in our grip, we soar. When it leaves us in the lurch, we land hard. Self-confidence, by definition, is: Being sure of your own abilities Trusting those abilities Having faith in them Feeling assured you really have them Self-confidence is in our heads. It’s the way we assess ourselves and decide if we’ve met expectations–our own and others. Every day, readers find th...
 
  Fire Up Your Courage. Build Your Self-confidence. | Refocused Thinking
by Dawn Lennon - Dec, 2013
It may be difficult but sticking your neck out is a necessity. To build a career, you have to: Apply for jobs and accept offers Change jobs to get better ones Develop new relationships or repair damaged ones Commit to expectations and do what’s right Putting yourself out there takes courage, and you don’t need self-confidence to do it. The odd couple Courage and self-confidence have an odd connec...
 
  Feeling Left Out and Don’t Know Why? Turn Things Around. Reaching Out
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
It can’t be avoided but we don’t want it to last. It’s that feeling of being disconnected, conspicuous, and self-conscious whenever we’re plunked in workplace situations with people who don’t know us. It can happen when we: join a new work group participate in a cross-functional meeting attend an industry conference go to our first company party become part of a new project team The sooner we feel accep...
 
  Finding Yourself in Your Work or Losing Yourself in It? | Pursuing Growth
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
Work has a habit of revealing a lot about you. Coworkers watch what you do and then draw conclusions like you: Really know how to get stuff done the right way (or not) Are someone who should be promoted (or never allowed to supervise) Want to keep getting better (or only do enough to get by) You assess yourself too each time you cross a work hurdle, discovering that you: Take to new assignments with relative ease (or...
 
  Is Amazing Performance Really Amazing? What to Do About Meaningless Words.
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
Have you noticed how amazing everyone is these day? If not, just listen. Somehow we’ve become surrounded by all these amazing people who do amazing work with amazing colleagues in amazing places during these amazing times. Someone may be saying that you’re amazing too. By definition, to be amazing means one needs to affect others with great wonder, to astonish. That means creating great surprise or marvel (ye...
 
  Prepared for the Job Interview Finale? Getting Caught Off-guard Can Kill Your Chances.
by Dawn Lennon - Oct, 2013
It’ll get you every time. That last question in a job interview that catches you off guard. Serious job candidates spend lots of time preparing what they’ll say to make a positive impression on the interviewer. They work hard to: Anticipate the questions to be asked and the experiences they’ll draw on to answer them Master the behavioral interview process (those situation, steps taken, and results/outcomes...
 
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