With the holidays just around the corner, and Thanksgiving next week here in the U.S., this time of the year can be especially stressful.
Your company aims to finish the final quarter of 2016 strong, you may be busy booking holiday travel and coordinating gatherings with friends and family, or spending time driving your kids around to holiday events at their school.
I can relate to how overwhelming this time of the year can be! Managing all these competing priorities is a constant juggle.
In the rush of all these activities, your personal and professional development may be the last thing on your mind.
If this sounds like you, I have ideas to help. I’ve put a few resources together that will renew your motivation, energy, and perspective to get you back on the path towards building a career (and life) you love.
Even during the busy holiday season, if you take just a few minutes each day to invest in your personal and professional development, it will not drain you, it will build you up – you will see the benefits it brings to yourself, your team, and your business.
Go ahead – take a few minutes from your busy schedule to read one (or all of these!) articles I have written over the past month. Please also share these ideas with your friends and colleagues, because they want to grow too!
7 Ways to Protect Your Career From the 2016 Election – Everyone you know is talking about it, even with big changes ahead, you have a lot of positive choices. Whatever your viewpoints may be, there are steps you can take to set yourself up for long term success in your career, regardless of the results from the 2016 Election. I share seven ways you can election proof your career and channel your energies into what you can control; taking steps toward your own positive career growth!
Don’t Get Trapped in the Downward Spiral of Complaining – Words are powerful and can advance or demoralize a team. Complaining doesn’t set you free; it can put you in a box that becomes increasingly hard to escape. In this article, I reveal three reasons why complaining is hindering your success, relationships, and happiness and share effective strategies to have a more positive outlook when communicating with others.
3 Positive Ways To Harness Career Envy – When we feel professional envy, it can reveal our true interests. Envy is something all of us feel from time to time. It is a completely normal feeling. However, if it goes unchecked, envy can be harmful. I share ways you can make envy work for you and your team. Examining your envy without judgment allows you to move past that sour emotion and toward your goal. This article was also featured over on Entrepreneur.com,
3 Limiting Beliefs That Erode a Leader’s Potential – I’ve seen very successful leaders give in to these beliefs, but you don’t have to. In this article, I share three limiting beliefs that may be hindering your growth. By identifying these limiting beliefs and using any of these strategies to overcome them, you will strengthen your leadership skills, unleash a more collaborative culture, and experience a surge in confidence.
Follow These Six Influencers On Twitter To Become A Better Leader – Gain great ideas and inspiration in 90 seconds or less. Are you looking for constant inspiration and daily, bite-sized doses of advice to help develop your leadership skills? I’ve discovered a handful of leaders on Twitter whose words will stoke the fires of leadership within you. These pacesetters are new voices at the cutting edge of their fields across a spectrum of industries, professions, and locations. Follow them. It will be well worth your time.
6 Ways To Reinvigorate Your Team After Firing An Employee – One of my readers wrote in to ask about this and I wrote this article in response. As a leader, sooner or later you will oversee a restructuring. I share a few actions you can take to rebuild your team and ensure positive momentum after restructuring. Even if you aren’t a senior executive, you can “lead up” and recommend these action steps whenever people are let go from your organization. This article was also featured on Entrepreneur.com,
Washington trails the country in its representation of women in the boardroom – Despite a widespread push in recent years to add diversity to the boardroom, the Washington, DC area continues to lag the rest of the country in its representation of women on corporate boards. In The Washington Post, I share how women leaders in the region (including myself!) are working to flip the script.
Your turn: What were some of your favorite reads from this past month? I am always looking for new and helpful content to share on how to become successful through professional and personal development, so please send me your suggestions by emailing me directly at Caren@carenmerrick.com.