2023 is the Year of the Rabbit

The Lunar New Year starts January 22nd, 2023 (Chinese New Year) and ends on February 9th, 2024. 2023 is the year of the Rabbit. The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture.  Years of the Rabbit include 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, and 1927. People born in a year of the Rabbit are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious. Here’s … Continue reading 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit

End of the Year Career Checkup for 2022

For many of us, the end of the year is an opportunity for reflection about the past 12 months. It’s a great time to look at what went well in your career and what you might like to change. Here are four questions to ask to determine the health of your career. When you look … Continue reading End of the Year Career Checkup for 2022

Keeping Your Cool at Work

“Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.”― C.J. Redwine, Defiance It can happen to anyone. A stressful week, problems at home, the guy who cut you off in traffic, the holiday rush – it can easily add up and make your nerves a little frayed. All it takes is a … Continue reading Keeping Your Cool at Work

Are You Really Sorry?

I’ve counted. About 10 times a day, if I’m out running errands. Some days, it’s the phrase I use often to start sentences when dealing with colleagues, especially those I don’t have a close relationship with. “I’m sorry.” Cross in front of someone browsing in the cereal aisle? I’m sorry. Answering an email an hour … Continue reading Are You Really Sorry?

When Humor Becomes Weaponized

“It was just a joke.” How many times have you witnessed mean and aggressive behavior explained away by that line? Actor Will Smith’s meltdown at the Academy Awards was inexcusable, but it ripped the cover off something we all know: humor, even when used by professionals, can become a weapon. The very things that make … Continue reading When Humor Becomes Weaponized

Monsters in the Workplace

Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’m focused on spooks, monsters, and things that go bump in the night today. Here are some monsters you might encounter in the workplace even after Halloween. (This is an update of a 2020 post, revenant.) A new scary workplace phenomenon for 2022: Quiet Quitters. I think of them … Continue reading Monsters in the Workplace

Your Problem Solving Style May Have Some Blind Spots

In a previous post, I cited Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, the founder and CEO of Decisive, a decision sciences company. She’s studied how people make decisions for years, and has written a book called Problem Solver: Maximizing Your Strengths to Make Better Decisions. She’s developed five decision archetypes (find the descriptions here.) She says that each … Continue reading Your Problem Solving Style May Have Some Blind Spots

Small Things that Feel Big

In a previous post, I wrote about micro expressions – tiny flickers of emotion that tell the truth even when someone would prefer not to. This post is about another small thing that can make a big difference in your relationships. If you haven’t heard the term microaggression before, it’s probably because most people don’t … Continue reading Small Things that Feel Big

Micro may Signal Something Big

Micro is having a moment. Technically, the word means extremely small, too small to see, even. But when tiny gestures add up in the workplace, they can cause a big reaction. There are two micro terms you might have heard about. The first is micro expressions. Micro expressions are facial expressions that occur within a … Continue reading Micro may Signal Something Big

How Do You Decide?

If you’re facing a complicated decision, how do you go about it? As with any other part of your life, you probably have patterns that have been established for years, maybe even since you were a child. Cheryl Strauss Einhorn is the founder and CEO of Decisive, a decision sciences company using her AREA Method decision-making … Continue reading How Do You Decide?