Showing posts with label business. Show all posts
Showing posts with label business. Show all posts

Dec 17, 2016

The Moral Hazard of Salary

http://www.workingquietly.com/2016/12/introvert-salary-moral-hazard.html
Once again, the holidays are almost upon us. The year 2016 brought many new and unexpected things, but countless other things also remained the same. Predictably, there's one part of our lives that never seems to change: a lot of us really don't like our jobs.

Apr 24, 2016

Belligerence

computer beside a banjo
Dear Reader,

What's the biggest asset you can have as an employee in a modern 21st century organization? Wow, that's a loaded question.

Is it raw talent and mastery of your skills, or by proxy, a fancy certificate on the wall that convinces people that you can do the job?

Mar 10, 2016

Why We're Stressed: The Cookie Crunch

Dear office worker,

I'll get right to the point. The workplace, as we know it today, is one of the most amazing and beautiful socioeconomic experiments ‎of the past two centuries. Why? Because there's no show like it anywhere else on Earth. I'm sure you would agree.

This is why the office just plain fascinates me, and ultimately made me want to leave it for good. I no longer wanted to participate in this great experiment, so I just quit cold turkey :)

Feb 29, 2016

How To Get Your Way, Finally

Graphic of person holding sign showing the word no
Dear reader,

If you're like me, you might have had this same problem again and again at the office.

Have you ever felt like your coworkers know exactly how to get what they want from you, and you're powerless to persuade them to back off? You probably got buckets of advice from friends and family, and none of it worked out.

Well, it wasn't all bad advice. It was just horrible advice for you. Let's talk for a moment.

Nov 27, 2015

Do you hear that sucking sound?

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/11/introvert-project-vacuum.html
Do you hear it?

That's the sound of a project vacuum, and you might be in one now!

When a project starts, everyone's pumped and ready to change the world. The kickoff meeting is epic. Everybody has a job to do. The future looks bright and airy.

Until, some months later, it isn't.

Oct 30, 2015

Personality: It's All About Snacking

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/10/introvert-personality-snacking.html

Instinctively as human beings, we all know it's important keep a full belly and eat healthy to nourish our body. But, is that the only thing that requires feeding? What other parts of our bodies starve when they don't get the "nutrition" that they crave? The answer might surprise you!

Aug 29, 2015

Is Your Office DOPE?

http://WorkingQuietly.com/2015/08/introvert-office-dope-depend-people-work-alone.html
A lot of us are in the office every day. The office is where the "work" is, and it's also where the people are. So, you'll probably be dealing with a lot of people in the course of completing your work. This is unavoidable.

But, when was the last time you were able to do something entirely on your own, without the need to reach out to one or more colleagues to get the job done? Wouldn't that be nice?

Aug 11, 2015

Entrepreneurs Suck!

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/08/entrepreneurs-suck-introvert-business-entrepreneurship.html
Well, not really. But I hope that got your attention.

Have you ever started a business, or wanted to? Have you ever imagined what it would be like to work for yourself?

Some of us have, and a lot of us do - almost 1 in 6 Americans go to work for themselves every single day. So when you think about it, all you need to do to meet an entrepreneur is look around you, and chances are you'll already have one or two in your own circle of friends.

Jul 4, 2015

Office Politics: Your Coffee Cup Has More Power Than You Do

Having a bad day at work?  I have a simple question:
Who’s to blame for that?

Is it your boss? Is it that pesky new project manager who just can't leave you alone? Or, maybe it's "those management jerks", whoever that is. Well, I have a question for you. Is it really anybody's fault, or is that just a distraction from the real problem? To appreciate what that problem is, we need to look at work stress in a different way.

Jan 31, 2015

Life Lesson: Don't Be A Joiner

Nobody likes being pulled onto somebody else's bandwagon. This seems like a fairly obvious thing, but why do we allow this to happen to us when we're on the job? When I started my software career over a decade ago, like so many young people I craved a sense of purpose and looked to the outside world to give it to me, by gaining the respect and admiration of my peers.

Jan 11, 2015

The Office: Are You Tired Of Pushing Back?

http://www.workingquietly.com/2015/01/introvert-the-office-are-you-tired-of-pushing-back.html
We hear it all the time. So many of us have worked (or currently work) in an office where we have to deal with a seemingly endless line of people (we call them stakeholders) who want something from us. To deal with the endless stream of requests, we're told, requires that we "push back" to manage the daily workload.

Jan 3, 2015

2015: You Can Change More Than Just Your Socks!

It's a new year, and change is a healthy thing.  Well folks, it's time for a change here too.  I've decided to turn over a new leaf for the blog, and you'll be seeing a few changes around here in the coming days and weeks. If you're here for inspiration on how to be an introvert in the workplace, don't worry because there'll still be plenty of servings! So, what exactly is changing? 

Four years ago, it all started with an idea

When I was working (and withering) away in my third full-time software job just a few years ago, "it" finally hit me. What? That epiphany that seems to explain the root of all of the problems I was enduring at work, in one simple sentence.

Dec 28, 2014

Make A Fresh Start With A New Year's Undo!

I'd like to take this chance to wish you, my loyal reader, an early Happy 2015! It's that time of year to celebrate what's been accomplished in the year that's almost over and, you read it correctly, make some undo's for the new year! So, what's that exactly?

Over the past few years, I've gotten into the habit of skipping the usual guilt-inducing new year's resolutions in favor of something a lot more powerful and life altering. Why? Because it actually freaking works, that's why!

Dec 13, 2014

Extroverts Are Awesome!

Did that get your attention? I hope it did.  Seriously though, in the spirit of understanding and appreciating the good points of all people on the personality spectrum, I think it's incredibly worthwhile to talk about the things that really make extroverts shine. The Holidays are upon us, after all, so why not extend a friendly olive branch?  Let's get started!

Dec 6, 2014

Boost Your Self Esteem In 3 Easy Steps

Welcome back readers! This is another article in my series about improving your self confidence at work.  As stressed out employees and overwhelmed introverts, we've all gone through several experiences at the office where we begin to question whether we're really cut out to be working in our jobs, and if we're really worthy of having the title that goes under our name.  These episodes of diminished self confidence typically come up when we have moments of low self esteem, and we're looking for a way to justify our negative thoughts and feelings.

Nov 29, 2014

Don't Be An Entrepreneur, Just Work For Yourself

When you were growing up, did you ever want to be rich or famous? Or maybe both? I certainly had these ambitions when I was younger, when I wanted to make a loud and flashy entrance into the business world.

When I look back at that self-portrait in my mind, I'm astounded by how different of a person I've become. I've achieved a lot of goals, but the ones that I'm most proud of didn't turn out exactly as I had planned. I might have wanted to make millions by the time I was 30, and I didn't do that, but I still became rich beyond my wildest dreams.


Nov 21, 2014

Take Back 30 Minutes Now: 3 Easy Ways

I'm going to go out on a limb here and assume that most people reading this wish they could have more time in a day to get their work done. I certainly do, but for years I got confused by the concept of "time management" and assumed that it involved the copious use of day planners and a rigid second-by-second accounting of my time. That didn't sound like a lot of fun.

Thankfully, I was wrong about that. So wrong. You don't need a time management system to reclaim your schedule back. You just need to keep reading!

Nov 14, 2014

3 Easy Ways To Dish It Back (To An Extrovert)

When I was younger, I used to dream about what it would be like to be all grown-up, and work in a grown-up job with no more school lessons, and no homework. I had this wonderful idea of being in a perfect job, with perfect colleagues, and enjoying a long rewarding career. Well, that was the dream, and then "reality" splashed me in the face when I grew up. No job is perfect, and our colleagues certainly aren't perfect, at least not like we imagined they would be.

Nov 9, 2014

BEST. DAY. EVER. These gutsy introvert moves will give you the ultimate edge at work!

Hey there fellow introvert, how goes the struggle at work? Sometimes, after a long hard week at the office, it can be tough to find some reasons why we still like our job and want to keep working with the people around us.

I used to work in an office every day, and I had no shortage of reasons to be frustrated with my coworkers and the impossible situations they put me in every day. As a person working in the software field, the people around me would never hesitate to ask me to pull off miracles for them when they needed a last-minute technology fix.

Nov 1, 2014

3 Signs You're A People Pleaser

How was your week?  Honestly, I've had better, but as the old cliché says it's the tougher times that build character and make us appreciate how far we've come in our lives and careers.

Throughout my own career, I learned a lot of things about how to work in an office, and how to work with people.  I'll be honest, just like some people crave coffee while others prefer to drink something else, I have never had a strong craving for dealing with people. So, any skills I have learned have been purely for tactical reasons, to make me more effective in my job.