Showing posts with label management. Show all posts
Showing posts with label management. 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 :)

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.

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 17, 2015

Communication Toolkit for Introverts

https://www.packtpub.com/business/communication-toolkit-introvertsFind your voice in everyday business situations

By Patricia Weber
(reviewed by Working Quietly)

As introverts, one of the major tipping points in our career journey is when we realize that a lot of the "common sense" knowledge we were taught just doesn't seem to fit who we are as individuals, and if we're lucky, we eventually discover our true nature, and realize how the word introvert just wraps around our personality like a warm blanket.

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.

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.

Oct 12, 2014

We Need More Quiet Leaders Now

When things go wrong, we look to the people in charge to take care of us and make things right. This is part of our human nature.

Western society and Hollywood films teach us that successful leaders must owe their success to the parts of their personality that can be seen and heard by the people around them.  Excellent leaders are charismatic and gregarious.

But, is this really what good leaders do?

Oct 5, 2014

The Project Whisperer: Every Team Needs One

If projects were easy, we wouldn't need to hire professionals to get them done. This is common sense, and it underscores why our work is supposed to be hard, and why we hone our skills and abilities when we face difficult challenges in our work, and win those challenges.

But, are there occasions when people and personalities might get in the way of a successful outcome? I have seen this happen many times over the years, and it is why every effective team needs a project whisperer.

Sep 21, 2014

This Common Problem Confuses Most Introverts At Work

"I need it yesterday."

Have you ever heard this sentence spoken at the office? I have, too many times. Every time I used to hear it, I started to feel guilty that I disappointed yet another person because I couldn't meet their expectations. After all, if I was serious about keeping my job, I should have known about that thing they wanted yesterday, before they asked for it today, right?

Sep 14, 2014

The Biggest Opportunity For Introverts In Mid-Career

Are you an introvert in mid-career, and you're not sure what to do next? It can be easy to feel like you're alone in this struggle, and that you're the only person on the planet who can't seem to fit into a comfortable professional life.

I certainly felt this way a few years ago, and I didn't know what my next move was going to be. Going through this phase in my career, however, I discovered something about my personality, and my introversion, that set me free to pursue my passions on my own terms.

Sep 6, 2014

Stress Busting Introvert Mind Tricks For the Office

We all face stress in our work on a daily basis. That is probably the least profound thing you will hear all day. So, why am I writing yet another article about work stress? Honestly, I think that the topic of introverts and stress deserves some more attention.  As introverts, our brains are wired differently, and we have some some unique advantages and pitfalls that we need to look out for when we encounter stress at the office.

Aug 24, 2014

The #1 Threat To Creativity At Work, and How To Fix It

If you work in an office, how many times have you been immersed in workplace seminars, or lectures from your manager, on the subject of increasing productivity? Do you consider yourself to be a productive person? Are you afraid to answer that question?

In today's workplace, we are inundated by extroverted values and attitudes, in a number of obvious and subtle different ways. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that the image of the ├╝ber productive employee has been deliberately crafted with a bias towards measuring a person's verbal output, rather than measuring their actual results over a period of time.

Aug 17, 2014

How To Be A Creative Introvert At Work

Do you consider your day-to-day job an outlet for creative expression? If you do not, it may surprise you that many people actually do.  Because of this, they find themselves in careers such as information technology or graphic design, where it is virtually impossible to have a steady job description. Furthermore, many people actually prefer to work this way, and would dread the thought of going to the office and doing exactly the same thing every day.

Aug 9, 2014

How to manage high-intensity workplaces

Photo of valve with caption: Stress Level Rising
How many people reading this are currently working in, or have worked in, an office environment? This was my situation for about ten years of my life, and even today I look back at those years and wonder why most of us assume that putting people in close proximity to each other will yield better productivity for an organization. A lot of us have realized that this simply isn't true.

Aug 2, 2014

How to Put An End to Your Multitasking

Martini Glass with file folders - Multitasking - Drunk With Distractions
If there is one element of our modern society that I wish we could eliminate, or at least tone down, it is our propensity towards embracing "multitasking" as a source of productivity. Where did the multitasking movement come from, and why has it been accepted as a cure-all for getting our work done, when us introverts know so well that it isn't a sustainable way for us to lead our professional lives?

Jul 19, 2014

How to Gain Real Confidence at Work

Picture of smiling statue - Confidence - what is it?
If you're an introvert like me, how many times have you heard the following sentences repeated back to you by concerned friends or colleagues?

"Fake it till you make it!"
"Put on a brave face!"
"It's all about having charisma, you know.."

..and my personal favourite:

"You need more self confidence."

Is "confidence" a commodity that we can acquire, or make up ourselves as if it were some kind of magical energy? Based on the above statements, it would appear so.