Showing posts with label team. Show all posts
Showing posts with label team. Show all posts

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.

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?

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.

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 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.

Aug 31, 2014

5 Magic Words That Speed Up Your Conversations At Work

Comic Book Background - End Your Conversations!
If you work in an office, there is a good chance that you will be dealing with a wide variety of personalities on a daily basis. As an introvert, I can honestly say that one of the biggest threats to my concentration and creativity at work was the looming prospect of getting derailed into a lengthy conversation with a coworker. This would typically result in my brain getting over-saturated with loads of new unconnected information, causing me to lose focus in my projects for lengthy periods of time.

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.

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.