Career Health…

Those who know me, know that I’ve recently started a life change of eating healthier.  Cutting out all the processed food, and eating more fruits and veggies.. you know the “good” stuff =).  Well, in doing so I stumbled across a nice article that is somewhat of a self assessment on how you view your career “health”.  This article gives sound advice on how to organize your life to ensure everyday is productive and focused.  Just like tweaking the food you eat… tweaking your schedule could very well be the best career decision all of us have had in a long while.

The article “5 Activities to Strengthen Your Career Muscle”  by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter focuses on 5 different techniques..

  1. Simplify your space…
  2. Big-picture your schedule…
  3. Recognize that little choices matter…
  4. Make peace with perfectionism
  5. Align yourself with complementary others…

After reading.. how do you stack up?  Is your professional life clutter free? Do you have colleagues, mentors that you partner with to grow and learn from.  Long and short I believe the underling issues is to GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE and make some changes!!  Change is good! It helps us all grow…

Cheers to growth!! MAKE IT A GREAT WEEK!!

How friendly are you??..??

I think every office has “that guy” or “that gal” that’s over the top friendly.  Always wanting to know how your day is going, or how your evening was, and then when you answer wants to sit and chat.  For me, there’s nothing  worse than having to be almost rude when someone just stands around looking at you, waiting patiently for you to start up a conversation with them.  I don’t like being rude or having that persona, but some people just need that push – they forget that there’s a “time and a place for everything”.

But when I read this “Daily dose of Dale” info, it made me think, do I come off as the person that’s only interested in their own well-being an not very friendly?  After-all we end up spending more time in the office than we do at home these days, so building friendships is sometimes the key to a happy healthy work environment.

Become a friendlier person

Principle #4:

Become genuinely interested in other people.

Regardless of the physical or financial assets an organization may have, it’s the people who make it successful.  They are an organization’s key asset, and getting getting to know them should be as high a priority as learning the technical aspects of one’s job.  The key is to be genuine.  Don’t get a reputation for only being interested when you want something.  Getting to know others should always be mutually beneficial. Dale Carnegie

This made me reevaluate my work environment.. does it you? Just a thought =)

Cheers!!!

Great words of wisdom to follow….

I recently read this on Facebook, and wanted to share it with everyone I could.. “A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” 

He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it…?” Still the hands were up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.

“My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We may feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. 

Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. 

You are special-Don’t EVER forget it.” If you do not pass this on, you may never know the lives it touches, the hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope that it may bring. Count your blessings, not your problem”.

Remember to be kind to yourself, and always kind to others.

Cheers and TGIF!! =)

IT Consulting Services, Inc. 2013 Nomination for Small Business of the Year!

IT Consulting Services, Inc. nominated for Small Business of the Year 2013!!! I’m very proud to be part of a growing, team valued organization! Let’s make 2013 GREAT!

Happy holidays to all…

I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday season!  I hope all your dreams and wishes come true!
Best wishes to all!
Barb

Just a quick post.. thought this was worth sharing….

YEP, it’s that time of year again.. Holiday parties!

Wow I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post.  Things have just been crazy personally and professionally – both a good crazy =).  I also can’t believe the year just flew by!! It’s already that time of year again, the dreaded or wonderful office holiday party.. YIPPEE!!! =)

I’ve recently read a great article in the Wall Street Journal, about Holiday party Do’s and Don’ts.  I thought some of topics would be worth discussing.  First off it depends on the type of holiday party your company throws.. can you bring spouses, significant others or kids.. or is it the type that of party that kids shouldn’t probably attend?  The first of the two is usually pretty safe to attend, as most  everyone there is on their best behavior because of the family presence – although there are that few that really don’t care and just go nutz when they hear the word “party”.  The employee only party or the party without kids is usually MUCH more active and some crazy antics are usually discussed the following day.

A few things to remember when going to that wonderful holiday party might be… it’s OK to be the first to arrive, but don’t be that guy/gal that’s the last one holding up the bar – that’s NOT a good look for anyone.  It’s not OK to all of the sudden break out in a Michael Jackson move – especially if there is NO dance floor – Granted this might be hysterical but  your boss may not think so.  I think this tip is a “duh” but some just don’t get it and that’s watching how much alcohol you’ve had.   If all of the sudden someone tells you you’re speaking a different language, maybe.. just maybe it’s time to put down the drink and a: go home or b: get some water.  Don’t be that person who all of the sudden has the liquid courage to talk to the pretty girl/guy that you’ve had your eye on all year – this could/would ruin any chance you may have had.  Nor is it a good time talk to your boss about a raise/promotion.. especially if you’re speaking an entirely different language!

I hope this information either brought up some AWESOME memories of past events (memories of others of course) where co-workers just had a little to much fun or maybe that “co-worker” was you last year and you’re now reminded to watch yourself this year… either way hope the holidays bring you joy and happiness!

Happy Holidays everyone… be safe out there.. and always have a DD!

Cheers!

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