How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job

“One of the toughest things about a rut is acknowledging that you are in one,” says Daniel Gulati, a tech entrepreneur and author.

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Even exciting jobs have boring days. And when you’ve been doing the same tasks, going to the same office, and working with the same people day in and day out, you’re bound to fall into a rut on occasion. When that happens, how do you recognize what’s happening and counteract it? What can you do to revive your interest in your work?

Here’s some great information from Gulati, and esteemed University of Michigan researcher and professor, Gretchen Spreitzer about how to do just that, including a couple of very useful case examples:

How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job – HBR.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity

j0439382Boy, do I agree with this!

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard from one of my coaching clients, “I keep wanting to talk with her/him (their boss) about this, but she/he keeps canceling our meetings. I haven’t had a one-on-one with her/him in months!” This is an engagement killer.

Direct reports with important concerns, great ideas, and positive news are unable to communicate them in a timely manner, and generally feel put-off and devalued.

Not only does this practice destroy your best people’s engagement, it trains them that they must “catch you on the fly” if they are to get your attention… As the article states, this is a “recipe” for increased interruptions and “putting out fires” on your part.

Cancelling One-on-One Meetings Destroys Your Productivity – HBR.

5 Ways to Get Better at Asking for Help – HBR

Here’s a great post from the Harvard Business Review, with ideas that not only apply to work and career, but in all areas of your life.

I know from experience, both mine, and that of many of my clients, many of us could get better at this….

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5 Ways to Get Better at Asking for Help – HBR.

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz: What veterinarians know that doctors don’t | Talk Video | TED.com

What do you call a veterinarian that can only take care of one species? A physician. In a fascinating talk, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz shares how a species-spanning approach to health can improve medical care of the human animal — particularly when it comes to mental health.

To my physician readers and clients particularly, check out this amazing talk from TEDMED:

via Barbara Natterson-Horowitz: What veterinarians know that doctors don't | Talk Video | TED.com.

Why You Hate Work – NYTimes.com

This is an excellent article. How would you rate yourself on each of these measures?

Tony Schwartz and Chistine Porath get it right again as they discuss why the way we’re working isn’t working, and some of the basic principles of the Energy Project.

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Why You Hate Work – NYTimes.com.

Employees Who Feel Love Perform Better – Sigal Barsade , and Olivia Mandy O’Neill – Harvard Business Review

Here’s a very />interesting article from from Harvard Business Review on the effect of love in corporate culture. I’ve certainly experienced this, and hope you have too.

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Employees Who Feel Love Perform Better – Sigal Barsade , and Olivia Mandy O'Neill – Harvard Business Review.

Exit interviews show top 10 reasons why employees quit « Blanchard LeaderChat

j0443405Managers will tell you that employees quit because of the compensation, but the truth is it’s not really all about the money.

In a study involving 19,000 employee exit interviews reported here, compensation was actually third down the list of the top reasons people leave a job. Take a look at the top 10 reasons people leave, and think about what you could be doing to better ensure that your organization hangs on to its best and brightest talent:

Exit interviews show top 10 reasons why employees quit « Blanchard LeaderChat.

The 20-Minute Exercise To Eradicate Negative Thinking | Fast Company

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Ah…. negative thinking. The true “bane of our existance.”

If I had a dollar for every time I worked with a client on their negative thinking, (or their “inner critic” as we call it in the coaching world), I’d be a very rich woman!

Daniel Amen, M.D. calls them ANTs (automatic negative thoughts.) Whatever you call them, here is some solid information about what you can do about them.

I hope you enjoy this article from FAST COMPANY. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The 20-Minute Exercise To Eradicate Negative Thinking | Fast Company.

Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep – Forbes

j0443405But what about your New Year’s business resolutions?

This time of year is a great time to start making—and keeping—business resolutions, too. But sadly, like our personal goals, we often make them (year after year) with sincere intent only to see them quickly fall by the wayside, as we revert to (bad) habits that we have vowed to break.

But what about the most successful people and their resolutions? Have you noticed how the most accomplished people just seem to identify important things and consistently get them done?

Study successful people long enough and you start to pick up on the resolutions they seem to consistently make.

Here are ten of my favorites:

Ten Resolutions The Most Successful People Make And Then Keep – Forbes.

It’s resilience that counts | CIO New Zealand

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I have long been facinated with the power of reslience. A key strength for sucess at any time, it has never been more important than now.

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How resilient are you?

What have you done lately to build this strength?

What have you already experienced that can help you tap into your personal resilience reserve?