With These 4 Tips Your Work Holiday Gift Giving Just Got a Lot Easier

With These 4 Tips Your Work Holiday Gift Giving Just Got a Lot Easier

The holidays are here in case you didn’t notice the flurry of activity starting in October suggesting the most wonderful time of year was fast approaching. Now it’s time to get serious and get those gifts and holiday cards wrapped up! It seems strange that we procrastinate for so long. I seem to delay every single year. Then, I’m desperately trying to get in the festive mood and spring into action. If you have an army of nutcrackers and poinsettias sprinkled around but have no idea what gifts to get Your Office Mom has some gift-giving suggestions.

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Stop Trying to Prove How Hard You Work From Home and Do This Instead

Stop Trying to Prove How Hard You Work From Home and Do This Instead

After working at home for almost ten years, interacting with WAH colleagues and having direct reports that work remotely, I have some advice for you. Quit trying so hard to prove you are actually working in your home office and get some balance in your work day and your life. There is definitive data that indicates you work hard, unless of course you’re just a slacker by nature.

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4 Job Skills to Help You Engage and Enjoy Family Time This Thanksgiving

4 Job Skills to Help You Engage and Enjoy Family Time This Thanksgiving

Some of you may be getting a little anxious about Thanksgiving feasts. In fact, you may be wondering if there’s a way to get out of them. Perhaps, come down with a plague or something. Many people love family gatherings with their seemingly picture perfect families. But, how can you approach family time more objectively when dynamics are challenging?  How can you stop becoming a kid again once you walk in the door? Here are four ways to leverage your job skills so you can act like a grown-up and avoid getting bogged down in a dysfunctional quagmire.

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4 Tips That Help You Work the Room When You Present

4 Tips That Help You Work the Room When You Present

At some point in time, you’re likely to give presentations at work. It may be solo, or as part of a team. When that time comes, you want to be prepared and ready to go. You may have a kick ass video, a visually exciting slide show or some stellar handouts, but if you’re presenting in a new location, or a client’s place of business. your success as a presenter goes beyond that. You have to be prepared for the unexpected when the day arrives, and sometimes factors prevent you from working the room like the professional you are. Here are four tips to help you act like a Pro and present your material on new turf.

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The Biggest Mistakes You’re Making in Managing Your Time

The Biggest Mistakes You’re Making in Managing Your Time

You’ve heard it before. It is important to work smarter, not harder. In my long career in learning and development, I have taught courses on time management, how to overcome procrastination and the difference between being productive and being busy. It’s in these sessions, with a boatload of individual contributors and managers at all levels, that I see the same thing over and over. People do not approach their workday deliberately. Moreover, without a plan, they tend to become distracted and more reactionary as the day goes on. Here are two things to do today to change that.

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4 Definite Do's for Your Office Halloween Party

4 Definite Do's for Your Office Halloween Party

It’s October. So, you know what that means, right? This month you have a day entirely dedicated for you to assume another identity (or maybe two or three) if you factor in the weekend prior. Beyond the myriad of social events and contests around town, chances are relatively high that your office or shared work space, is hosting a Halloween Party too. Before you say “I don’t dress up for those,” I must ask “Why the hell not”?

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If People Think You’re Rude, They May Have a Point

If People Think You’re Rude, They May Have a Point

It may be hard to wrap your brain around this, and you may not agree, but if people think you’re rude, you probably are. It’s their perception, and that’s what counts. Your perception of you doesn’t really matter. Only theirs. Somewhere along the line, your intention to be polite and respectful to others and get stuff done has gone awry, and you need to find out why.

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5 Tips to Make Going Back to Work as a New Mom Easier

5 Tips to Make Going Back to Work as a New Mom Easier

Since the birth of your new bundle of joy, you’ve been going through a parent’s version of rigorous survival training. In a short period, you are subjected to a mixture of strenuous physical demands, mental strengthening drills, and unavoidable sleep deprivation as you work to develop a routine. If that’s not challenging enough, within a matter of weeks, you are expected to have conquered the new mommy landscape, and morph into a high performing working mother without missing a beat. Although an unreasonable expectation, ask any new mom and they will tell you absurd or not, it’s still the expectation.

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5 Work Habits to Save Time and Keep Your New Mom Schedule on Track

5 Work Habits to Save Time and Keep Your New Mom Schedule on Track

Time has a way of fading memories, but I remember how hectic motherhood is, and how brutal the back-to-work transition can be as a new working mom. You’ll get all kinds of advice, here are four habits every working mom can develop to keep their day job and navigate the demands of motherhood.

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