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September 2013

Thinking Positively: 5 Powerful Steps

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A change in thought can lead to a change in life. It’s not always easy to appreciate gratitude towards everything and everyone around us. Thinking positively helps you see the glass as half full rather than half empty.

I would like to present you with 5 powerful steps you can take to living a healthier, positive life. Hopefully after following these steps, you will realize it is easier to be positive than to be negative.

1. Don’t Believe Everything You Think

The problems we have aren’t as great as our mind tells us they are. Observe your thoughts, but don’t identify yourself with them. Negative thinking tricks us into believing that bad things will always be there.

  • “I’ll never get another job!”
  • “I know something will go wrong.”
  • “Nothing ever seems to be working out for me.”

If you realize your thinking biases, you will be able to make an effort to remember that bad events can pass and good ones can come.

2. Stop Playing the Blame Game

It’s easy to fall into the trap of internalizing your misfortunes and externalizing your blessings. “I always ruin everything, but when something good happens, it’s only because I got lucky that time.” This mentality is a recipe for disaster because you will never be able to accept credit when things go well.

3. Smile

Sometime, that is all it takes. Bring yourself in front of a mirror and smile if you have to. It does help to change the mood and relieves stress. You might even feel lighter since it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.

4. Be Kind

Get into a habit of being kind and forgiving. You will eventually learn to extend the same courtesy to yourself. It’s a lot easier to forgive yourself for mistakes and ultimately cultivate a positive outlook for your future.

5. Set Realistic Goals

Make sure that what you want is realistically possible. Setting high standards will only bring you disappointment. One example might be that you want to lose weight. Set appropriate measurements within a period of time and realistically measure your goals. No one will get slim overnight.

At the end of the day, there is no need to carry any negativity over to the next day. A new day unfolds as new opportunities come. Always keep believing and move forward.

How to Deal with an Angry Boss: 5 Simple Tips

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Everyone knows that an angry boss looks unprofessional. Unfortunately, your boss is still your boss. Creating a good relation with your boss is important. Your boss has the upper hand and can probably find a way to get you fired. With all that said, here are five tips to deal with an angry boss.

1. Listen. Listening is hard, especially when your boss is yelling at you with the disapproving look. Most employees are tempted to retaliate and defend themselves, but a wiser choice would be to listen. Let your boss vent out some of that anger.

2. Acknowledge. Let your boss know that you know he or she is angry. Describe their body language to your boss, such as clenched fist or a red face. This should alert your boss that he or she is acting unprofessional.

3. Repeat. Tell your boss what he or she told you, showing that you were listening. Reiterate the main concerns without repeating negative words that your boss used.

4. Apologize. If you did something wrong, own up to your mistakes and apologize. Even if you don’t see the mistake, apologize because it was clearly a mistake in your boss’ eyes. In the long run, it will slower your boss’ level of anger.

5. Ask. Step up and ask your boss how you can make things better. If your boss responds by saying there is nothing you can do, suggest a couple of your own solutions to the problem. An angry boss usually can’t think of a good solution on the spot, so it is beneficial if you suggest some solutions of your own.

These five tips should help you to deal with an angry boss. In the case that you are not successful, suggest that you continue the conversation at a better time when your boss calms down. Explain to him or her that it may be difficult to communicate when they are angry. If your boss is frequently angry and always treats you with disrespect, speak to someone in a higher position than your boss. It just may be that your boss needs professional counseling.

Build an Effective Team: 7 Steps to Success

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A Japanese proverb goes, “A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” In order to build an effective team, the team leader should establish his or her leadership with each team member. A team built on loyalty and trust will go much further than a team built on fear and power.

How to Build an Effective Team

1. Value everyone’s ideas. There are no such things as stupid ideas. Learn to respect your employees’ ideas and encourage them to share their ideas.

2. Emphasize the importance of sharing information. Each team member needs to know how important it is to communicate with each other. Demonstrate how their jobs operate together in order to move the entire team closer to the goals.

3. Clearly define what you need to accomplish. Setting clear time frames and the responsibilities of each individual will give the enter team a sense of direction. Know what your standards for success will be.

4. Encourage active listening. As a supervisor, your priority should be to stimulate a discussion. Most employees are fearful to disagree with one another, but this fear can lead to the team making mediocre decisions.

5. Be the harmonizing mediator. Do your best to resolve minor disputes while pointing your team to higher goals of the company.

6. Remember to be tactful. Set an example to other team members by showing that you can be open and sensitive to the employees’ moods and feelings.

7. Establish a sense of commitment. Do your team members want to participate in a team? Do team members want to be acknowledged for their contributions? These questions will help you know where each employee stands and what you can do to bring the team closer together.

Make it an effort and spend time on each of these seven steps to ensure your team can effectively contribute to the company’s success. Your team members will see you as trustworthy and respectful. Your business will soar. Most importantly, they will love where they work.

Perfect Email Etiquette: Tips on How to Improve

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Opening an email can be like opening Pandora’s box. Poor grammar, incorrectly spelled words, and bad taste is all it takes to write a horrid email. Luckily, it’s not hard to have near perfect email etiquette.

Having Perfect Email Etiquette

Briefly introduce yourself. Especially if you are not sure the person receiving the email will know who you are. This is not to say that you need a biography of yourself, but let the intended recipient know who you are and why you are reaching out to them.

Avoid using exclamation points. In a business email, the maximum number of exclamation points you can use is one. Use exclamation points sparingly unless you want to come off as looking unprofessional.

No emoticons, jargon, or slang. When business people use word shortcuts like, “4 u” (“for you”), it has the potential to make you look less than professional. If you wouldn’t write this on a business correspondence, you shouldn’t be doing this in an email as well.

Don’t have a subject line that looks like spam. Avoid having a subject line that are in all caps or all lower case. Putting a URL on the subject headline will make it look like spam.

Watch out for the “reply all” button. Before hitting “reply all,” think about whether it is appropriate for everyone on the e-mail chain to know.

Include a signature. You don’t want someone searching for a way to get in contact with you. This is especially true if your full name isn’t on the company email. Include any social media information (if any are applicable), your full name, and the company.

In the end, your email is a reflection of who you are. If your emails are carelessly written and disorganized, it could be assumed that you, as a person, are careless and disorganized. In the business world, other people’s perception of who you are is related to your success.