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Basketball imageIf you’re a college basketball fan, then March is the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the time when fair-weather fans and die-hards alike spent hours pouring over statistics and injury reports in an effort to chase the elusive perfect NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket. Now, if you’re a manager or work in Human Resources, March may not seem so wonderful. Over 70 million individuals fill out tournament brackets annually. Studies say that March Madness is the #3 tech-related office

In the workplace era of “do more with less,” few leaders feel like they can realistically accomplish all of their goals during a normal 8-hour workday. In an effort to increase productivity and find more hours in the day, but not sacrifice time with the family, most leaders start stealing from themselves. First, the 15-20 minute breaks disappear, then lunch comes next. I was recently coordinating calendars with a senior HR Manager whose only opening in the day was at noon. I

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”

This wise quote has been attributed to everyone from Lorne Michaels to Marissa Mayer and several variations have been quoted by other successful leaders. There are so many benefits to surrounding yourself with people who are smarter than you. First, we should always strive to learn new things. By intentionally surrounding yourself with smarter people, you’re admitting you don’t know everything and allowing others to fill in

Tom Peters famously said “True leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders.” If you’re a leader, your whole purpose in business is to help others develop into the best person they can be and contribute meaningfully to an organization. This, of course, means identifying potential future leaders who can be groomed to move from high performing individual contributor to high performing leader. This shift doesn’t come easily, though. Over half of the individuals who are placed in formal high potential programs

Man working at home

Man working at homeFor many, working from home seems like a luxury. It’s a flexible benefit that costs the organization virtually nothing, but gives the employee countless perks. As someone who has worked from home for 12 years, I am positive I couldn’t transition back into cubicle-life. Working from home allows employees to save gas money, reduce their carbon footprint, and reduce their morning stress thanks to a no-car commute to the “office.” While they do have to buy their own coffee,

Imposter syndrome

Imposter syndromeIt’s very common for first time leaders to go through a stage where they feel like they fooled people into believing they’re ready for the job, but they aren’t; and it’s only a matter of time until everyone learns the truth. Surveys show up to 70% of the population experiences feelings of fraud at some point in their lives, including musician Chris Martin, actress Natalie Portman, comedian Tina Fey, executive Sheryl Sandberg, and even poet Maya Angelou. For most people, that

Leadership Responsibility

Leadership ResponsibilityIf you’re part of a large organization, chances are you were required to complete an annual data security eLearning program from your company’s LMS in the last month. I went through one myself last week, and paused when I read the question “Whose responsibility is data security?” The answers were: a) the IT team, b) the IT team and front desk security guard, c) management or d) every employee. The answer is obviously every employee, but that got me thinking about what

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Resolutions ImageWhether you call it a resolution or a goal, it’s all the same thing. We’re all looking for that one thing we want to do differently in 2018 to make it our best year yet. The vast majority of personal New Year’s Resolutions involve becoming more healthy (eat less, work out more, etc). When we think about health, we think about the things that are easily measured: pounds, inches, calories, grams of sugar, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Rarely do we measure our

gas pump handle

gas pump handleThe only thing more constant than change in this world is how much people hate change. Regardless of how well researched the change is or how much it will benefit others, people will naturally resist giving up what is comfortable and familiar. A great example of our illogical resistance to change became headline news this week when new gas pumping laws took effect in Oregon. Even though residents of 48 other states are capable of (and perhaps prefer)

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December 22, 2017

Fixing Your Sunday Blues

Sunday blues imageIf you’re like 76% of the population, when Sunday evening rolls around you begin to experience a sense of dread. Sadness, anxiety, and even hopelessness dominates your once relaxing weekend. This pervasive problem eats away at the precious time we reserve for relaxing, enjoying family, and refreshing our batteries. But to fix the problem, we must diagnose it first. Not all Sunday Blues are created equal. You hate your job. The first, and easiest trigger to identify is pure job

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Breanne Potter-Harris is a Solutions Architect and Social Media Strategist in the Training and Development Industry. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Organizational Psychology and has focused her career on helping select, train, and develop employees through the use of scientific assessments and expert coaching.