Useful Things to Try When You Feel Stuck in a Holding Pattern
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by Liz Kislik
4d ago
One of my clients is recognized as an up-and-coming leader in his company. He aspires to be part of the senior leadership team (SLT) but isn’t there yet. His biggest frustration is this: He has many ideas for moving his business forward, but his more cautious, conservative boss, who is a member of the SLT, doesn’t seem all that interested in knowing about them.  “What can you do,” he asked me, “when you’re stuck in a holding pattern?” Being in a holding pattern is frustrating because you can’t afford to lose a step, but nothing feels new or exciting. You still have to do all the work to ..read more
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Do You Let People Who Want to Help You Succeed Provide Guidance?
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by Liz Kislik
1w ago
We’re all familiar with people who don’t take feedback well, who close up like a clam or justify their behavior vociferously. In the last couple of weeks, though, I’ve seen two distinct responses to receiving what I’m going to call “guidance” or “input.” This is not the same as feedback, which is most often about you and your past behavior—what you could have done differently or better. In both cases I observed, the conversation was not a critique of past behavior—the individual’s past behavior was irrelevant or even nonexistent, and they had done nothing wrong.  These two responses occu ..read more
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Disabled People Are A Vital Part Of Your Workforce: Advice To Help You Manage
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by Liz Kislik
2w ago
This post originally appeared on Forbes. Are you missing the opportunity to attract or retain a highly motivated and qualified segment of the working population? Research shows that disabled people have higher levels of motivation, innovation, loyalty, problem-solving skills, and the ability to identify creative solutions. And it’s time to retire the outdated perception of disabled employees as needing wheelchairs or seeing-eye dogs. A wide range of health conditions or impairments qualify a person as disabled, including loss of hearing, a broken leg from a skiing accident, autoimmu ..read more
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Your Employees Stopped Listening. Why Now, and What Will Help?
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by Liz Kislik
3w ago
When Elon Musk announced that he only wanted “hardcore” employees at Twitter who would commit to “long hours at high intensity,” he reinforced the Us vs. Them mindset around the conflicting needs of employers and employees Lately, I’ve been seeing too much of this attitude, particularly regarding the debate over remote/hybrid/in-person work.  What Do Employees Want? When the pandemic began, many businesses didn’t think remote work or flexible schedules would be possible and adjusted only grudgingly. But over time we learned that unless people are physically working with products or servi ..read more
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How You Should Feel Absolutely Every Time You Have to Fire Someone
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by Liz Kislik
1M ago
The first time I had to fire someone, I was 22—and I was given no training, instructions, or support. The experience was so upsetting that as soon as the meeting was over, I ran to the restroom and threw up. Although I’ve never actually vomited over a termination again, I’ve felt sick to my stomach every time ever since, and I’ve often been disturbed by it for days both before and after. But I think that’s a good thing. I remembered that first awful situation today when I read that a number of large tech and financial firms have recently cut staff or are planning to do so by the end of this y ..read more
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How I Saved My Business Operations and Peace of Mind This Week
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by Liz Kislik
2M ago
Sometimes things go completely wrong without warning. What are the most typical reactions?   You can curse and complain (and possibly raise your blood pressure). You can sit, locked in dread, unable to think and afraid to move. You can run away. Depending on the situation, you might feel the need to do all three of these things to keep yourself safe or give your brain time to adjust to and face your awful new reality. But what’s gone wrong is already wrong, and whatever you do won’t change it. Your actions can only affect what happens next and afterwards.  Whenever something goes ..read more
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What to Know When Another Department’s Limits Influence Your Success
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by Liz Kislik
2M ago
In today’s complex work environments, we’re often dependent on some other department or colleague—either upstream or downstream—to generate the results we’re held responsible for. And yet numerous clients complain to me that their work gets blocked by another department’s poor decisions, inaccurate operations, or lack of understanding of their needs. Occasionally they’re also troubled by colleagues who mean well but are in over their heads or facing their own organizational challenges—either way, they can’t deliver as needed to their internal partners.  Existential issues can develop if ..read more
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Make Up Your Mind: Leave Your Difficult New Boss or Keep Trying? 
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by Liz Kislik
2M ago
How can you tell when it’s time to stop negotiating with, debating, or accommodating a new boss—in other words, when is it time to cut your losses and move on to other opportunities?  I had trouble giving a client a conceptual answer to this tricky but common question because there are many potential reasons to go or stay, and the logic depends on the details. Instead, I gave him a specific personal example from several years ago, when I made the decision to walk away from something I “should” have wanted to keep. We drew some general guidelines from my experience, and since he found the ..read more
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How Talking to Yourself Can Reduce Your Stress and Help You Accomplish More
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by Liz Kislik
3M ago
Now that it’s normal to encounter people who seem to be talking to themselves because of the inconspicuousness of technology, perhaps it’s time to take advantage of the benefits of really talking to ourselves. After all, when we need help or support, we tend to go to people who know us well, so why not consult with yourself? Aren’t you the person who knows you best, inside and out, in life and work? Actually, most of us do talk to ourselves quite a lot. But we aren’t conscious of much of this chatter, which is called inner speech or self-talk. It tends to occur as an interior monologue throug ..read more
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Afraid You’re Being Manipulated? Advice on What to Watch for and Try
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by Liz Kislik
3M ago
Last week I heard from several executives about colleagues trying to manipulate them to behave differently or make certain decisions favorable to the manipulators. I’m not sure if these instances were coincidental or if something about current working conditions is causing a spike in manipulation. But generally speaking, manipulation is an evergreen problem that can come up over and over.  The problem isn’t necessarily what the manipulator wants to accomplish—they could have a good end in mind. What’s troubling is that they hide their intentions, taking a circuitous approach to accomplis ..read more
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