The process of connecting with your professional team begins with becoming acquainted with them as individuals. Try to learn and understand their strengths and their goals, professional as well as personal.
I just don't care what people think. And usually I don't. But being repeatedly questioned, being made to feel like my life choices and my interests -- the ones that make me happy and content -- were wrong and somehow inadequate, was like a hard blow to the chest.
"I don't want to stifle anyone's hobbies -- it's important to have interests outside of work," says Meredith Molina, office manager. "But Cheryl really needs to rein it in, and we all know that's what this meeting is really about."
It seems like almost every stand-up show features at least one female comedian these days. Now that Tina Fey stars in movies, it's just a matter of time before women are being funny all over this great nation!
Hello. My name is Tim Sackett, and I'm a hugger. Being a hugger can make for some awkward moments -- what if the other person isn't expecting a hug, or doesn't want one, and you're coming in arms-wide-open!?
I think a lot of times people work too hard to have one persona in the professional world, and another one in regular life. This isn't really necessary. If you learn to add a more human touch to your work, then you become more one-of-a-kind.
True human capabilities will not find expression in competition. When you are trying to race with somebody, you are only thinking of going one step ahead of him. You are not thinking of what your ultimate potential is. True human capabilities will find expression only in absolute relaxation.
Are you wondering what exactly I mean by pranks? Sure, I tell my fair share of jokes, but I also like to remind all of Team Alex that we deal with a heavy topic here, so to keep ourselves on the right track, we have fun too.
When people come together in groups, there's usually at least one member who slacks off. Whether you call it shirking or social loafing, it's a major source of misery, and it prevents teams from achieving their potential.
When we're being undermined by one person, we recognize the importance of seeking support from someone else. But it may be even more critical to invest in those supportive relationships when dealing with someone who's guilty of both undermining and supporting us.