personal improvement

Say no How to Say No to Work Requests

There are times when you have so much to do that you just have to say no to new work requests. The trick is finding a way to decline politely so there are no negative repercussions. There are ways to turn down requests at work without also hurting your career. Be clear and firm but still respectful.

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Naomi Karten
Star Wars logo The Last Jedi? Some Words of Wisdom

"I only know one truth: It's time for the Jedi to end." That’s the bomb Luke Skywalker dropped in the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Pamela Rentz highlights some of the wisdom of the Jedi to keep The Force strong in the workplace and our lives.

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Pamela Rentz
Lucky four-leaf clover The Role of Luck in Your Career Success

When things go your way and you achieve some level of success, it’s natural to want to take credit for it. But in addition to your working hard and overcoming obstacles, it's likely that at least some of your success is also due to pure, dumb luck. Acknowledging that can help you recognize good luck when it appears.

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Naomi Karten
Failure is part of success How Failure Is Essential to Your Success

No one likes to fail, but it is an essential activity in our lives. Each failure gives us a chance to learn and become better. No one is instantly successful at anything; everyone goes through a learning curve, and that may be steep and long. But we need to do better to embrace failure, because it precedes success.

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Isabel Evans
Woman standing up from desk Tips to Get You Up from Your Desk and Moving Around

We've all heard the dangers that come from sitting too much. Luckily, there are plenty of ideas that can help you move a little more, even if your job entails sitting for most of the day. You just need a reminder to get up every hour or so—and among these tips, there's sure to be one that works for you.

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Naomi Karten
Virtual reality Keep Up with Changing Technology by Making Learning a Priority

Many organizations are constantly adopting or integrating new technology, with the goal of remaining competitive. But there are so many new platforms and methods being created that it’s impossible to keep up with them all. Michael Sowers shares some tips that have helped him stay current with changing technology.

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Michael Sowers
Perfectionist The Case for Not Being a Perfectionist

Doing your job to the best of your ability is a worthy trait. But if you aim to always be perfect, it can be exhausting—for those around you as well as yourself. It's a challenging way to live. You may want to try being a little more relaxed about how you view yourself and others. You could learn from some mistakes.

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Naomi Karten
Learning An Agile Mindset: Learning Early, Not Failing Fast

Agile encourages teams to continuously improve through learning. One of the phrases associated with this process is "failing fast"—trying new things and taking lessons from mistakes as you go. But Johanna Rothman thinks "learning early" is a better phrase. That change in terminology can give you a happier mindset.

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Johanna Rothman