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  • How to Craft a Career You'll Love
    by Melody Wilding - February 20, 2020
    Most people assume that if they dislike their jobs their only options are to leave and find a “better” opportunity within their field, or to change careers entirely. But there’s a thread of academic research around a third option called job crafting – the practice of making the most of the job you have. Pioneered by a team of psychology researchers and management experts, the concept aims to help...
  • How to Curb Your Desire to Control Everything
    by Melody Wilding - January 16, 2020
    What do perfectionism, chronic busyness, and a refusal to delegate have in common? They’re all counter-productive habits driven by an underlying need for control. Having high expectations and knowing what you want can be a great thing. However, if taken too far, it can leave you feeling constantly disappointed. Trying to control everything all the time is not only impossible, but it can also alienate you from other...
  • 4 Books to Help You Thrive Despite a Dysfunctional Workplace
    by Melody Wilding - January 7, 2020
    We spend half of our waking hours at work, yet we rarely stop to consider how work affects us mentally or emotionally. For many people, the office can feel like a second home. You probably spend more time with your team than you do your family or friends. If you’re not happy with your work environment, that dissatisfaction can carry over into your other parts of your life, damaging your self-esteem, confidence...
  • Why You Should Become A Self-Aware Leader Today
    by Melody Wilding - December 10, 2019
    Studies increasingly show that self-awareness is more valuable than smarts alone. Research shows that leaders who are more self-aware get promoted faster and are awarded more responsibility. Like many qualities, self-awareness is not a fixed trait. But you can learn and cultivate it intentionally. If you’re looking to boost your EQ, there are a number of ways to understand yourself better. Start a daily mindful...
  • 3 Types of Perfectionism and How to Overcome Them
    by Melody Wilding - October 30, 2019
    “What’s your biggest weakness?” You’ve probably heard that it’s no longer considered a wise move to respond to this common interview question by saying, “Well, I’m a bit of a perfectionist”. Being organized and self-disciplined—once considered a desirable quality—has become somewhat of an insult, even a warning sign to employers. But while it’s true tha...
  • 5 Steps to Bouncing Back from a Crummy Day
    by Melody Wilding - October 9, 2019
    Even if you love your job, an occasional bad day is par for the course. Everyone has those days where no matter how many happiness hacks or positive mantras you try, you just can’t shake a glass-half-empty attitude. A bad mood can ruin your productivity, putting the kibosh on your motivation and draining you of your creative energy. The secret to recovering from a bad day is learning how to move forward despite it....
  • 3 Techniques to Boost Your Confidence After Receiving Criticism
    by Melody Wilding - September 24, 2019
    But if you want to do anything important in the world, you’ll inevitably get negative feedback or criticism. When I asked my client Jessica how her relationship with her manager was going since we last spoke, there was a long pause. “Jessica, what happened?” I asked. “She ripped apart a presentation I put together. She said I needed to start over from scratch because it totally missed the mark....
  • 4 Things You Should Never Apologize for at Work
    by Melody Wilding - August 26, 2019
    Why We Over-apologize Apologies, when warranted, are a sign of empathy in the workplace. But over-apologizing— or excessively saying sorry when you don’t need to — is a bad habit that can undermine your authority. More importantly, it hurts your self-esteem. Recently, there’s been a great deal of talk and controversy about women apologizing too often in the workplace. Research shows that women...
  • 3 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Conflict When Giving Feedback
    by Melody Wilding - August 9, 2019
    Does the thought of giving negative feedback to an employee make you want to call in sick? If so, a fear of conflict may get in your way. But you’re not doing anyone a favor by avoiding conflict. When problems go unaddressed or are swept under the rug, everyone suffers—including you. Avoiding conflict doesn’t just keep you from fulfilling your responsibilities, it also erodes your self-esteem. No one li...
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Career on Track During Life Crisis
    by Melody Wilding - August 2, 2019
    You’ve made your career a top priority. You strive for excellence and may have even made sacrifices to advance in the workplace. When life throws you a curveball, it can be challenging — and somewhat disorienting — to stay on track. Major life crises, like a family member being diagnosed with cancer, financial troubles or other life events can (rightfully) consume a lot of your time and attention. If yo...