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    The Mistake Everybody Makes With Emotional Intelligence

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    If you haven't yet taken a summer vacation, perhaps it's because nothing excites you enough to pull the trigger. Instead of a vacation or staycation, might you want to try an intimation? It's a series of activities to enhance your relationship with your special someone. It can be incorporated into a vacation or staycation or simply be a standalone series of activities you'd do. I suggest some intimation activities in the my PsychologyToday.com article today. HERE is the link.

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  • Career

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  • Career Coach

    3 Ways to Beat Decision Fatigue

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    Decisions, decisions. Sometimes it feels like our lives are one big set of decisions strung together between meals and sleeping. Maybe that’s because on average all of us are asked to make more than 100 small to medium decisions every day — just in our personal lives. If you are a supervisor or manager, then you are likely being asked to make even more — often more important — decisions than that every working day. It is no wonder therefore that so many of us have decision fatigue. It is characterized by a range of emotions and reactions including indifference and inertia. Hard to Care Indifference kicks in when we simply get tired of trying to sort out whose turn it is to do something…

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    More companies are expressing concern about how “fast” the business world is moving. There’s a real fear about employees being able to keep up with the pace of change. Today’s reader note is about an aspect of that – working in the past. Hi! I’ve been following you for a while. Fantastic posts and always applicable! My company has a very ‘outdated’ culture. We pay on the low end, training and professional development opportunities are minimal and our policies translate into “we don’t trust you”. This is making recruitment challenging, especially with the higher level, more senior roles. Any tips for selling a lack-luster culture to candidates without detouring from reality? First of all, thanks for the kind words about HR Bartender.…

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  • Career

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    A recent study found that about 40% of U.S. workers don't take their vacation days, with many employ…

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    A recent study found that about 40% of U.S. workers don't take their vacation days, with many employees saying they are afraid to fall behind on their work. But while going away on vacation for most of us means coming back to a huge pile of unread emails, the German car manufacturer Daimler has come up with a pretty awesome way to help its employees enjoy their time off without falling behind. According to the Financial Times, the company announced that its 100,000 German workers will now have the option to automatically delete all of the emails they receive while they're away. The people who try to reach them will be sent what the company calls a "Mail on Holiday" response letting…

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  • Career

    33 War Strategies That Will Help Yo…

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    33 War Strategies That Will Help You Win In Business

    You may not realize it, but every day you enter the office you step into a minefield of personal politics at a company facing fierce competitors. In Robert Greene's "The 33 Strategies of War," the renowned author analyzes the tactics of history's greatest military leaders and presents their strategies in a way that professionals can use. These time-tested techniques can prove useful if you're a professional looking to rise up the corporate ladder, a manager looking to get the best from your team, or an entrepreneur looking to break into an industry. We've summarized Greene's 33 war strategies below: Self-Directed Warfare Before you can defeat your enemy, you need to gain control over yourself. 1. Declare war on your enemies. On the path to success, many…

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  • Career Coach

    Do You Know Your Career Non-Negotia…

    Key to career contentment is getting your career non-negotiables met. But many people don't not know…

    Do You Know Your Career Non-Negotiables?

    Key to career contentment is getting your career non-negotiables met. But many people don't not know what they are. My PsychologyToday.com article will help. HERE is the link.

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  • Career

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    Here Are Some Jobs That Are Basically Guaranteed To Be Taken Over By Robots

    A common source of anxiety stems from wondering what jobs robots will take over from humans. Some people are worried that the rise of robots will have profound economic effects, causing some extreme winners and extreme losers, depending on whether you own the robot or get replaced by the robot. And some people are just concerned that robots will take their job specifically. Pew recently reviewed a 2013 paper that showed which careers have the highest "Routine Task Intensity." If there's one thing that robots are good at, it's routine tasks, the same activity over and over again. Jobs that entail routine tasks are the best candidates. Here's the list of careers with the highest Routine Task Intensity (RTI). Looking at the above list, it…

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  • Career

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    We need to talk more about Melinda Gates

    I took my son to a Lady Gaga concert. I could tell you that. And I could tell you I take at least one kid on every business trip I have, and they are sick of it, so I tried to make Seattle fun by adding Lady Gaga. My son loved the spectacle. Even from nose-bleed seats. He loved dancing in the aisles. And even though he told me he didn’t want them, he finally admitted that he loved that I brought ear plugs, too. Should I tell you I went to Seattle and saw Lady Gaga with my son? Or do I tell you I went to Seattle because I’m using Infusionsoft on Quistic and it’s a mess and I needed a hands-on lesson from my…

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  • Career

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6 Things to do in your 20s to make your 30s good

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Why do people spend so much time telling you a list of books to read in your twenties or a list of places to go in your twenties?  Those are actually ways only to escape your twenties. Escaping by doing that stuff just sets you up for a disaster in your thirties.

Here are things to do in your twenties to make your thirties fun.

1.  Build a career that enables you to work from home.
The best way to get control of your life is working from home, because once you’re home, then things start to shift in favor of you instead of your company.

But there are relatively few types of jobs that translate to a career from home.  Survey the types of careers that are typical of at‑home workers and set yourself up for one of them.

Almost every person who is working from home either works very hard in their twenties to build their own business or they worked hard in their twenties to specialize so that it was too costly for the company to replace them. So when they ask, it is easier to let them work from home.

2.  Women, freeze your embryos.
I’m actually a fan of approaching your biological clock head-on instead of procrastinating by freezing your eggs. That seems like you’re just putting off the inevitable realities of having a family.  Nothing changes when the eggs are frozen except that you build a bigger career that you must scale back when you do have kids.

But sometimes really bad things happen to us, like your whole family burns up in a fire and you have to go to six years of therapy, and you can’t start dating until you’re thirty-one. So for cases like this, or less extreme, it’s good to just have your embryos saved.

Why doesn’t everybody just save embryos? It’s kind of like cord blood. It’s what rich people do to avoid calamitous medical situations.

3.  Build muscle.
You already know that good-looking people get the best jobs and a wider selection of partners.

What you didn’t know is that you can kind of buy yourself some time if you’ve been lifting weights really hard-core the whole time in your twenties. Muscle just sort of lingers on so you can do mostly lame workouts in your thirties if you lifted weights in your twenties. This plan allows you a lot more flexibility. It allows you to have years when you don’t work out because you’re trying to rearrange your life, and it makes all transitions easier to know that your body isn’t falling apart when you’re doing them.

4. Go visit your siblings. 
It’s really not that fun to stay in touch with your siblings in your twenties because everybody uses that time to separate from their parents and build their own identity. And this is the time when people are in the most denial that they are like their parents and will marry someone like their parents. So a way to stay in denial as long as possible is to avoid siblings, because siblings can always tell when you’re acting like your parents.

The problem is that a fascinating study from Harvard reveals that the only indicator of who will be happy and who won’t later in life is who remains close to their siblings. So you might think that what’s really going to make you happy is to be hot enough to get into exclusive clubs, but that doesn’t last. Your siblings are what lasts. So go visit them when you have time off.

5.  Don’t stress about relocation.
It’s overwhelming to think you’re twenty-two and you can live anywhere. Unfortunately, it’s not actually true. It’s true that you can live anywhere, but it’s not true that you’re going to want to live just anywhere.

After you have kids you’re going to want to live where your family is because this is what happens: Nobody really cares about your kids. In fact, nobody even likes other people’s kids. They like their own kids. The exception to this is family. Family loves other family.

We love our nieces and nephews and grandkids similarly to our own kids, so you’re going to want to be near family. You’re going to relocate to family when you realize none of your friends actually care about your kids. You’ll know because they’re not inviting you for holidays anymore—they’re going to see family on holidays because they want someone to dote on their kids.

6. Your twenties are not practice time. It’s your life.
So don’t worry about relocation. It’s playing in the world of false choices. Meg Jay has a great Ted Talk about how people in their twenties spend too much time making dead-end decisions that they pretend don’t count. Instead, focus on using a systematic way to try new jobs and new relationships to figure where you fit. And don’t worry that things don’t feel right in your twenties because everything happens so fast. You know how people always say to you, “Oh, my gosh, you’ve grown up so fast.” Well, time speeds up as you get older, and you’re not going to believe how fast your twenties are over.

So much of what people in their 20s focus on is how they look to the world right now. It’s why Facebook rules the day, and street photographer James Maher named his photo (up top) The Pose of a Generation. But all that Facebook-induced, short-term thinking leads to depression. Take your life seriously enough to be able to share difficulties and failures.

And remember that the best decisions you can make are ones that will last into your thirties. That way, you know you are doing things in your twenties that will matter.

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