Our Corporate Life
February 8, 2011   •   Volume 2, Issue 3   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦  Feature Article: Information Overload
Ask Amanda: The next step for me is running a departmentóand Iím not sure if I want it or not. Is there anything I can do before Iím forced to choose to help me decide?
♦   Practical Tips: Volunteer Strategically
Information Overload

The rate at which information comes into our environment is unprecedented. It is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of “stuff” that piles up around you. Look around your office. Do you have piles everywhere? Tons of file folders and cabinets but no idea where anything is? An inbox that is constantly overflowing no matter how often you try to empty it? A chaotic environment makes it difficult for you to perform at your best and can be a real drain on your time and energy.

The challenge for high achievers is that they often have the desire to master it all and end up holding on to absolutely everything. Be brutal with your decision-making. Your time is valuable; make sure whatever is claiming your focus is worth the trade-off.
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Thought to Ponder Freedom is never free.
Practical Tips: Volunteer Strategically

Volunteering for an industry association can provide a good opportunity to gain new skills, add to your network and give back, but it’s one of the last things anyone wants to do when they’re so pressed for time. Consider these parameters when deciding whether volunteering is a good strategy for you.

Goal Alignment
Understand why you’re volunteering and what you want to get out of it. Does the volunteer role give you access to a new skill, a new pool of influencers or a new way of thinking? Will it help you establish yourself among a broader audience?
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 ask Amanda

The next step for me is running a department—and I’m not sure if I want it or not. Is there anything I can do before I’m forced to choose to help me decide? D.M., Fife Lake, MI

Amanda Mitchell

Your situation is a common one. Most people end up in careers serendipitously. Then because they’re resourceful and talented they start getting promoted—which is not only gratifying to the ego, it usually has cash and prizes associated with it! But eventually you reach a point in your career when you have to ask yourself, “What do I really want?”
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