Our Corporate Life
March 8, 2011   •   Volume 2, Issue 5   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦  Feature Article: Tolerations
Ask Amanda: I feel paralyzed by the sheer number of decisions I have to make. What can I do?
♦   Practical Tips: Craft Sound Bites

While being tolerant is often a very good quality, tolerating what isn’t working for you can be a major drain on your energy and time. Tolerations are things you put up with in your life and are not happy about, whether in your job, your environment, your relationships, or yourself.

Tolerations are often not obvious and are easy to dismiss as minor annoyances. However, they can weigh on your mind and make it difficult to focus because you never address them. They may not be vital or pressing concerns, but they are often important areas where you end up settling for something less than you want. You can become so used to the way things are that you choose to maintain the status quo because it seems easier. You keep the okay job instead of looking for a better one, you ignore small violations of your boundaries, and you work around people you just don’t want to take the time to deal with.
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Thought to Ponder

Question others’ judgment, not motives.

Practical Tips: Craft Sound Bites

The media has conditioned us to expect information in manageable sound bites, and most people prefer them. Leverage this communication style to your advantage by creating sound bites that serve you. Two powerful strategies are to use them to:

Reinforce Your Personal Positioning
Just like a product consistently reinforces its branding, so should you. Casually and consistently drop yours into conversation. For example, “Well, you know me, always building connections to amplify experiences.”
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 ask Amanda

Normally I'm a decisive person. But lately I've been inundated with important decisions that need to be made and I feel paralyzed. What can I do? O.S., Dunellen, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

If it’s any comfort, you are not alone! The volume and velocity of work has increased for everyone, creating the feeling of running at full speed while getting nowhere. Executives often choose expediency and make what they consider the easiest decision first. But that choice may not be the best one; it’s important to sequence your decision-making correctly.
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About Us: Our Corporate Life LLC (OCL) is a company that offers a new system for reducing unnecessary workplace suffering caused by the organizational, interpersonal, and ethical issues of our time. It is founded on the belief that adhering to core human values and achieving business success are always compatible. Working with both companies and individuals, OCL helps create solutions that enable corporate employees at every level to optimize profits while enabling them to thrive in the corporate environment. OCL was founded by Amanda Mitchell to help meet the needs of people working in corporate America during this transformative moment in our nationís history. The OCL system reflects her experience and insight gained from a 20-year corporate career working with Fortune 500 companies, and as an executive coach to senior-level corporate executives. Our Corporate Life
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