Our Corporate Life
June 11, 2013   •   Volume 4, Issue 12   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Competitive Set
Ask Amanda: How do I deal with a crazed subordinate?
♦   Practical Tips: Digital Downtime
Competitive Set

Our culture teaches us to look at others as reference points throughout our life. We do what we do because we’ve seen other people do it and it worked for them. As life becomes more complex, we tend to rely on models and real-life examples to provide information on how to get from A to B. While logical, this approach often overlooks implications related to life stage and personal choices.

For instance, if you’re comparing yourself with successful single women, men, or “empty nesters,” your competitive set generally has more control over their time. Theoretically if they wanted to work 12 hours a day, they could.
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Thought to Ponder

History is not destiny.

Practical Tips:
Digital Downtime

With all the connectedness we experience with technology, it was only a matter of time before “digital downtime” became a hot topic. Countless studies—and probably your own personal experience—have shown that continual connectedness can negatively impact your stress levels, relationships, and physical and mental health. This is not to suggest that you go cold turkey. It’s more about taking a more measured approach to your connectedness.
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 ask Amanda

My subordinate creates an artificial sense of urgency for everything. It's a huge issue because now other departments automatically discount the importance of her work and she's becoming ineffective. What should I do? A.R., Chapel Hill, NC

Amanda Mitchell

Before you start trying to solve this, spend some time with your subordinate to learn what’s driving her behavior. Is she deadline driven? Disorganized? Feeling unheard? Actively listen to understand what she’s not saying so you can get to the root of the situation.
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