Our Corporate Life
October 14, 2014   •   Volume 5, Issue 21   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Hedging Your Bets
Ask Amanda: I cried in a meeting. How should I manage perceptions?
♦   Practical Tips: Up and at ‘Em
Hedging Your Bets

All too often people are caught flat-footed when they lose their jobs. It’s easy to see why—most of us have workloads that have increased substantially while our resources have not. Many make the assumption that if they are super productive, their jobs are secure. This isn’t necessarily true; many job losses are not reflective of your value, they are due to reorganizations, mergers, and/or selling the company. Not to mention the fact that it’s not healthy or smart to work all the time.

How can you protect yourself? Strong networks, current knowledge, and industry visibility. It’s simple but not easy. The key is to routinize your activities in these areas.
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Thought to Ponder

Avoid using your standards as a club.

Practical Tips:
Up and at ‘Em

Many are tempted to plan work travel so that they leave as late as possible to have more time at work or more time with the family. Factor in the tradeoffs before you make your decision.

According to the Department of Transportation’s most recent Air Travel Consumer Report, (not surprisingly) US airports start to see an uptick in delays later in the day. On-time arrivals dropped from 85.5% between 8:00am and 8:59am to just 63.9% between 5:00pm and 5:59pm.
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 ask Amanda

I never lose control, yet recently I met with my boss and ended up crying in the meeting. Now I'm afraid I'll be seen as weak. She was nice about it but I worry. What should I do? E.E., New York, NY

Amanda Mitchell

In these situations I’ve generally found that people do not cry because they are weak. They cry because they have been too strong for too long. Consider why you became so upset. Is it because you don’t feel heard? Are you frustrated about the pace of a project?
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