Our Corporate Life
April 1, 2014   •   Volume 5, Issue 7   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Tame Your Mind
Ask Amanda: How do I keep my medical situation private?
♦   Practical Tips: 360 Consistency
Tame Your Mind

We’ve all experienced it. Our boss seems distant and a little cold. A call we expect doesn’t come. We pitch for business and hear…crickets. In no time we’re convinced that it was something we did—or didn’t do. We wonder what went wrong? We get down in the dumps and drag others along with us. It is a tremendous energy drain. And the fact is, we don’t have the facts to support our conclusions.

Why do we do this? Our Stone Age brain.
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Thought to Ponder

To be successful, you must be willing to be uncomfortable for awhile.

Practical Tips:
360 Consistency

When there’s a conflict at work, inevitably we blame difficult personalities or poor workers. But you should look at your physical environment to see if it may also be contributing to problems.

For instance, one senior executive believed he was approachable, open, and communicated well with staffers.
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 ask Amanda

I have cancer and must be out of the office for treatment and other appointments. My supervisor is aware of my situation but I've asked him to keep it quiet because I don’t want to talk about it. How do I handle teammates who make me feel guilty for being out so much? M.R., San Francisco, CA

Amanda Mitchell

It’s rare in a situation like yours that the truth doesn’t come out. Prepare for that eventuality by crafting a response that is true but also establishes a boundary that you’re comfortable with. Perhaps it’s something like, “I appreciate your concern. As you can imagine this is very emotional for me. Work helps me concentrate on other things and I’m happy for the distraction because I don’t want to talk about my health.”
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