Our Corporate Life
July 21, 2015   •   Volume 6, Issue 15   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Shake Free of Your Shoulds
Ask Amanda: What is the best way to tell your boss you are leaving?
♦   Practical Tips: Assembling Project Teams
Shake Free of Your Shoulds

Most people with high standards have a lot of “shoulds”—you know, the frustrating “I should do this” or “I should do that” cycle of trying to get yourself to do something because you feel like you have to. An internal dialogue heavy on “shoulds” will rob you of your focus, clarity, and good humor.

“Should” is alerting you that you have an expectation that:

  • the only way you can get the result you want is going to be hard.
  • the ways you see this thing you want happening don’t have any positive emotional pay offs.
  • You think what you want is impossible for you.
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Thought to Ponder

If you're the smartest on the team it's time for a new team.

Practical Tips: Assembling Project Teams

Most people create teams based on skill sets and experience. Research suggests that personality type and hierarchy should also be considered.

Projects that require teamwork will benefit from having defined leaders and followers. Researchers from the business schools at Columbia University, Northwestern University, and the University of Queensland, Australia, found that without a clear hierarchy, team members were sidetracked with power dynamics, which caused them to lose focus on the task at hand.
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 ask Amanda

I’ve been unhappy at my job for a long time and finally have found a good job. How do I tell my boss that I'm going to leave without burning any bridges? B.P., Cherry Hill, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

It’s smart to leave your company on a good note. You may want to return one day or you may run into your boss at another company. When you tell him, you want to talk about what is drawing you to the new opportunity, not what may be wrong with your current job.
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