Our Corporate Life
May 10, 2016   •   Volume 7, Issue 10   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Improve Your Thinking
Ask Amanda: I inherited an ineffective senior staffer. Help!
♦   Practical Tips: Alternative Explanations
Improve Your Thinking

One of the best techniques for becoming a better thinker is setting aside time to think without distractions. However, while most of us can set aside some time, once we start thinking about that important business problem we start going off on tangents. To keep yourself focused and sharpen your reasoning skills, write down your thoughts about the issue at hand. You don’t have to send it to anyone but getting your thoughts down on paper is a proven method for clarifying and focusing your ideas.
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Thought to Ponder

High performance is a habit.

Practical Tips: Alternative Explanations

One of the biggest obstacles we’ll face in our lives is our own inner critic. Every one of us possesses this voice in one form or another. The inner critic generates negative thoughts like, “I don’t have enough experience to take on that project; I’m not smart enough to run the business; I’m incapable of success.”
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 ask Amanda

I just inherited a senior staffer who isn’t cutting it. She’s totally unaware of her performance gaps even though she’s been here for years. I don’t want to be the bad guy. What do I do? M.P., Los Angeles, CA

Amanda Mitchell

First I’d confirm whether your judgment that she’s not “cutting it” is correct. As you’ve pointed out, it is odd that she wouldn’t have been made aware before now about her performance gaps.
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