Our Corporate Life
September 13, 2016   •   Volume 7, Issue 19   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Pointless Debates
Ask Amanda: HR isn’t filling our open positions. Help!
♦   Practical Tips: Faux Deadlines
Pointless Debates

Ever feel like it's "groundhog day" at work? No matter how many meetings you have on a specific subject, it seems like you end up arguing the same things over and over. It's exhausting, counterproductive, and can lead to hard feelings.

There are many reasons why someone always engages. Most high achievers love a challenge and are tempted to weigh in on any and all decisions. If you’re in a collaborative culture, there is often a compulsion to speak to justify your presence on a team.
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Thought to Ponder

Action is the antidote to despair.

Practical Tips:
Faux Deadlines

Most of us pad deadlines just a little to give ourselves a bit of wiggle room in case our team is late providing needed information. However, setting a false deadline that leads to demoralizing behavior is an abuse of power.

For instance, demanding an immediate turnaround on an important report and then ignoring it.
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  ask Amanda

We are constantly short-staffed and HR tells me that there are no appropriate candidates. I find it hard to believe that there isn’t one person in our area that fits our needs. I work in a good company and our open positions are really good opportunities for the right people. When they do come through with someone for us to interview, inevitably the person isn’t qualified. I’m at wit’s end. Any advice? D.A., San Francisco, CA

Amanda Mitchell

I'm sure you're very frustrated. While open positions are often a sign of growth, they also mean that you've got more work than people to do it. Rather than focus on what's not happening (which can lead to erroneous conclusions), concentrate on what you can control.
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