Our Corporate Life
November 15, 2016   •   Volume 7, Issue 23   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: What Are You Afraid Of?
Ask Amanda: Am I being paranoid about my boss?
♦   Practical Tips: Creating a Pro-Sleep Culture
What Are You Afraid Of?

Ever notice how superheroes are afraid of absolutely nothing? That’s exactly how we want our leaders to be—whether it’s our parents or our management. When we see someone in authority who remains unruffled in the face of a perceived threat, it keeps us calm and able to function. That’s great if you’re being managed. But what if you’re the leader?

A big part of fear is lack of control. “The less predictable we feel something is, the more anxious we may become about it,” says Robert L. Leahy Ph.D., author of The Worry Cure. Working in a climate of ambiguity is the norm in the business world today. However, the recent election has introduced ill-will, suspicion, and volatility that is affecting many workplaces.
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Thought to Ponder

Trying times aren’t the times to stop trying.

Practical Tips: Creating a Pro-Sleep Culture

Numerous studies have shown that sleep deprivation impairs concentration, judgment, decision-making ability, and memory. Smart leaders are looking to encourage normal sleep in order to get a business edge. Here are some simple things to try:

  • Work around your team’s “clock gene” or chronotype. Early birds will perform optimally earlier in the day than night owls. 

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  ask Amanda

My boss keeps suggesting that we sit together and "figure things out," e.g., what I want to do next. While I was initially thrilled to have a boss take an interest in my career, now I'm wondering if I should trust her and what this is all about. Am I being paranoid? N.M., Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

First, why haven’t you had the conversation? You say “[she] keeps suggesting”. When your manager wants to talk to you about your job responsibilities, prioritize it! It sends the message that your career is important to you and that you value her input.
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