Our Corporate Life
February 6, 2018   •   Volume 9, Issue 3   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: High Achiever Burnout
Ask Amanda: My coworker constantly inserts herself, help!
♦   Practical Tips: Projecting Power
High Achiever Burnout

High achievers often inadvertently create situations for themselves that lead to burnout. When a teammate is not able to meet a deadline, the department’s work doesn’t meet their standards, or a major project is on the line, they step in to fill the breach. Essentially they expand the scope of their job by assuming others’ responsibilities.
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Thought to Ponder

Our lives change when our habits change.

Practical Tips: Projecting Power

Meetings are an ideal time to create/reinforce powerful perceptions. When you speak, lead with your conclusion and then follow with a brief rationale. Resist the temptation to provide a lot of backstory. Most people have very short attention spans.
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  ask Amanda

We’ve moved to a cubicle setup in our new space. My neighbor is constantly inserting herself into my conversations. I can’t go more than an hour without having a “prairie dog pop up” over our shared wall. She’s not a bad person but she’s making me crazy. How should I handle this? K.T., New York, NY

Amanda Mitchell

Since it’s a new setup, you have an opportunity to talk with your neighbor about the best way to deal with the open concept. Get out of your cubicle area before you bring it up. Ask her to coffee or lunch. Or eat together in the break room. You need some privacy but you don’t want it to seem “formal.”
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