Personal Development

There’s an ongoing need to strengthen computing practices and stay vigilant against cyber attacks—up 600% due to COVID-19 (now aptly referred to as the “cyberdemic”). Emails and passwords are especially prime targets for hackers. Use these tips to stay safe.
Ever listen to a long-winded blabbermouth? Don’t be like that person. To gauge whether you need to scale back on your talking, consider these questions.

Sound Bites: March ’21

February 24, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

“It” is the key … Don’t ask a question only to answer it … Offer better advice … If you’re feeling overwhelmed by too many meetings, analyze them … Now that’s tiny type!

Eliminate 4 crucial weaknesses

February 10, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

Leadership doesn’t come naturally to every manager. As you move forward in your career, work to expel these weaknesses that can inhibit your ability to be seen as a true leader.

7 steps to a great strategic plan

February 10, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

A strategic plan sets the direction of an organization or team. It doesn’t have to be lengthy or complex, but the best ones usually include these specific elements.

Say ‘No’ and feel guilt-free

February 10, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

You can’t please everyone all the time—which means you’d better learn how to turn down requests from employees, peers, and business associates. Refuse graciously by following these guidelines.
Q: “Our office keeps several over-the-counter medications on hand if someone in the office should have a headache, indigestion, etc. But now I’m wondering if this is a good idea because of possible liability issues. Can you tell me if we’re safe in keeping a drawer of these meds if someone should ask for them?” – Linda, Oregon
Question: Unlike most people in my office, I’m really skittish about coming to work in snowy or icy weather. I’d feel inadequate and judged if I ever called out when others have not, but I get a pit in my stomach when I see the streets becoming slippery and dangerous. What should I do?

1-Minute Strategies: March ’21

February 3, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

Keep a junk email address … Ease hand and wrist tightening … Before you choose a cleaning company …  Take a closer look at signature lines … Some like it hot (and healthy) … Remember the penny loafer?

Disagree without starting a fight

January 27, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

Meetings shouldn’t be battlegrounds, but that doesn’t mean you should never disagree with anyone for the sake of harmony. The trick is to make your point with tact. Here’s how to disagree without getting disagreeable.
Your image as a leader depends on more than selecting the right power suit. Here’s how to stay in control of how people perceive you.

Adding diagrams to Google Slides

January 6, 2021 Categorized in: Personal Development

To add a diagram to a presentation in Google Slides, click the Insert dropdown button and choose Diagram.
For a busy professional, it can be rare—and a huge relief—when the stars align and a lighter workday affords you some breathing room. But too much breathing room can be its own problem.