Why you need to take a vacation.

The harder we work, the faster we climb, right? Not so. A Harvard Business Review article reports that people who use all of their vacation time have a 6.5% higher chance of getting promoted than those who don’t. This, says Nan Russell, author of “It’s Not About Time”, is just one of many myths that exist regarding filling our days with busy-ness and getting what we want out of life. She’ll be talking on this topic in an upcoming free session in Fort Collins, debunking misconceptions such as these: Myth: the busier we are, the more important we must be. Russell will discuss how the best way...

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Perception shifts. Turning negative to positive.

“I’m really stressed out about this, but I’m also kind of excited about it, too!” This came from a friend as he described a big project he’s working on. His eyes were shining and he was noticeably happy. I was happy, too, because just weeks before he’d been complaining about this same project, but had been clearly discouraged about it. He was stressed both times, but once negatively, and the other time, positively. That’s the difference between distress and eustress, and according to performance coach Samantha Attard, Ph.D., we have the power to shift from the dark pressure to the lighter...

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The power of new beginnings

In the afterglow of the eclipse, I’ve been thinking about William Bridges’ transition model, and the applications it has in our careers and lives. In his book Transitions, Bridges talks about the endings, neutral zones, and new beginnings that come with shifts, and those were all a part of Monday’s experience. The first step in Bridges’ model is endings, where what existed before ceases. As my husband and I stood in the mall parking lot in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska—a location that would deliver the total eclipse opportunity–we watched as the formerly bright sunlight was slowly wiped away....

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Laid off? Some tips for how to move forward.

“A few of my colleagues who have worked for the same company for 30 years are getting laid off. Could you write a column about what they should do? Most of them don’t have any idea.” This comment came from a reader, so here’s a step-by-step plan for them: Catch your breath. Getting laid off can be a huge shock, and it’s likely that you won’t be thinking straight for a while. Rather than updating your LinkedIn profile immediately, go into crisis mode instead, until your head stops spinning. Talking with someone you trust about your feelings and options has been shown to speed up transitions...

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Fear and change. How to keep your career edge.

Worry you’re losing your edge in your career? You’re not alone–there’s even an acronym for that: FOBO – Fear of Becoming Obsolete. Local bestselling author Debra Benton, in partnership with Kylie Write-Ford, tackle this topic in their newly-released book, “The Leadership Mind Switch.” Here are a few compelling data points to get you thinking in more progressive directions: “Every two days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of man through 2003”, informs Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google. An attitude of, “We’ve always done things that way,” is digital Darwinism, and...

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