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50 Ways To Avoid Screwing Up Your New Promotion (series)

2014 September 29

tags: Development, Effectiveness, Leadership, Promotion, Reputation, Self-Care, Valuing Others
by Andrew

Note: This will be a series of five posts, each with ten points essential to making and maintaining a good impression in a new promotion.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

So, you’ve been promoted. Congratulations! The hard part isn’t over. Sure, you prepared for, competed for, perhaps longed or fought for the promotion, and you got it. But there are plenty of ways to fail to keep it, and many of them can have your executives questioning their decision if you aren’t careful.

The fifty tips in this series, ten a week, are intended to help you set a sustainable pace in your new role and avoid some all-too-common problems that can befall people.

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Pirate Productivity

2014 September 19

tags: Communication, Productivity, Talk Like A Pirate Day, Work Humor
by Andrew

Talk Like A PirateArrrr!

It be grand news, me hearties! T’day be Talk Like A Pirate Day!

I didn’t ken it was t’day! Typical I miss it, and it o’ertakes me to the doldrums. I be grateful to me fellow pirates fer remindin’ me.

Now, I’m sure everyone is wondering if I really wrote a blog post about talking like a pirate. Yes…I did. You’re reading it. Why would I do such a thing on a productivity and leadership blog?
Because it’s fun! And if you can’t have fun at work…well, that’s no fun at all.

I’m not suggesting you talk like a pirate all day, although you could if your workplace doesn’t keelhaul you for it. And you probably shouldn’t answer incoming calls in your pirate voice unless you recognize the caller. But, a little benign pirate dialog thrown in throughout the day could easily liven things up and actually increase the effectiveness of communication a bit because ye’ll have t’ think harder about th’ message ye want to convey, and your listeners will have to listen more closely and – hopefully – do the same thing if they try it.

Try having a pirate-voice-only staff meeting today and see what happens. Hilarity will most certainly ensue, and hopefully everyone has a good time. Just don’t let the pirates on your crew skewer the landlubbers too much. We wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or make them feel singled out just because they don’t want to talk like a pirate. Some folks don’t like role play. Me? I looooove role play. Except at training.

If you want a sign you can print for your desk…door…car window…whatever, you can download one here:

  TLAP_Sign.pdf (86.1 KiB, 246 hits)

Now back to work, scallywags, armed with your piraty accent and verbiage: TLAPD Short Lexicon

 

Arrrr! Take care, and enjoy being a pirate today!

Andrew

I’ve also written a related article about motivating approaches to getting your work done.

Photo Credit: Flickr (mr.throk)

50 Ways To Avoid Screwing Up Your New Promotion (series)

2014 August 26

tags: Development, Effectiveness, Leadership, Promotion, Reputation, Self-Care, Valuing Others
by Andrew

Note: This will be a series of five posts, each with ten points essential to making and maintaining a good impression in a new promotion.

Part 1

Part 2
Part 3

Part 4

So, you’ve been promoted. Congratulations! The hard part isn’t over. Sure, you prepared for, competed for, perhaps longed or fought for the promotion, and you got it. But there are plenty of ways to fail to keep it, and many of them can have your executives questioning their decision if you aren’t careful.

The fifty tips in this series, ten a week, are intended to help you set a sustainable pace in your new role and avoid some all-too-common problems that can befall people.

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One Easy Step To An Inbox That Contains Only The Mail You Want

2014 July 1

tags: Effective Email, SaneBox, Time Management, Tuesday Tips
by Andrew

effective emailAre you striving for “inbox zero?” It’s a terrible goal. You’ll never meet it for more than a few minutes and then it’s self-defeating. Did you know an average person spends two to four hours every day reading and responding to email?! That’s a huge time-waster when many of those are junk, not urgent, or not important.
Here’s one easy step that results in only the mail you want to see arriving in your inbox.

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50 Ways To Avoid Screwing Up Your New Promotion (series)

2014 June 16

tags: Development, Effectiveness, Leadership, Promotion, Reputation, Self-Care, Valuing Others
by Andrew

Note: This will be a series of five posts, each with ten points essential to making and maintaining a good impression in a new promotion.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 4

Part 3

So, you’ve been promoted. Congratulations! The hard part isn’t over. Sure, you prepared for, competed for, perhaps longed or fought for the promotion, and you got it. But there are plenty of ways to fail to keep it, and many of them can have your executives questioning their decision if you aren’t careful.

The fifty tips in this series, ten a week, are intended to help you set a sustainable pace in your new role and avoid some all-too-common problems that can befall people.

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