Will Corporate America Please Stand Up?

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." ~ Abraham Lincoln With the voices of women echoing from the ranks of the entertainment industry and the chambers of Congress about the evils of sexual harassment, the jaw-dropping numbers of powerful men toppling from their pedestals and promises of severe consequences to perpetrators … Continue reading Will Corporate America Please Stand Up?

Coping With The Workplace Bully – Part 2

Bullies want to abuse you.
Instead of allowing that, you can use them as your personal motivators. 
Power up and let the bully eat your dust. ~ Nick Vujicic

The last two entries, Scoping Out the Political Landscape and Coping With The Workplace Bully - Part 1 of 2, addressed the related topics of workplace politics and bullying and focused on background and statistics on bullying as well as current efforts to eliminate bullying.  According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, here are a few more insights:

Coping With The Workplace Bully – Part 1

(Note: This two-part entry on bullying concludes my year-long series on job search skills and beginning a new job.)

Scoping Out the Political Landscape

 "Chess, insanity and politics have always been inextricably
connected." ~ Sarah Hurst

Political dynamics begin in infancy and continue to pre-school. They intensify in elementary, middle and high school (for students and faculty/staff), and flourish on the college campus (for students as well as faculty and staff), and in the workplace. Politics are an integral part of our civilization. Thus, it's the wise person who recognizes and deals with the various political landscapes of his or her life. And very often navigating political situations can resemble a Chess game. To be clear, I am not an expert Chess player, having only tried my hand at it once or twice in my youth; but I am an expert on office politics, having played that game for several decades! And, having watched a few Chess games in my time I do see the similarities between it and the game of politics.


Renew, Regroup, Reinvent


 “I was never surprised that they did not have a phoenix on display. There is only one phoenix at a time, of course, and while the Natural History Museum was filled with dead things, the phoenix is always alive.” ~ Neil Gaiman, Unnatural Creatures

“Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry. Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Just as the Phoenix of ancient mythology could be reborn, we humans love to reinvent ourselves -- in effect start over with a revised persona and fresh outlook -- whether rarely, occasionally or perpetually. Reinvention can either be desired or prompted because we are dissatisfied, bored or deeply concerned with a particular situation or our status in general.

How to Bond with Your Boss

Andy: She hates me, Nigel.
Nigel: And that's my problem because... Oh, wait. No, it's not my problem

Nigel: But we're not expected until Tuesday. Did she say why?
Andy: Yes. She explained every detail of her decision-making.
 And then we brushed each others' hair and gabbed about American Idol.
Nigel: I see your point.

~ The Devil Wears Prada

The key to a positive work experience is forging a great – or at least good -- relationship with your boss. That might be a challenge with some bosses (think Miranda in Devil); but when you're hired, this becomes your No. 1 Priority. For the time that you report to a particular manager, that person holds your career with the company in his or her hands. There are exceptions; but generally speaking, that’s the rule.