Burnout Is Real

By now, you’ve probably heard: burnout is real. A word and a concept that’s permeated our culture is now an official diagnosis according to the World Health Organization. The WHO added the diagnosis to its updated diagnostic manual (ICD-11) specifying ...

Ask A Coach: My “Guaranteed” Job Disappeared

I’ve been working at the same company for four years part-time while completing a graduate program with the expectation that after I graduated the company would hire me full-time. My manager just off-handedly (and pretty dismissively) let me know that ...

How To Know If You’re A High-Potential

You’ve probably heard the term high-potential, or HI PO, thrown around at your company when talking about compensation, or promotions, or when water cooler discussions turn to the topic of who senior management is putting on the fast track. Being ...

Habits To Get Ahead In Your Career

There’s no single magic recipe to a spectacular career, as much as we all wish there was. Even the best aptitude tests and leadership assessments can’t spit out your perfect job title, just like no one can promise you a ...

What To Do About A Boring Day At Work

Not every day is going to be exciting and challenging and motivating; some days might be tedious, and some days might be downright boring. That doesn’t mean you should fall into a Wikipedia black hole. (Did you know the phrase “French ...

Tips To Be A Successful New Manager

There are some who seek out power and responsibility, and some who have responsibility and power thrust upon them. Regardless of where on the spectrum you fall, as a new manager, there’s a lot to learn, new habits to build, ...

The Joy Of Inheriting Lousy Team Members

There are few things worse as the incumbent leader of a team than inheriting crappy team members because the leader before you had no spine. However you’ve found yourself in charge of people—whether you’ve gotten promoted or transferred within your ...

Stop Fixing Your Team’s Crappy Work

Delegating can be hard for even the strongest leaders, but it’s not the assignment of work that causes us to stumble most often. It’s practicing the art of the kickback. Let’s pretend for a moment that you’ve got the whole ...

Handling Conflict At Work

“Happy Work” is in our name, and we’ll still be some of the first people to tell you that your career doesn’t always come up roses. Work isn’t happy every day, and that’s OK! Sometimes it’s smelly, rotten, exhausting, boring, ...

Dealing With Defensiveness At Work

We’ve written a lot about feedback and how to be prepared that most of the time the person hearing the feedback — either inwardly or outwardly — will be defensive, maybe even very defensive. And that defensiveness can really affect ...

You Need To Update Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a tool that has made job searching and creating a professional network a lot easier, but it also has created a lot more stress. We tend to only think about our LinkedIn when we’re unhappy at work which ...