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  • 3 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Conflict When Giving Feedback
    by Melody Wilding - August 9, 2019
    Does the thought of giving negative feedback to an employee make you want to call in sick? If so, a fear of conflict may get in your way. But you’re not doing anyone a favor by avoiding conflict. When problems go unaddressed or are swept under the rug, everyone suffers—including you. Avoiding conflict doesn’t just keep you from fulfilling your responsibilities, it also erodes your self-esteem. No one li...
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Career on Track During Life Crisis
    by Melody Wilding - August 2, 2019
    You’ve made your career a top priority. You strive for excellence and may have even made sacrifices to advance in the workplace. When life throws you a curveball, it can be challenging — and somewhat disorienting — to stay on track. Major life crises, like a family member being diagnosed with cancer, financial troubles or other life events can (rightfully) consume a lot of your time and attention. If yo...
  • How Scheduling Time to Worry Can Actually Benefit You
    by Melody Wilding - July 23, 2019
    Worrying all the time is a reality for many entrepreneurs. Long hours working alone, increased pressure to succeed and the rigorous demands of running a business often result in concerns that multiply and go unchecked. Whether it’s one or two big problems that nag at you consistently throughout the day or a host of little things that zip in and out of your head and break your concentration, there’s one simple...
  • 3 Assertive Communication Techniques to Earn the Respect You Deserve
    by Melody Wilding - July 10, 2019
    Aggressive people are hostile, adopting the “my way or the highway” stance. Passive people give up their power and are easily taken advantage of, which creates a surefire recipe for burnout and resentment. You want to be a happy medium—an assertive person and assertive communication. Assertive people seek out win-win scenarios and make their desires and beliefs known. Confident and assured, they approac...
  • What is a Sensitive Striver?
    by Melody Wilding - June 12, 2019
    A Sensitive Striver is a high achiever who is also more sensitive to their emotions, the world, and the behavior of those around them than most people. Sensitive Strivers are innately predisposed to process information more deeply than their less-sensitive peers. Because of this, they have a heightened stress response. They are highly attuned to their own emotions and the emotions of others. They can pick up on subtle chang...
  • 5 Steps to Stay Sane When Launching a Side Hustle
    by Melody Wilding - May 22, 2019
    Slash careerists, moonlighting, freelancing. TThere are many terms for working extra jobs, but no matter what you call it, more than 44 million people have side hustles. Millennials aren’t the only ones creating new sources of income while holding down a day job. Baby boomers are cashing in on the trend as well. Soon-to-be-retirees out-earn Millennials when it comes to side hustle income, taking home an average of...
  • Please Stop Telling Me To Leave My Comfort Zone
    by Melody Wilding - April 2, 2019
    Raise your hand if you’re sick of hearing that life begins at the edge of your comfort zone. I know I am. It is impossible to escape the gurus and influencers on social media who preach that choosing safety is self-sabotage. That without getting uncomfortable on a daily basis, I’ll never get anywhere in life, my lack of courage realized. “It’s never as scary as it looks,” the Stanford gra...
  • How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work
    by Melody Wilding - February 21, 2019
    Busy periods are inevitable at any job. While stress can be manageable in the short term, if you don’t take steps to keep the pressure under control, it can lead to fatigue and burnout. Burnout refers to a collection of different physical, emotional, and mental reactions that occur in response to prolonged stress and overworking. Signs of burnout include: Physical symptoms such as exhaustion most of the time,...
  • Communicate Beautifully: How to Present Your Ideas Powerfully and Inspire Your Audience to Action
    by Melody Wilding - January 8, 2019
    A few weeks ago, I ran a reader survey. One of the top concerns I heard from my readers were fears about getting your ideas across clearly and powerfully. Many of you said you struggle with speaking up and communicating well. You said things like… “Clear, straightforward communication of ideas and information is a challenge for me.” “I’m growing into a leadership role and need to le...
  • New Year's Resolutions Don't Work. Try This Instead.
    by Melody Wilding - December 31, 2018
    January is right around the corner and right now you’re probably mapping out what you want to achieve in the year ahead. Whether you’re resolving to get a promotion, start on side projects you’ve put off, or finally making six-figures, one fact remains: change is hard. No where is this more apparent than in the high failure rate of New Year’s resolutions. Nearly one-half of Americans make New Year...