The Employee’s Guide to the Golden Handcuffs

Do you know what handcuffs feel like? Your body’s constricted, uncomfortable, and it’s difficult to move. They are like the Halloween costume you could barely breathe in as a kid, but the difference is that you can’t easily take this off. Handcuffs are created to make you powerless and easily led. The corporate version of…

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How Tragedy is a Gift at the Office

My wife came home yesterday and said: Ben, have you seen the news? I hadn’t but my stomach turned as I saw the look on her face. It’s didn’t take long to find out what happened, and I was deeply saddened by the Boston Marathon bombings tragedy. My thoughts instantly went out to the victims…

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Proof of the Monster in Your Career (Blair Witch)

I used to think that following my dream and becoming a coach was impossible. I believed for the longest time that I’d never be able to make a living doing what I love. And in that moment, I was absolutely right. I had no idea what to do next or how to do it. I…

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How to Profit from Gambling with Your Career

It was my first trip to Vegas, and I didn’t have a game plan. I was going with a group of guys that included a few high rollers (of which I wasn’t one). In fact, I was attempting to go to Vegas on a budget. I thought that the whole point of going to Vegas…

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What Jabba the Hutt Taught Me about Work Burnout

Ever considered taking a promotion but were concerned it could lead to work burnout? The stakes are high. Maybe you’ve got an opportunity for advancement and a bigger salary, but it requires longer hours at the office and more time on the road? Maybe the job’s not really “you”? But how can you tell if…

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Job Burnout is the New Smoking

So what is it about job burnout that can kill you? I was recently on a flight sitting next to an executive for a top ranked healthcare company. We were having a nice conversation then she disclosed something that shocked me. She was 51 and had survived two heat attacks. She’d never smoked and didn’t…

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The Mystery of Your Merit Increase

Have you ever questioned why you didn’t receive your merit increase? Have you even questioned why you did? Even when the company has a tremendous year, and you’ve achieved your annual goals it can result in a 0% increase. Then sometimes you get a surprise 3% pop, when you didn’t expect it. The reality is…

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What Poison Ivy Teaches You about Work Burnout

You can learn a lot about work burnout from Poison Ivy. Recently. my neighbor pointed out the itch causing, 3-leaf plant at my daughter’s birthday party. I  acted surprised that it was there, but really I just was embarrassed that I hadn’t done anything about it yet. I’d seen it there before (I’m an Eagle…

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Why Burnout Should Alarm Executive Leaders

Let me share with you what happened when I started my job at the largest sporting goods retailer in the world. I took over a supply chain team just a few months before the largest sales day of the year…Black Friday. It’s called Black Friday because it’s traditionally the day that stores move into the…

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Do Mondays mean Losing Your Freedom?

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSometimes Monday’s can feel like going to prison. It’s like you’ve been on work-release all weekend, and now you’ve got to go back in. When boss comes banging on your door (cell) for last week’s report, it can be stressful and frustrating. When being “back in” get’s you down,…

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