Yesterday marked the passing of motivational speaker extraordinaire Zig Ziglar at the age of 86 after a battle with pneumonia. In honor of the man who spent much of his life trying to improve people’s personal lives and careers, here are a few of his many memorable quotes:
“I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.”
“A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job.”
When new employees have trouble in the workplace, it is tempting to think the reason is because they lack the necessary skills. However, a survey by Washington, D.C.-based Leadership IQ shows this assumption oftentimes is wrong. According to managers who responded, only 11 percent felt lack of talent was the case. More common concerns were inability to accept feedback (26%), having a hard time controlling emotions (23%), and lack of motivation to succeed (17%).
Sure, you’re thankful that you have a job, but what about giving thanks for little things around the office that make life easier or put a smile on your face? Consider these 20 things for which to be thankful, and enjoy your holiday!
1. Copy machines (Anybody old enough to remember mimeographs?)
2. Excel’s AutoSum button
3. Water-cooler conversation
4. A boss with a sense of humor (or, alternately, your own ability to make light of situations)
5. That social co-worker who remembers birthdays and organizes Secret Santa exchanges
Want to make the workplace a little brighter? Celebrate World Kindness Week, which runs from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20. Chances are the smiles your actions bring to the faces of others will encourage them to make similar gestures. Here are a few to get started. Share your own ideas in the comments section below.
Even diligent employees who love their jobs have days when they find themselves bored. What can a worker do to break out of this temporary funk? Try one of these five boredom-busting ideas (and share your own in the comments section).
Switch around tasks.
If you usually file in the morning and enter data in the afternoon, try doing the opposite. Shaking up your routine may be enough to reinvigorate your brain.
When thinking about jobs, it becomes easy to get caught up in a numbers game. What is your salary? How many people are under you? How many square feet is your workspace? While these figures provide a convenient way to quantify achievement and compare oneself to others, they definitely do not tell the whole story.
Think your workplace is stressful? Perhaps no job is as difficult as being President of the United States (and no job as critical to perform well). In honor of Election Day, consider these words from former holders of the Oval Office the next time you’re in need of a boost:
"It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't." – Martin Van Buren
"An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory." – Millard Fillmore
"Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” – Abraham Lincoln
With November being a month known for counting one’s blessings and giving thanks, we asked people to tell us why they are thankful for their workplace’s administrative professional. Here are a few of the responses demonstrating the respect and appreciation others have for those who fulfill this vital role:
As the calendar turns to November, it can be tempting for job searchers to ease up on their efforts. They reason that potential employers will be too busy with holidays and end-of-the-year wrap-ups to focus on hiring so why not just wait until the new year to get a foot in the door.
When we first start out in our careers, most of us hope never to fail—and the most confident among us are sure we won’t. Of course, we all fail occasionally—perhaps even in a spectacular fashion. The important thing is how we recover from failure and what we learn from it.