5 Office Mistakes Costing Millennials the Promotion

Now that career-minded Millennials make up 50 percent of our workplace, it’s safe to assume (like every other generation to enter the work force) they’ll want to earn promotions as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we’re hearing across the board that a lot of Millennial workers aren’t promotion material, citing a lack of drive and professionalism. However, the real problem lies in a lack of Millennial understanding of the power of perception. In my experience, simple insights are all Millennials need to turn things around.

“People hear what they see.” –Doris Day


We know actions speak louder than words. What some Millennials don’t understand is certain actions at work give the perception they’re lazy and unskilled.

Let’s take a look at the most common mistakes Millennials make and how they get misperceived.

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How managers are misinterpreting Millennials’ approach to success in the workplace.

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Want to Be Smarter and More Emotionally Intelligent, and to Laugh More? Start Reading These 10 Writers Today

In turn, when we read work that affects us this way, it’s natural we want to share with others. Here are 10 writers I feel have made me smarter and more emotionally intelligent, and have provided great laughs. I read them every chance I get.

1. Isabelle Roughol

With a professional blogging platform that now boasts over one million users, LinkedIn is quickly changing the publishing world as we know it. Isabelle Roughol, an international editor for LinkedIn, demonstrates one reason why.

Roughol’s daily “Must Reads” column is concise, well-sourced, and very well written. She’s my go-to in the morning for catching up on the day’s most important news, even before The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal. A self-proclaimed Millennial, her sharp and humorous style is personable enough to speak to multiple generations.

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There are few pleasures in life that can top good reading. Through the written word we are informed, educated, entertained, inspired.

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Why Time Management Totally Backfires

You probably don’t need research to tell you that people are feeling more and more overwhelmed and overscheduled, but if anecdotal evidence isn’t enough to make this clear, studies do exist. Americans tell pollsters they struggle to find work-life balance and generally feel like they spend their days on a slightly too fast treadmill scurrying to catch up.

But no worries–this problem has an obvious solution, right? All we need is better time management–get more done, choose and batch tasks more wisely, keep tabs on our to-do list more carefully, etc.

That seems reasonable but it’s totally wrong, according to a fascinating article by business psychologist Tony Crabbe that appeared on Quartz recently. The in-depth piece looks at the history of the relationship between work and time (hint: we weren’t always so clock obsessed) and goes on to argue that, as we’ve misdiagnosed what ails us, the prescribed treatment–time management–is actually making our problems worse.

“Time management, we believe, is the solution to our busyness: if we could organize our time better, we’d be less overwhelmed, happier, and more effective. We are completely wrong on all three counts, and it’s damaging our lives and our careers,” Crabbe writes.

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Your efforts to streamline your day are probably just making you feel busier.

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8 Things Mentally Strong People Do Every Single Day

Just like people aren’t born with physical strength, no one is blessed with incredible mental strength at birth. Instead, mental strength is developed over time by individuals who choose to make personal development a priority.

In addition to avoiding the things that could hold them back, mentally strong people create healthy habits that assist them in growing stronger. Here are eight things mentally strong people do every day to strengthen their mental muscles:

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The choices you make every day can help you grow stronger and become better.

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5 Ways to Make an Amazing First Impression With Potential Clients

The first impression someone has of you can make or break the rest of the relationship.

In fact, studies have shown that people begin to judge others 1/10 of a second after meeting them. This reaction is usually not a conscious choice. It’s a trait left over in our DNA from our prehistoric days when judging someone new was a life-or-death decision.

Not only are first impressions important in your personal life, they’re even more important in your career. Many deals I’ve closed have come down to the sheer fact that people felt more comfortable with my team and me than they did with my competition.

Because first impressions play an important role in a new business relationship, I’ve studied top entrepreneurs and researched how people make judgments on first interactions. Below is a list of five things to do when meeting a potential client for the first time.

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Use these research-backed tips to make the best first impression in a new business relationship

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The 3-Step Plan to Accomplish More By Working Less

When you want to move up in the workplace, your first instinct might be to ask yourself, “What can I add to my plate to impress people and really prove my worth around here?”

That may seem like a smart question to ponder, but in my opinion, it’s not always the right question to start off with.

Instead, here’s a good place to start: “What can I subtract from my current workload so that I can clear away some muck, free up my time and energy, and start contributing at the highest possible level?”

In other words: “What should I be doing less of around here?”

After working as a psychologist and life coach for over 28 years–mentoring super-achievers across all kinds of industries–what I have observed, time and time again, is that the secret to success isn’t doing more. It’s doing less.

Here is a simple auditing exercise to help you critically examine your work week and decide which tasks to keep–and which you ought to delete.

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It’s time to critically examine what you actually do during the week.

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The Shockingly Simple Secret Behind Employee Motivation

Here’s the central law of employee motivation, of coaxing a great performance from your employees, day after day: Employees who are selected, oriented, and reinforced properly, and who are surrounded by peers of the same caliber, will thrive when given significant autonomy. Otherwise, they’ll wither.

There are dozens of studies to support this, inside and outside of business life.

The case for autonomy: just look in the mirror.

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The secret of coaxing great employee performance is just one sentence long.

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