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Let’s talk about the most unappreciated power to your leadership and productivity: rest. Yes, you heard right.

Leaders are not made for 24/7.

Ok then. What are you made for?

Perhaps you’re so full of energy and ideas and have a firm belief that more hours (at work) are better. Let me challenge that belief. Do you know why you believe more is better? Do you believe you achieve more in more time? Do you hold to the Silicon Valley paradigm that the office is the living room of the successful?

Science has debunked the myth that more work hours equal more productivity. In fact, there…


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A Building Blocks Schedule using the Tetris approach.

Tuesday morning. Monday was phenomenal. You got so much done. Tuesday is going to build on it. You head to the doctor. You managed to get that precious first appointment. You’ve set aside 30 minutes for that visit, but find yourself on the way home over 90 minutes later. Ugh. You had planned other things during that time.

Your schedule just got hijacked. What now?

Are you a planner? I am. Planning the next day is important. …


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As a coach, you have to wear many hats: Besides being the Chief Coach, you’re the Head of Marketing, Head of Sales, the Head of Finance (or your spouse is), and you are your own Executive Assistant.

Until your business has grown large enough to hire helpers, you have to juggle that yourself. …


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Have you had enough bad news yet? Here is some good news: If your income is affected already by the coronavirus, you are not out of options. These times sure aren’t easy. You may have been hit harder, faster, and need to bridge the income gap right now. Or you have been looking to transition careers for a while, and now your job is looking shaky. Whatever the case, your adaptability during this time matters. So does your engagement. Both will determine who will thrive and not just barely survive job-wise.

I have considered the options for these two scenarios:


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What do you see in your social feed: countless diet-fad ads? Or ‘gurus’ offering you help you achieve a breakthrough? Likely both, because that’s the season we’re in. What season? The season for goals and good intentions. The season for gurus to come out and make your life great again.

Why?

We want the year to be great. We have goals. And ‘gurus’ know this, so they release their books and courses.

We want to get in shape. We’re looking for a new job. We need better habits, more focus, more clients, more this, less that. You get the pattern.


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I love reading blogs. I hate most long-winded articles. That said, there are some brilliantly structured and well researched articles out there that make the reading worthwhile.

The problem is, those types of long-form, well-structured articles with heavy information/education value are unicorns.

Disclaimer: I am still a novice writer. I am observing. And I am writing this while I am refining my own voice and style.

The beaten path hasn’t worked for me because it doesn’t support my vision. I normally write about career topics and wantrepreneur topics.

Today, I am pondering ways to leave the beaten path of online…


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What is your overall job satisfaction? Does your career fit into the overall picture and plan of what you want in life and who you were made to be? If not, it begs the question:

What do you want in life?

I was shocked at how many people I have found who were unable to answer that question for themselves. If you are at a loss for words, you’re not alone.

The reason can be rooted in these areas:

  1. You don’t know the options available to you.
  2. You don’t know your limits.
  3. You lack boundaries (and focus).

Know Your Options

Not knowing the available options sounds almost too easy…


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You love the commute as a remote worker, but you dread the constant assumption of your in-office peers that you’re working in your undies while watching TV? You share this dilemma with your roughly 4 million fellow American remote workers.

Perception is a reality to the presumptuous critic. Even in a world with increasing demand and appreciation for remote work, we still have a huge gap in understanding and in skilled, experienced and effective virtual leaders and office workers.

Those gaps can impact your career unless you learn to manage your response to these challenges.

Manage Perception

You’re not physically visible, your…


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Have you been wanting to work from home (WFH) and become part of the growing crowd of digital nomads?

If you haven’t met a lot of people who WFH or have tried to land a remote job without success, don’t give up.

It’s not a secret society and it’s not fiction told in the news, either. Those jobs exist.

Before you set out to hunt for those virtual jobs, know what it requires of you. Contrary to common belief, not everyone is made for it and a smaller fraction is willing to be good at it.

Those who are willing…


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Ahh, Monday. You might feel due for a vacation. Wait — you just had one and already long for the next one!

If you’re the statistical American worker, you are overworked, your health is at risk and so is the elusive work-life balance. How can you escape the weekend-to-weekend hamster wheel? Is balance even possible with all the demands you face in life? It is, my friend. It is.

You’re worn out.

You never have any time for super exciting side projects.

You’re not reading the books you’ve bought. (There’s just not enough hours in the day!)

You’re dragging yourself…

Corinna Hagen

Goal digger, business writer, cat lover and design aficionado. Leadership Communication Coach and Talent Development Consultant at zaradigm.com.

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