New Year’s Resolutions-Better Late than Never

One of my resolutions for 2010 is to not procrastinate.  Sadly, just thirteen days into the new year I’ve already realized that this may be more of a challenge than I thought.  That having been said, I was catching up on my blog reading today and I came across a great post by Annita Brazzes on her On the Job blog called  Eat Your Salad First and Other Career Strategies

On the subject of New Year’s resolutions Anita offers this sound advice:

The key is not being too ambitious. After all, most people are doing more work than ever, and you don’t need to add to the pressure. Don’t make such sweeping plans that you would have to clone yourself a dozen times in order to accomplish a goal. At the same time, don’t try to tackle too many things at one time.

To get us off to a good start, she suggests these five tips:

  1. Get more organized.
  2. Improve skills.
  3. Network.
  4. Focus on quality.  (My favorite)
  5. Take the high road.

Take a few minutes to check out Anita’s blog and get the detail of the five suggestions.  Meanwhile, I think I’ll go have some lettuce and an Almond Joy.  Then I’ll get back to reading the 8.117 posts sitting in my blog reader.

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5 Tips for Women to Become Leaders

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You may not be a member of the female persuasion, but chances are you know someone who is.  Here’s a link to an excellent article by Anita Bruzzese who writes regularly for Gannett.  She recently interviewed Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston, authors of How Remarkable Women Lead.

This is something all managers should know.  Not only can men apply the tips, with some minor modifications, to their own careers, but then can be used to mentor female staff and help them reach their goals, which is a win-win for you as well.

Here’s the “Reader’s Digest” version of the 5 traits shared by successful female leaders:

  1. They believe their jobs have meaning.
  2. They confront life in a constructive way.
  3. They work at building connections.
  4. They put aside their own fears to make things happen.
  5. They find the source of their energy.

Check out Anita’s post and you might decide to buy the book for yourself, for your female staff, or for anyone in your life who is looking to build their career.  While you’re on Anita’s site, be sure to check out her other excellent posts.

Doing a Personal SWOT Analsis

Anita Bruzzese has written a post called “Do People Draw a Blank When it Comes to Your Personal Brand?” at her 45 Things blog that made me stop and think.  Having worked in the corporate world in marketing and sales, I’ve often done SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analyses for various products and programs.  Anita quotes Catherine Kaputa, author of a new book, “The Female Brand: Using the Female Mindset to Succeed in Business.”

Kaputa suggests that we do a SWOT analysis of ourselves.  And, why not?  We all have personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in our personal life.  Identifying these things and writing them down as a basis for a personal plan makes perfect sense.

You and I have things that we’re good at and enjoy doing.  Those are our strengths.  Likewise, we have things that we’re not so good at.  Those are our weaknesses.

What opportunities are out there for us?  Spend some time looking at your opportunities and use your strengths to pursue them.

Threats are all around us.  Some of them we can do something about. Some, not so much.  But identifying the things that stand in our way is the first step to overcoming those threats, either by getting rid of them or learning to work around them.

As the famous “Serenity Prayer says, “God grant me the serenety to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”