How to Handle a Co-worker’s Competitiveness

competeAuthor: Gloria Larson
Source: The Daily Muse

We’ve all been there: Your big idea’s stolen by a colleague at a meeting, or you were upstaged in front of the boss.

Competition happens in most work environments, whether friendly or intentional. People from different backgrounds are working closely, which can lead to great collaboration, but also to different opinions or outright competitiveness.

In the cases of an intentional co-worker who’s purposefully trying to drag you down, I’d recommend speaking to your manager (and here are tips on how to do that). But I also understand that’s not always the best move on your part.

Throughout my career, I’ve learned to use competition to my advantage.

Here are three tips for doing it:

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Be a Hardworking Employee Without Sacrificing Your Personal Life

worklifeAuthor: Abby Wolfe
Source: The Daily Muse

Let’s be real for a second. These days, many of us live in a world of excess, where more is definitely better. We heap our plates full with seconds when we’re already full, overstuff a drawer with t-shirts we’ll never wear again, and ensure that we own at least 20 mugs. (I know, I know—each of those mugs serves a very specific purpose.)

Often, we apply this “more is more” principle to our professional lives, too. Clocking in at the crack of dawn and logging off only when our eyelids can’t stay open anymore are often heralded as hallmarks of star employees.

But, I have news for you: This type of lifestyle is not necessary for success, growth, or job satisfaction. In fact, I’d argue that it can actually hurt you (but that’s a story for a different day).

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How Compassion Can Lead to Stronger Bonds at Work

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Authors: Monica C. Worline, Jane E. Dutton, Ashley E. Hardin
Source: Harvard Business Review

Connecting with others is at the heart of human nature. Recent research emphasizes that the power of connections can help us be creative, resilient, even live longer. But we can easily overlook the importance of these bonds. As popular writer and researcher Adam Grant has noted, the pressure of tight deadlines and the pace of technology mean that fewer Americans are finding friendship in the workplace. In fact, many of us are further disconnecting from the people we work with: we’re more stressed out than ever, and half of us regularly experience incivility in our jobs.

How can we create possibilities for connection in what is sometimes a hostile atmosphere? We believe there needs to be more compassion.

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How to Turn Rejection into Success When You’re on the Job Hunt

learningAuthor: Ashley Stahl
Source: Forbes

A few years ago a close friend of mine (we’ll call her Hayley) came to me one day in tears:

“I didn’t get it,” she wailed.

She was talking, of course, about the dream job interview, the pinnacle of her career, the chance-of-a-lifetime that she’d lost sleep over only the night before.

“Ok,” I said,“ So why didn’t they give it to you?” She stared at me in disbelief, clearly expecting me to embrace her and let her pour out her heart and frustrations, speculating who had got it over her.

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5 Habits to Ensure You Feel Successful

successAuthor: Nathan Tanner
Source: The Daily Muse

You know those days when you leave work feeling amazing, pumped that you were highly productive? On the flipside, I’m sure you have days that are just the opposite. Ones that leave you feeling frustrated, wondering whether you got anything done. What if there was a way to end every day knowing that it was successful?

Unfortunately, there’s no bulletproof formula to guarantee this, but there are certain practices you can follow that’ll help.

Here are five habits that, if practiced daily, can boost your success at work:

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First Job, First Mistakes, First Lessons

firstjobAuthor: Rucha Mukundan
Source: Women 2.0

First jobs are killer, good and bad.

When I got my first job four years ago, I did what I’d long done as a student: my homework. I interviewed everyone I respected about how to be a good worker, how to fit in, add value, etc. I got very good advice. “Work hard.” “Develop a good relationship with your boss.”

But, having never held a job, I didn’t know how to apply that advice. Plus, much of it seemed too subjective, too hard to pin down. Does work hard just mean put in long hours? Produce stellar results? Or both?

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What To Do If Your Career Plans Fall Through

what-to-do-when-your-career-plans-fall-throughAuthor: Michael Hoon
Source: The Job Network

Maybe you applied for your dream job and never heard back. Maybe you made it months into the process, and after 3 rounds of interviews finally received a rejection. Or maybe you got what you thought was the perfect job and then realized it’s not the career for you.

It’s tough to put everything you have into building a career and then have it not pan out. When your work life is out of balance, you’re in a vulnerable place, and that uncertainty can color all aspects of your life.

Here are a few actions you can take to dig yourself out of a career slump and get yourself going in the right direction.

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