Celebrate What You’ve Done

Celebrate

As we are rapidly approaching 2016, let’s take a couple of minutes to think back over this past year.

In the end of year hustle and bustle to “just get it all done”, it SO EASY to lose (or gloss over!) all of the amazing things we accomplished this year.

Instead of checking emails or speed reading your favorite tech site during your lunch break (or that afternoon coffee break) – try and spend 15 minutes thinking about YOU:

  • What is the 1 thing you are most proud of that you accomplished this year?
  • What was your biggest surprise?
  • What is 1 area where you know you could do better in, but just haven’t hit your stride yet?

Allow yourself the chance to celebrate who you are and what you’ve done!

YOU DESERVE IT!

Finishing Out Strong

Finishing Out Strong

Do you remember back in January of 2015 when we asked you what 3 words you wanted to use to describe 2015?

I know January feels like FOREVER ago! As we are starting the process of wrapping up 2015, pull out (or think back!) to those three words.

How’d you do?

We’ve got a couple more weeks – what do you need to do to finish out this year strong?

Maybe there’s a conversation you’ve been putting off – prep for it and have it!

There is that ONE pile on your desk that you’ve been claiming your going to get to eventually – organize it!

Whatever that thing is that you’ve been putting off for the last week or two (….or three….) commit to doing it in the next week.

There is no reason to leave something hanging around from this year.

Commit. To. Doing…. That’s how we can continue to push ourselves to be better than we currently are!

How to Survive the Company Holiday Party

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 7.19.06 AMTHE HOLIDAY PARTY!!!!

Or.

The. Holiday. Party………………

Do the three words ‘company’ ‘holiday’ and ‘party’ in the same sentence make you break out in hives? Or do you look forward all year to being able to hang with your work friends in a pretty cool (or different) location?

Now that you’re here (and lookin’ mighty festive, I might add!) – now what? How do you survive (and thrive!) at your company holiday party? We’ve got some conversation starters, stoppers, and stallers to help!

Starters: Need a topic to talk about? People LOVE to talk about themselves. Try these questions!

Don’t know the person you’re talking to very well?

  • What are you doing for the holidays/new years?
  • We’re trying to figure out what to do for next year’s summer vacation – what’s your favorite vacation spot? Any recommendations?
  • I’m in-between books (or TV shows) – what have you been reading lately that you really like?
  • My cat has been CRAZY this time of year with all of the travel and work hours! Do you have any pets?

Worked with them on a few projects, but want to get to know them more?

  • The holidays are always when I start reflecting on the year – what is the coolest (most exciting / impactful / rewarding) thing you did this year?
  • I’m starting to marinate on what to have as my new year’s resolutions – what are thinking about putting on your resolutions list for this year?
  • What did you learn about yourself (workstyle /personal motivation / personality) this year that was most surprising?

Stoppers:

  • Politics: As the election is coming closer, the candidates (and some in particular!) are on everyone’s mind. While this can be quite the (maybe not so joyous) conversation starter we’d recommend steering clear of this one!
  • Religion: Most people believe something and most people don’t want to hear all about what everyone else believes. If you find yourself telling a story where religion is as essential part, make it approachable. There is a way to present what you believe while not sounding like it is your way or the high way.

Stallers: In the middle of a conversation that’s not going well? Try these!

  • Use the bathroom as your friend. Excuse yourself, head to the bathroom for a quick moment, and then rejoin a different group.
  • Use the dance floor as a distraction.
    • Love to dance? Use it as a way to get you and your friend out of the convo and onto boogying!
    • Don’t love to dance? Not a problem. You can always see who is across the dance floor and remember a topic you have to go to talk to them about!
  • “It was so great to meet you!” or “it was so great to see you again!” is a great line to insert in when you can feel a conversation starting to run dry.

We hope these help you survive (and thrive!) at your company’s holiday party.

Have an awesome time!

Holiday Gifts: The Struggle is Real

Holiday Gifts: The Struggle is Real

The holidays. A fabulous time of festivities, cheer, and well – holiday presents for your Direct Reports.

Shopping for your DR’s can be tricky. How do you get them something that shows you care and appreciate them, but not break the bank?

ESPECIALLY for those who you’ve worked with for a while (they do very much appreciate that Starbucks gift card, but really- 5 years in a row?!).

We put together a list of resources that should get your holiday-shopping juices flowing – organized by the types of personalities you work with.

Is their coveted desk display a signed John Elway picture? This sports lover would love an NFL blanket (it’s the best way to watch sports games at home):

http://www.fanatics.com/NFL_Blankets

Do they always give thoughtful but funky gifts for the Secret Santa at work? This place is great for the person who likes those things you can never find in the store:

http://www.uncommongoods.com

Do you feel like you’ve stepped into a Restoration Hardware catalog when you walk past their pod? For the decorator, this site could be a cool option:

https://shop.magnoliahomes.net/collections/decorate

Is their favorite out-of-work activity to head to the spa? Try candles with a totally different flare:

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/category/candles/home-candle.jsp#/

When they plan a happy hour, does it tend to ere on the side of a fun, relaxed wine bar? Why not get them what they love?

www.winelibrary.com

Do they come back from vaca pumped about their service trip they just went on? Try this website allows you to give money to a cause and then track the progress it is making:

https://www.globalgiving.org/gifts/

Check these out and see if you can find something interesting. And, be sure to let us in on your great holiday gift ideas too!