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5 Enjoyable Weekend Habits That Set You Up for Success

Filed under: Good Habits, Strategy, Success, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance

Understandably, the weekend is a time when many workers focus on relaxation, family and fun. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that, but you can also think bigger. Instead of simply using the weekend for leisure time, there are things you can do ahead of time to help your next work week go more smoothly.

Unfortunately, we rarely appreciate the power habits can have in transforming our lives. Whether you’re new to habit-building or you’re an old hand, give these five weekend habits a try in order to set yourself up for a successful work week.

1. Get enough sleep.
Many times, we throw away our typical schedules on weekends – telling ourselves that staying out late or getting less sleep is “no problem” since it’s the weekend. But this habit sets you up for failure by making it hard to get up on schedule on Monday morning.

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Think Grammar Doesn’t Matter? It Could Be Holding You Back From a Promotion

Filed under: Career Advice, Cognitive Ability, Feedback, Insights, Uncategorized

Many people think that once they leave school, they don’t need to worry about grammar. In the real world, most people will just figure out what you mean … right?

Not quite. Turns out, quality writing can help you get ahead in your career — and poor writing can hold you back. So if you want to get ahead in the workplace, change careers, or find a job, then it’s time to dust off that dictionary, thumb through your thesaurus, and get a grip on grammar.

At Grammarly, we found some data to back this up. We studied 100 LinkedIn profiles of native English-speakers in the consumer packaged goods industry, and each of the professionals we looked at worked for no more than three employers over the first 10 years of their career. Half were promoted to director-level or above within those 10 years, and the other half were not.

We discovered a correlation between the number of grammar and spelling errors in a profile and the trajectory of that person’s career. Here are some of our study’s main takeaways:

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How to Deliver Bad News Like a Pro

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Career Advice, Goals, Good Habits, Uncategorized

As a leader, you need to be able to share both good news and bad news effectively. Unfortunately, sharing bad news about an employee’s performance is a major part of running a successful company. If you aren’t comfortable telling someone why you’re pulling them off a project, why they aren’t getting a raise this year, or why their position is being eliminated, the conversation will not go well.

You can’t allow under-performance to linger without getting the employee to supply an explanation and work on making a turnaround. Similarly, you can’t inform an employee that you’ve decided not to give him a raise just by not giving it to him. If you’re the type of CEO who lets things lie or can’t be direct, your team will not respect you as a leader. There’s no room to be meek–you need to make a decision and explain it effectively.

“You need to have the right energy going into something like this. If you’re coming from a place of frustration–which can happen, we’re only human–it will not be a constructive conversation,” Betty Thompson, chief personnel officer at Booz Allen Hamilton, tells Harvard Business Review. “You have to think: ‘What’s the best way for this person to hear the message?'”

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What Good Strategy Is — and Isn’t

Filed under: Insights, Productivity, Professional Development, Strategy, Uncategorized

I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but employing bad strategy masked as great strategy has to top the list. The pattern was quite simple — I would have a self-proclaimed brilliant revelation, chart a wildly ambitious new course, sell everyone on the vision while dismissing the naysayers, intentionally leave details fuzzy, make everyone else responsible for implementation, and criticize anyone who didn’t immediately fall in line.

Not surprisingly, that strategy didn’t work too well. In fact, it failed miserably, but it afforded me some hard-earned lessons along the way. Here’s what I found makes good strategy:

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