Hindsight is 2020: How to improve 2021 outcomes

by Marsha Petrie Sue

Webster’s Dictionary:
Hindsight is the ability to understand and realize something about an event after it has happened, although you did not understand or realize it at the time.

hindsight is 2020And that is exactly how we should treat last year. No matter what happened, take a deep breath and move forward. Hindsight gives us valuable lessons on how we handle life. The year 2020 was 365 days of learning and putting up with events that did not necessarily fit into our 2020 plan.

Champions of Change

by Marsha Petrie Sue

ChangeRalph Waldo Emerson used to greet old friends whom he hadn’t seen in a while with the following statement: “What has become clear to you since we last met?”

Interpreting this question confirms that through his communications, Mr. Emerson was not only a champion of change in his own existence, but was very interested in others’ capability to accept and move ahead positively. I believe he understood ‘clarity’ gives people a true competitive advantage.

Emotional Hijacking: How the Emotional Brain Supersedes Reality

by Marsha Petrie Sue

attachmentAnger. Rage. Fury. Wrath. Many people are angry with what is going on in the world. It doesn’t matter what side you are on, letting a situation hijack your thinking typically results in a poor outcome.  The emotional brain puts a cloak around reality.

We all know someone who gets overly emotional, or even fears getting on a plane. The person tenses up, hands turn clammy, and they become generally irritable simply by driving to the airport. Although this person may be the pillar of common sense in other situations, when they get on a plane they morph into a completely different person; almost a Jekyll and Hyde response.

Jobless: 8 Ideas for Your Next Step

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by Marsha Petrie Sue

Economic downturn, pandemic, and other factors have left many people jobless.  It doesn’t matter if you were laid off, furloughed, pink-slipped, given walking papers, displaced, Riffed (Reduction in Force) or discharged – you don’t have employment. So, what can be done?

  1. Most importantly, stay hopeful and positive. Keeping energy up provides the stamina to be focused.
  2. Be creative in putting together your resume. Adobe has several interesting templates. List the benefits of your skills, not just the features.

Virtual Negativity: How the new work setting can create poor outcomes

by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

In today’s virtual business environment, the focus must be on leveraging strengths while minimizing weaknesses. Poor attitudes and negativity seem to be driven by working from home, changed social contact, incomplete communication, and more.

virtualThis virtual setting creates stress, reduces loyalty, and erodes confidence. A positive focus creates strengths, recognizes problems, and addresses solutions.

Whether part of a team, a team lead, or the leader, consider taking the helm to help the group reverse virtual negativity. Here are some reminders:

STAYING UP IN DOWN TIMES

by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

downloadTimes are tough. The economy is down and unemployment is up. Trusting others is down, blaming is up. Optimistic outlooks are down and fear is up.

Staying up in down times requires a blend of energy, spirit, self-confidence, and humor. Perception must change and include a broader knowledge and more comprehensive view. What is your perspective of life and the world? Do your lenses and filters of life and the world include a wide-angle lens or do you use a microscope with a narrowed view?

Boredom Busters: Time is on your side – if you let it

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Staying at home? Bored? Why?  We wake up every day with a plan.  Here is what we have accomplished and found in the last week or so:

  • Clean closets and donate what you don’t use
  • Move furniture and kill the dust bunny’s
  • Sort the boxes of old pictures
  • Work outside and get your patio ready for summer
  • Call friends and relatives just to check in and say Hi
  • Handwrite a special note, put a stamp on it, and mail it! (no email!)
  • Check in with neighbors and see how they are doing

4 Tips to Keep Remote Employees Motivated and Engaged

Keep Remote Employees Motivated

by Marsha Petrie Sue, MBA

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, business is experiencing even more of a need to offer this work to their employees. What are you doing differently as a leader?

  1. Have the right equipment and physical setting with quiet privacy and minimize the distractions. Make sure your home office and your employees are equipped with high-quality webcams, monitors, and microphones to eliminate distractions.

Here is an Amazon link to equipment (and my favorite, the Logi Cam) – beware of availability and shipping time. https://www.amazon.com/s?i=aps&k=logi%20computer%20camera&ref=nb_sb_noss_1&url=search-alias%3Daps

  • Camera should be set up eye level
  • Pay attention to the lighting
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