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I consider myself an ambivert, equal parts introvert and extrovert. Though this may sound ideal, having the best of both worlds, I also experience the drawbacks of both. I get that itch to be around people, as well as the social exhaustion from too much socializing. As the U.S. attempts to work their way towards the new normal and social engagement have increased, I am beginning to feel the effects of my introverted side. If you are anything like me when returning from a social engagement, you need recovery time. So for the morning’s quickie, I will provide my fellow introverted leaders four tips for dealing with social exhaustion. Quickie Round-Up What is social exhaustion? You may have read or heard terms such as social burnout, social exhaustion or even the introvert hangover. In essence, these terms are all the same, but what do they mean? In a recent article…

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic and having to balance home life and work simultaneously, leaders struggled to limit distractions. In 2019, Statista reported that workplace distractions involved where you worked as well as co-workers. In addition, personal distractions such as social media continue to be a deterrent when attempting to remain focused. I have a problem staying focused. So many things run through my head at any given moment that I keep a notepad at my desk to quickly jot down a thought and get back to whatever task I was working on. Even when I browse the web, I have multiple tabs open at once. As I’m typing this blog, I have a couple of screens open with Photoshop running, Chrome browser running, and OneNote as the program I use to write my drafts. So, needless to say, I understand how distractions can cause a person to get unfocused.…

Self assessments are a great way to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a leader. As I mentioned in a previous article understanding your strengths and weakness is critical to the success of a leader. Great leaders understand the importance of taking time to self-assess. Unfortunately, with our busy schedules, we seldom have the time to conduct a complete self-assessment. However, in today’s world of technology, leaders can choose from several quick and easy online self-assessments that are available from your phone or tablet. 16 Personalities may be one of the best! 16 Personalities self assessment According to their website, the 16 personalities model utilizes the acronym format introduced by Myers-Briggs for its simplicity and convenience, with an extra letter to accommodate five rather than four scales. Every person that I’ve recommended this personality test to is surprised at how accurate it is. The 16 Personalities website claims that over…

Why you need to center yourself? As leaders, we seldom have enough time to take a breath, relax and center ourselves. Maybe it’s because we think it takes days or even hours to clear our minds and refocus, but that’s not the case. My wife and I have recently been exploring Buddhism. We are not at the point where we are ready to give up all our worldly possessions and meditate longer than a few minutes a day, but we have been doing some preliminary reading on the topic. Despite our interest, we have failed to devote any significant amount of time to learn more about the subject. This lack of effort is mainly due to a lack of time between family and work. However, I recently discovered a podcast that I could fit into my busy schedule, called the Buddhist Bootcamp. The Buddhist Bootcamp is about a five-minute podcast that focuses…

How leaders can forget the importance of email etiquette You are fuming, and if you didn’t know better, you would think that your co-workers could see the smoke billowing from your ears. You’ve just finished reading an email from a partner organization that eloquently lays out how you and your organization are idiots. Of course, the individual wasn’t bold enough to flat out call you an idiot but instead utilized his or her written communication skills to manipulate the wording in such a way that anyone with half a brain could read in between the lines. At least that’s how you read the communication, and as a result, you are ready to give this individual an electronic piece of your mind, and you don’t care who the individual has cc’ed on the message. So you immediately press reply all and begin typing away. After an hour of research, quotations, reviewing…

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