How to Be Self-Confident in Your Workplace

Do you ever feel you're adding massive value to the business that you worked for but you don't feel confident in the workplace? Do you ever feel like you're never fully recognized for the results that you get? Instead, it's other people that get the recognition, the reward, the pay raise, and the promotions. The problem may have absolutely nothing to do with the quality and the quantity of your work, but everything to do with how you are perceived. Perception is a reality, and this is where you're judged by other people.

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Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.

Expat Leadership: Lessons All Professionals Can Learn from Hugely Successful Immigrant Women

3 things powerful immigrant professionals have in common that can propel any aspiring workplace ‘outsider’

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Branding and consumer product trends pundit Merilee Kern, MBA is a wellness industry veteran, health advocate and influential media voice. Her ground-breaking, award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” Smartphone APP for children, parents/caregivers, and educators (iTunes) is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids” (Amazon). She may be reached online at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

Streamline the Management of Your Small Business Online

No matter what kind of company you run or manage, a good portion of your organization is probably online. If you have files, accounts, passwords, calendars, or simply communicate online, you may begin to get bogged down in all the details. As the kids say—there's an app for that! You may be in the habit of writing everything down on a post-it, but there's a wide array of better ways to keep track of your data.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Sustainable Health at the Office

Staying healthy requires a good deal of motivation and commitment. But anyone who works in an office can tell you, maintaining a healthy diet and practicing wellness can be challenging, especially when generous co-workers bring in “goodies” like doughnuts and other tempting items to share with everyone.

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

The Gift We're Afraid to Ask For

A couple of weeks ago John, one of my all-time favorite clients, called me up almost in tears. John is a teddy bear of a guy, the size of a linebacker with a genius IQ. As a successful software engineer, he’s done well in his career so far, and yet his company just passed him over for the second promotion in a matter of months.

“They didn’t even interview me,” he told me.

I know his resume, and when he read me the job qualifications, it really did sound perfect for him.

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

The List That Can Change Your Life

Is this you?

  • I haven’t been happy at this for the past five or six years.
  • I didn’t really choose this career.
  • I don’t even know what I want to do.
  • Every time I think about leaving it, I feel guilty.
  • Shouldn’t I be grateful for what I have?

If you feel this way, you are not alone!

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

How to Know if Your Job Doesn't Fit

When you go to work do you feel constrained and uncomfortable? 

You know the feeling. It’s like pulling on a shirt or sweater that’s too small. You can’t wait to get it off, it’s driving you crazy. And it looked so good on the shelf!

That’s how it feels when you work for a company whose values don’t match yours.

In today’s economy, you may ignore the warning signs of a misfit. After all, it’s a job! You know how to do it, the pay is good, and so is the benefits package. You reassure yourself you just need to get to know them…

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

How to Be More Engaged at Work

Here are four steps to feel more energized and satisfied on the job.

Are you engaged at work?

If not, don’t worry—87 percent of people worldwide report not feeling engaged on the job. Many of us don’t expect work to be something we enjoy; it’s called work for a reason, right? We feel it is normal to “check out” during the day and head home without feeling fulfilled or accomplished.

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

Are You Stuck?

  • Is your boss grumpy or unappreciative?

  • Do you have a co-worker who takes credit for your ideas?

  • Is your company or industry in decline?

Most of us don’t do anything about situations like these because deep down we hope something will change.

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Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

Does the Shoe Fit?

Do you have a dream to make the world a better place? 

Build stronger neighborhoods, improve the educational system, change how we use energy, create access to capital for overlooked entrepreneurs, or shift consumption habits of everything from paper to potato chips?

Most people deep down want to see their work as contributing to a better world, even if that better world is making a living for their family, so kids can be healthier, better educated, and so on.

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About The Author

Elizabeth B. Crook's picture

Elizabeth B. Crook is CEO of Orchard Advisors. For over twenty years, she has worked with CEO's and entrepreneurs to think and act strategically to grow their companies' bottom line and have more overall satisfaction. She has a gift for making sense of complex situations and mapping them so creative and practical approaches emerge. Clients speak of her insight, skill, authenticity, and willingness to ask the hard questions in a gentle way. 

She is also the bestselling author of Live Large: The Achiever’s Guide to What’s Next. Recent media features include ForbesFast CompanyDaily WorthPBS Next AvenueThrive Global, Conscious Company, and BetterBook Club.

A mother, grandmother, and ardent hiker, she lives on Music Row in Nashville. 

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10/28/2019
Do you ever feel you're adding massive value to the business that you worked for but you don't feel confident in the workplace? Do you ever feel like you're never fully recognized for the results... read more
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Overwhelmed man with head down on desk
02/11/2019
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12/10/2018
Here are four steps to feel more energized and satisfied on the job. Are you engaged at work? If not, don’t worry—87 percent of people worldwide report not feeling engaged on the job. Many... read more
11/26/2018
Is your boss grumpy or unappreciative? Do you have a co-worker who takes credit for your ideas? Is your company or industry in decline? Most of us don’t do anything... read more

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Close up of smiling confident woman in orange sweater.
10/28/2019
Do you ever feel you're adding massive value to the business that you worked for but you don't feel confident in the workplace? Do you ever feel like you're never fully recognized for the results... read more
Two women in hijab holding up posters of women.
10/21/2019
3 things powerful immigrant professionals have in common that can propel any aspiring workplace ‘outsider’ Being an outsider in the workplace is tough. Doubly so if you’re both a woman and an... read more
Exhausted man sleeping at his desk.
10/16/2019
No matter what kind of company you run or manage, a good portion of your organization is probably online. If you have files, accounts, passwords, calendars, or simply communicate online, you may... read more
Group of coworkers gathered around desk
07/11/2019
Staying healthy requires a good deal of motivation and commitment. But anyone who works in an office can tell you, maintaining a healthy diet and practicing wellness can be challenging, especially... read more
Happy woman in front of orange background presenting big red gift
04/29/2019
A couple of weeks ago John, one of my all-time favorite clients, called me up almost in tears. John is a teddy bear of a guy, the size of a linebacker with a genius IQ. As a successful... read more
Albino rat escaping from its cage
03/25/2019
Is this you? I haven’t been happy at this for the past five or six years. I didn’t really choose this career. I don’t even know what I want to do. Every time I think about leaving it, I... read more
Overwhelmed man with head down on desk
02/11/2019
When you go to work do you feel constrained and uncomfortable?  You know the feeling. It’s like pulling on a shirt or sweater that’s too small. You can’t wait to get it off, it’s... read more
Smiling man at desk at work wit note on his forehead - BE HAPPY
12/10/2018
Here are four steps to feel more energized and satisfied on the job. Are you engaged at work? If not, don’t worry—87 percent of people worldwide report not feeling engaged on the job. Many... read more
11/26/2018
Is your boss grumpy or unappreciative? Do you have a co-worker who takes credit for your ideas? Is your company or industry in decline? Most of us don’t do anything... read more

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