Explore the In-2-Me-I-C™ Journaling Framework

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Do you journal?

When I ask this question to my adult peers, I get a variety of answers, ranging from “No.” to “I have tried a few times, but I don’t keep it up.” The answer is typically followed by some intrinsic need to explain why they don’t have a disciplined journaling practice. I don’t know why people feel a need to explain themselves. Still, if they launch into an explanation, I suspect they have experienced enough of the benefits of journaling to want to do more but cannot sustain it.

There are many benefits of journaling, but four themes are predominant and…

Are you a problem solver? Here’s how to prove it.

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Every organization has problems they want to solve. And most knowledge workers claim to be critical thinkers. (So much so, the phrase “problem-solving skills” has become such a cliché that Monster.com says is one of the top 10 terms that “ruin a resume.”) Zety.com states, “employers are literally fighting for candidates with highly developed problem-solving skills.” So if you have it, it’s time to prove it.

How do you prove you have problem-solving skills?

Whether you are one of those who claims to be a problem-solver or not, this skill may be less obvious than you think. Perhaps this is because people report feeling they have to make…

How to elevate your personal role on a high performing team

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The Muppets were the most high-performing team in the history of pop-culture. The blend of characters created the kind of team we all dream of being part of. So what made them so magical and enduring? We often presume success is predicated on the leader of a team or the culture of the organization. Those are strong elements. But ultimately, it all comes down to the people on the team.

The 5 Key Areas to Excel as a Product Consultant or Product Coach

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There is a new acronym trending: VUCA. It stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity. VUCA perfectly describes our world, accelerated by the pandemic and a low-touch digital economy. The good news is, there is an answer. The antidote for ambiguity, when more things are unknown than known, is agility.

The antidote for ambiguity is agility.

If you are working with an organization that survived the early challenges of the pandemic, you experienced the ability to excel at change and competitively respond to the shifting marketplace. Organizations that thrive during uncertainty apply an unprecedented focus on delivering customer value and…

Intentionally diversify who is advising you

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Most of us have a group of people we look to for advice, unconsciously or intentionally, during times of crisis or critical decision making. Some of these people are in your personal circle, privy to your adulting challenges and values, who have offered their advice throughout your life. Some originate from your professional network, influencing your resume, career growth, and professional choices and aspirations. They may not have known it, but these people are your Personal Board of Directors.

You may have found that getting advice from these two different channels in your life served you well. However, you may…

This 3-step re-thinking cycle can lead to professional liberation

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I’m listening to (and reading) Adam Grant’s “Think Again” (yes, it is that good!). I was captivated throughout, but I hit re-wind when he used the phrase “identity foreclosure.”

I’m an un-proud participant of the foreclosure crash of the otherwise non-descript ’90s, and I may or may not have had more than one identity crisis… Do I resemble this remark? I listen carefully.

Grant’s voice continues in my ear, “identity foreclosure covers up an identity crisis but fails to cure it.” …

Practical tips to re-think your team culture

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A team working agreement is essentially a documented set of ground rules that a team creates to hold each other accountable to positive behaviors. It’s a common element of a team startup or launch, and strong teams often revisit their team norms. However, to help a group form quickly as a team or recover from a storm of change or disruption, it takes more than a shared understanding of expected behaviors. Read on to learn some unexpected elements to an effective team launch.

Google studied 180 of their teams to examine the elements of high-performing teams. Project Aristotle’s researchers proved…

FBI Hostage Negotiation Techniques applied to Stakeholder Management

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Erin slumped in her airline seat with a long sigh, resigned to a dismal future. She couldn’t help but reflect on the difference in how she currently felt compared to walking into the negotiations just a couple of hours ago. She was so confident! What went wrong? She had a long flight home to think about it — and how to explain to her boss how it all went sideways.

All too often, people rely on typical negotiation approaches, like going in high or using ultimatums, that work well in one set of circumstances…

A layman’s perspective on why we should be paying attention to blockchain technology

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The first thing Jenny remembers coming out of the fog is being wracked with excruciating abdominal pain, so intense she cannot catch her breath. Anxious faces are hovering, but all she can focus on is trying to breathe. The sharp, burning pain is wrapping and rippling across her upper abdomen and causes her to attempt to curl into a fetal position, but she is being held back. She’s aware of people and noise; she can hear loud voices, but the pain blocks her comprehension of the words. On her left, she sees hands with a syringe coming near an IV…

Lessons from KonMari, the Growth Mindset, and the Psychology of Patterns

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Rachel is a founder, a bringer of ideas, a bias-toward-action, err on the side of collaboration kind of gal. She’s started communities of practices, meditation groups, mentoring circles, and book clubs. She serves on conference boards. She speaks at conferences. She mentors others. Her philosophy is that opportunity drives opportunity.

But now, she’s tired. The kind of fatigue that sucks the energy out of the (virtual) room, that shows up in destructive self-talk, and that leads to long hours of escapism through novels or binge-watching Netflix. Despite her accomplishments, this was not the life she dreamed of.

Rachel is a…

Julee Everett

Writer, reader, observer. People enthusiast. Overdoes sunrises, never makes it to sunset, can’t pass up a good cup of coffee. Hails from the Gulf Coast, FL.

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