How to be more organized (Part 1)

Organized people rule the world. Can you imagine a successful leader, CEO or a millionaire who is not organized? Well yes, they can be not organized but then they hire organized people to succeed. Either way, being organized will never make your life worse, only better. Unless, of course, you take it to extreme like…

How to Become More Confident

I used to have this problem – not being confident. In fact, I did not acknowledge that I was not confident but if there was a challenging situation, whether involving talking to a new person, introducing myself, presenting something at work or even speaking up – I would try to avoid it. And, if I…

Fighting Fears: Fear of Not Being Liked

One of the common fears that many of us share is the fear of not being liked. It is often irrational, not based on any signs/factors, or sometimes it is coming from one bad experience that we had few years or even decades ago.  Maybe you were not liked by peers during your childhood, and…

8 Tips to Stay Productive (and awake!)

I find Mondays and Tuesdays to be the hardest days of the week. Those are the days when I feel that I need more sleep, more weekend and generally not looking forward to work. However, these simple productivity tips help stay motivated, organised, and, well, awake. Please note: all of these tips, particularly ‘how to…

The secret to successful job hunting: Right Attitude

This summer I learned that I had to look for a new job. Simply put, my contract was ending and I needed to find a job as the contract won’t be extended for the reasons outside of my control (and it was totally unexpected). It was unexpected for many reasons, not just because of how…

How to make better decisions

How many good relationships could be saved, how many bad relationships could be avoided, how many mistakes could be prevented if we did only one thing, and one thing only – if we communicated instead of assuming things. Every bad decision that was made was made because we assumed certain things to be true without…

Building Basic Professional Skills – Continuation

This is the second part of the article on having basic professional skills before aiming for leadership positions. I will list more skills: Basic Professionalism Skills List Remain organized. At all times. This applies to everything from your cubical to the notes you take, your files (easy and fast to find anything), your email, and…

Building Basic Professional Skills – Boosting your personal brand

There are a lot of articles about building your professional brand and its importance. There are a lot of articles on leadership development. However, not many tell you that before aiming towards leadership positions, you need to have your basic professional skills developed. When I talk about basic professional skills, I mean professionalism. I mean…