How Not To Lose Your Mind on a Conference Call

It seems as though the conference call is unavoidable in the modern office. Whether you’re presenting new ideas or troubleshooting an issue, there will likely be someone calling in. You may also find yourself calling in to meetings.

I spoke with my teammates, and we came up with a few things to consider in order to maximize the value you add to the call and not lose your mind! Read more on How Not To Lose Your Mind on a Conference Call…

Why “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Still Resonates

Recently, I’ve read a whole lot of classic self-help-style books: books on having hard conversations, on healthy teams, on influencing people, and the like. Most of them gave roughly the same advice, usually in listicle form: listen to people, think before you speak, be honest, etc.

King of the pop culture self-help books is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I can’t say that I expected much from the book that made “synergy” the cliché business buzzword of our time. I mean, it’s even got a classically clickbait-y title.
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The Benefits of Becoming an Early Riser

For the past few years, I have rarely woken up early unless I was required to do so. This doesn’t mean that I’ve been consistently late to early arrangements, just that I’ve given myself little time to prepare for the day. During my time in college, I would wake up an hour before my earliest class started, giving me just enough time to shower, eat, catch the next bus, and arrive in time for my professor to start lecturing. Read more on The Benefits of Becoming an Early Riser…

Three Ways to Cross-Examine Your Assumptions

Building software is hard. We struggle with asynchronous operations, distributed systems, and concurrency. When we are trying to figure out how to solve a given problem, we take an approach that is guided by a set of assumptions. These assumptions are critical tidbits of info that help blaze our trail toward making our plans a reality…

Until they don’t…’cause sometimes, they won’t. Sometimes, they guide us down the wrong path due to a flawed assumption along the way.
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My 5 Steps for Tackling Stress

Deadlines, miscommunication, conflict. Regardless of what our jobs, projects, or responsibilities may be, we all face these things during our careers. If not handled properly, the stress from these issues can expand to other areas of life, quickly becoming unmanageable.

That’s why it’s critical to learn how to manage stress. While I’m not an expert in the field, I have had some experience dealing with stress and have learned a few things along the way. I’d like to share some tips that I have found useful when dealing with stress in my life.
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You’re Not the Only Imposter at the Office: 6 Strategies for Dealing with Imposter Syndrome at Work

Do you ever get the feeling that you don’t have any business doing the job that you do? That everyone else knows exactly what to say, while you trip over your words like a toddler in clown shoes? Yeah. Me too.

I work at one of the most prestigious software consultancies in Michigan, building multi-platform applications that are in active use by people who seem pretty happy. We have a rigorous interview process. But most days, I feel like the hiring team must’ve been asleep on the job when they let me in. Read more on You’re Not the Only Imposter at the Office: 6 Strategies for Dealing with Imposter Syndrome at Work…

Three Reasons to Say No

We’ve all been there–a coworker, a friend, or an organization approaches you and asks if you can do something: “Can you host the XYZ meetup tonight?” You want to say, “Yes! of course!” because who doesn’t want to be helpful? But I know what you’re thinking… “Ugh, really, another thing? Fine, I’ll cancel going to my child’s performance tonight… I guess…”

Oftentimes, the best thing for everyone is to say “no.”

Image credit : Karen Gunton

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Hacking “Time Out” and Forcing Myself to Take a Break

I have a bad habit of banging my head against a problem instead of taking a step back to clear my thoughts. I’m a D on the DISC profile, and I blame that for my tendency to keep attacking a problem full-tilt rather than re-evaluating my approach.

Rationally, I’m well aware of the benefits of taking a break. But in the moment, I just want to keep going for that next dopamine kick that comes with each minor breakthrough. Never mind that if I took a break, I might see that my whole approach is flawed, because “slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” Or as I like to think of it, “slow is smart, smart is fast.”
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Seven Tips for Starting a New Job – A Quick Guide to Getting Settled

I joined Atomic about four months ago, and during that time, the office has also welcomed a new cohort of wonderful Accelerators and interns. Their excitement reminded me of all the great advice I’ve gotten about starting fresh from bosses, parents, mentors, and peers over the years.

I’ve been keeping a mental list of what has worked well for settling into my new role. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of a new work opportunity, whether it’s your first job or your fifth.
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