Archive | August, 2018

InBusiness Magazine Features Spectrum Brands’ Own

August 16, 2018


This month’s In Business magazine features Spectrum Brands’ own Patty Glines-Kotecki and her appearance at Madison’s CultureCon event. CultureCon is a two-day event “on a mission to impact the workplace by connecting humans to spread positive change around organizational culture.” Glines-Kotecki led a breakout session and shared her thoughts on managing change in the workplace.

“Patty Glines-Kotecki’s title with Spectrum Brands is Organizational Effectiveness Leader, but she’s a social scientist at heart. As such, she likens the 15,000-employee organization she works for to a laboratory.

During the recent CultureCon event at the Madison Concourse Hotel, she spoke on building a change-adept culture and, in so doing, offered lessons from a change manager. Her basic message is an oft-repeated one: change is inevitable. Are you ready to manage it, especially as it becomes more and more complex?

Another part of her message is that while change is inevitable, well-managed change is not. She offers a simple model for change management that is heavily dependent on continuous learning for managers, which might meet with more resistance than the actual change itself, and she offers ways to do battle with the inevitable barriers to change.”

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Why You Should Tell Everyone You Lost Your Job

August 14, 2018


You got laid off. The last thing you want to do is shout it from the rooftops. You’re hurt and stressed out no doubt. But seriously, it’s time to push your feelings aside and tell everyone–and I mean everyone–that you lost your job. Huh?

Let’s be honest: if you’re unemployed, you need help. And your network can give that to you. Friends, family, and strangers that you meet at industry events or connect with online are all potential job leads. When it comes down to it, you’ll probably be surprised how many people want to help.

Don’t turn down any opportunities. And treat them with the same professional manner in which you would treat a job interview. Come up with a bit of a revised elevator pitch that focuses on what you want to do next. Briefly mention the fact that you got laid off, but then move on to bigger and better things.

What do you miss about your old position that you’d like to pursue in a new position? What don’t you miss that may inspire you to pursue a different path? Are you taking a class or reading a book that is expanding your potential? Create a story surrounding your journey, one that will inspire others to help you. And remember the golden rule: be sure to return the favor in the future.

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How to Reenergize Yourself

August 9, 2018


We focus a lot of managing our time, but what about managing our energy? It’s no secret that you’re more productive during certain parts of the day. And that burning the wick at both ends affects your productivity–and your happiness. Here are a few ways you can manage your energy during the work week, and use your energy to your advantage:

  • Pay attention: When are you naturally most productive? If the answer is early in the morning, schedule your most important task for the day at that time. Save email checking or meetings for later in the day.
  • Get up earlier: This may sound counterintuitive at first. But having plenty of time in the morning can lead to a more restful day. An earlier wake up call might mean you have time to do something majorly beneficial such as working out, eating a healthy breakfast, making a lunch to-go, or spending some time with your family.
  • Reassess your (negative) habits: If you’re feeling burned out at the end of each day, get down to the root of the problem and make a change. Do you stay up too late watching TV? Do you depend too heavily on caffeine? Do you eat an unhealthy lunch or sugary snacks every afternoon?

These small changes can not only make you feel better, but can make you more productive. That means more time do the things you love, which is energizing in itself. And who doesn’t want that?

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Three Magic Tips to Help You Get Stuff Done

August 7, 2018


Is your to-do list growing instead of shrinking? Don’t you wish you could just make it *poof!* disappear? The reality is that we’ll never reach the bottom of our list–there will always be something else calling for our time. But surely your to-dos include a few items that have been holding space on your list for weeks, months, or even years. If you’re hoping to tackle those unavoidable big ticket items, there are a few strategies you can take to get stuff done:

  1. Break it down: Cut your to-do item in half, or even in thirds. Outline smaller steps that will help you reach the final goal. Pencil in a specific day and time for each step. Heck, you can even ask for help along the way. Don’t be above admitting when you need assistance.
  2. Clear your schedule: Something has been nagging at you for months? But you’ve been avoiding it at all costs? It’s probably because you knew it would take a lot of time. So commit one entire day to the task. When your mind can be completely focused on the task at hand, it will make it seem less overwhelming.
  3. Re-prioritize your list: We spend a majority of our time on urgent but unimportant tasks, like checking email. These kinds of tasks are easier to accomplish and make us feel like we made a dent in our list. Instead, tackle the items that will make the biggest impact in your life.

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How to Get Back on the (Career) Wagon

August 2, 2018


Missed out on a promotion? Didn’t land that job opportunity? Got laid off? It’s easy to feel angry, as if you were treated unfairly, that you’re unlucky, or like you’re not good enough. But letting your inner critic send you into a spiral of shame is completely unproductive. What can you do? Exactly. That’s exactly the question you need to ask yourself.

When things don’t go your way, there is only one thing you can do: focus on the things you can control. You can update your resume. You can apply for another job. You can ask for feedback. You can do your best until the next opportunity arises. What new goals can you pursue?

Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, focus on your strengths. Instead of focusing on what you did wrong, focus on what you did right. And what you’ve done right throughout your entire career. Surely this isn’t the first time you’ve had a setback. How did you overcome it last time?

The sooner you snap out of your negative mindset and shift into a positive one, the faster you can get back on track. You’ve got this!

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