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keynote speakerMove up or move out. When those two options appear to be the only ones, dissatisfaction grows and engagement suffers. In decades of studying careers around the globe, Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams, and Lynn Cowart have found that, in fact, there are more options. And rethinking career mobility can lead you to them!

Career mobility isn’t just about moving to a new city or country. It’s about stretching, learning, and transforming. Whether you’re working on your own career or you’re a manager, a mentor, or a coach helping others, Up Is Not the Only Way offers you six ways to build successful mobile careers.

Learn more here.

From the UN Women website: UN Women is the global champion for gender equality, working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. We are trusted partners for advocates and decision-makers from all walks of life, and a leader in the effort to achieve gender equality.

This website is up-to-date with news about women from around the world and resources to help girls and women thrive!  Learn more at http://www.unwomen.org.

standingup“All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl” — we’ve all heard this saying. What it doesn’t tell you is that with all work and no play, Jill is going to have more problems than just being dull.

Overworking can lead to health problems, relationship failings and depression. Simply put, too much work leads to a condition called burnout. Burnout is when constant stressors eventually lead to emotional, mental and physical exhaustion. When unmanaged, burnout can and will begin to harm relationships, cause illness and worsen your overall quality of life.

How can you avoid this trap of the employment industry that many workers seem to fall into? In this article, you will find ways to catch burnout before it becomes detrimental and strategies to help you reverse it.

Here are some signs that you are working too hard and that burnout may be on its way:

Exhaustion

One of the most tell-tale signs of burnout is feeling constantly tired or just not having the energy to do your daily activities. This can also mean emotional or mental exhaustion. If you have the feeling of being drained every single day, you may be feeling burnout.

Insomnia

Even if you have exhaustion and feel extremely tired when you go to bed, sometimes you might have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. This is a result of overwork and might also be because you can’t stop thinking and stressing about work.

Frustration

Getting frustrated easily and giving up quickly is a sign that you are overworking yourself. You may also begin to get angry at small things and feel irritable on a regular basis. These feelings often lead to overall pessimism and being overwhelmed with negative thoughts.

Isolation

Burnout often hurts relationships. If you find yourself not wanting to be around friends and family or avoiding social interaction, you’re displaying a serious sign of overworking. You may begin to feel detached or feel as though anybody you speak to is slowing you down. If left unhandled, this type of behavior can ruin relationships and cause even more problems.

Poor Performance

If you are starting to burn out, you may begin to notice that your work is subpar. This is mostly because overworking causes you to lose productivity and fail to finish projects. You may find yourself buried in a growing to-do list and feel like you cannot get ahead of the work.

How to Recover

If you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms of burnout, you must take action immediately before it gets any worse. Here are some ways you can reverse and prevent burnout:

Take a Vacation

The most obvious way to avoid burnout is to take a vacation! Even if you can only afford to take a long weekend away, this is important to do. A vacation is a great time to step away from the stressors of work, spend time with family and friends and rejuvenate your mind and body before returning to work.

According to one study, women who take a regular vacation have a 50 percent lower risk of heart attack. Of course, that’s not the only benefit. If you can’t afford to actually go somewhere, just take a few days off and spend them at home relaxing. You deserve it.

Make Your Health a Priority

Often, burnout can lead to health problems and illness. Make sure you are drinking a lot of water, getting enough sleep and eating healthy to keep your body in shape. Staying healthy will help your mind combat the stresses of work and avoid burnout.

Disconnect

Work often follows us home, which is a huge cause of burnout. Set aside time each day to turn off the cellphone, tablet and computer and focus on spending time with those around you. Nobody will mind if you answer their email in an hour instead of the minute after you receive it. (And if they do, they’re probably suffering from burnout too.)

Pick up a Hobby

Find a hobby or interest that you enjoy and can do outside of work. This will give you something to focus on when you aren’t at work so that you won’t constantly think about what’s waiting for you at the office. Extra bonus if this hobby is something you can do with friends!

Now that you know how to spot burnout and how to combat it, make sure you are paying attention to yourself and not allowing work to consume you. Work may be important, but your health and happiness should be the first priority.

Guest post by Savannah Hemmings.

teamsWe use the word team so often that it has almost become a garbage can word. Everything is a team. We have our department team, our sales team, our whole company is called a team, and we have even called the guys who meet every Friday night a team. Because we use the word so frequently, we think we know how to work effectively with teams. Unfortunately we do not.

Teams are complex dynamic systems that face many challenges. In fact 60% fail to reach their potential. Listed below are 8 of the most common reasons teams fail based on our experience and research.

  1. Lack of clear purpose and goals

Without clear purpose and goals, the team will falter. Not knowing what to accomplish and why it is important is a major reason for lack of performance

  1. Unsure of what requires a team effort

Not every decision or action requires a team; some are best accomplished by individuals. Team action is required when the result calls for multiple skills and perspectives and for a common goal.

  1. Lack of accountability

The very definition of a team is one where mutual accountability for outcomes is a given. Effective teams hold themselves and each other accountable for commitments made and results.

  1. Lack of effective or shared Leadership

Applying leader behaviors that do not meet the developmental level of the team impacts both productivity and morale. Every team needs a leader, but as the team develops leadership needs to be shared. You will never have a high performing team if the leader does not give up control.

  1. Lack of trust among team members

Teams are trust- based systems. The lack of trust leads to poor communication and withholding of information, which is a barrier to relationships and innovation.

  1. Inability to deal with conflict.

Not dealing with conflict will cause productivity and morale to come to a standstill or worse. Rather than being seen as differences, it can become a struggle for control. If dealt with correctly can be the source of innovation and deepened relationships.

  1. Ineffective problem-solving skills

The strength of the team lies in its ability to creatively and effectively deal with challenges. Without this skill set (which thrives on different perspectives), it will not reach high performance.

  1. Lack of focus on creativity and excellence.

Creativity and excellence cannot be taken for granted but ideally written right into the values and norms of the team. Continual improvement is applauded and honored. Team members should be allowed to take calculated risks. If mistakes occur, they are treated as learning opportunities

Overcoming these challenges is not easy but doable. Teams are a powerful vehicle to produce results and build morale. When managed effectively, they can outperform any group of individuals and do more to unleash creativity and build skills than individuals working alone.

“Leadership and authority are not the same thing …Authority goes in the direction that’s already in the book; the path that has been clearly trod before now, the way that is safe and sure, clear and certain, obedient and approved, applauded and rewarded. Leadership, on the other hand, rewrites the book. It takes the direction that leads only to the promise of a better tomorrow for everyone however difficult it may be to achieve it now.”   From NCR- Wanted; Women of Spirit  in our own time. Sister Joan Chittister, OSB