The end of the year is such a mad scramble of work deadlines and holiday planning, it’s a wonder anyone even has time to make New Year’s resolutions.
But, if you can find a few minutes in between finalizing reports and wrapping gifts, the last days of December are an opportunity for reflection on the past year. What did you love — and hate — about your career in 2017? Now’s your chance to set yourself up for a better 2018.
In this week’s roundup, we look at how to polish up your resume for the coming year — plus, eight ways to be a better leader and 10 fantasies to let go of, before your new year starts in earnest.
“You can do more than add one or two bullet points to your resume when you give it a 2018 makeover,” Ryan writes. “You can put a tremendous amount of power and punch into your resume by adding a human voice.”
To accomplish that, she suggests doing a few things before you even open your resume for revision. (Example: “Think about your dream job.”)
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Kevin Eikenberry at his site: Eight Ways to Be a Better Leader in 2018
Few companies make significant investments in management training these days. Even if you’re lucky enough to have some guidance on that front, there’s a big difference between managing and leading.
Eikenberry offers some tips that will help you be a better leader, including:
More influence, less power. For far too long too many leaders have tried to play the power card as if it was the only card in their hand. There is an inherent power imbalance between you and those you lead, but there is far more to leadership than just using your power. Focus your development on being more influential; working on skills and relationships with individuals to create an environment where people choose to follow.
Marc Chernoff at Marc and Angel Hack Life: 10 Fantasies to Let Go of Before the New Year
What’s keeping you from achieving your dreams? If you’re like most people, the answer might be you.
Chernoff suggests letting go of the fantasies that prevent you from achieving success at work and in life. For example:
Let go of the fantasy that your biggest obstacle is outside yourself. – The biggest and most complex obstacle you will ever have to overcome is your mind. Truly, if you can overcome that, you can overcome anything. And by “overcoming,” I’m referring to the skill of mindfulness, and learning to effectively control your emotional responses to life’s unexpected challenges. Because most of our deepest pain comes from the way we respond, not the way life is.
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