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Ways to reclaim your positive energy

Ways to reclaim your positive energy (Part 2 of 2)

How to turn negative situations into positive ones In this article, I will discuss how external deposits of energy can provide you with bounce-back energy. This forms part of the Positive Energy Canvas. A previous article on the Positive Energy Canvas focused on internal sources of positive energy as well as on caring for yourself. […]

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Ways to reclaim your positive energy (Part 1 of 2)

Is your well running dry? Do you experience being in a black hole? Do you need new energy? Completing this Positive Energy Canvas (click here for printable canvas) will help you to achieve positive energy results. Take time out on your own or with someone who you know well and complete Part 1 of this […]

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Seven steps to conquer burnout

In the previous articles on this topic, I have described the burnout phases as well as how to identify them. In this article, I suggest a seven-step process to cope with burnout. Step 1: Stop and take stock Look the Burnout Monster in the eye. If, after reading the previous articles, you have this nagging […]

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Burnt out @ work

In my previous articles, I have discussed three main areas of concern regarding burnout and the different phases of the burnout process. In this article, I will discuss how burnout manifests at work. The questionnaire below on how you experience your work environment will provide you with a quick reality check. Work-related symptoms Answer each […]

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Burnout: 10 phases and their symptoms

In my previous article, I discussed the three main areas of concern regarding burnout. In this article, I am dealing with the different phases of the burnout process and related symptoms. Next time, I will describe what happens during these phases at work and, lastly, in the fourth article, I will discuss a holistic approach […]

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Am I burnt out or just lazy?

Burn-out, as I understand it, is a condition resulting from stress over a long period of time. It is mostly work related and it happens specifically when you work with people or render a service to people. Red lights should go on when your capacity to work with people is dropping and your ability to […]

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How to manage my difficult boss

Few relationships in life can get as difficult as the relationship with your boss. Henry Cloud, author of The One-Life Solution, says there are two main reasons for this and you need to understand them. Reason 1: The boss has real power over you He/she can make demands on your two greatest resources: time and […]

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How much can you take before something gives way?

No matter how organised, balanced or disciplined you are, there will come times that you won’t be able to live a balanced life. Full stop. Work, family and life in general have seasons or periods of time when unusual demands are placed on you. Times of transition For new parents, the birth of a child is […]

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Do I care or do I manage?

Whether you are managing a company or a domestic worker, you sometimes need to stop and ask: Do I manage or do I care? After years of managing employee assistance programmes (counselling programmes) in companies, I have developed the following very simple model to help managers understand their role and set their boundaries. Do not […]

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Growing through organisational change

In this article, I will unpack how an organisation going through change can create a safety net for employees who have to risk letting go of their security and venture into the unknown. This net will help to prevent injuries and, more importantly, help people to grow through the experience. I will use the metaphor […]

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