Corporate Contractors - Summer 2021 Newsletter

Can You Achieve Creativity On A Deadline? You can’t always wait for great ideas to find you. When you’re on a deadline, you’ve got to engage your creativity whether you feel inspired or not. Here are some tips for seeking out creative ideas and solutions when your time is tight: • Limit or eliminate distractions. Some interruptions are unavoidable, but when you need to solve a problem quickly, eliminate the possibility of irrelevant distractions. Put your phone on Airplane Mode, turn off your wi-fi, shut your door, work from home—do anything that helps you stay focused on your objective. • Take breaks. This may seem to contradict the advice above, but from time to time, take a few minutes to clear your head with some other activity. Go for a short walk, read something unrelated to your problem, or chat with a friend—whatever takes you away from the situation briefly. You’ll get some mental rest, which can help your mind come up with a solution when you return to work. • Put sound in the background. Studies show that a low level of noise is conducive to creative thought. Put on some low music or go to a quiet coffee shop. Avoid anything too loud or distracting, but give your mind some background noise to help you feel less isolated and more connected to the world around you. Overcome Failure With A Success Mindset Nobody wins all the time. Coming back from defeat takes the right attitude, but you can rise again if you keep this advice in mind when you’re down: • Pause and reflect. You might be tempted after a major failure to immediately forge ahead on a new project. Hold off for a while. Think about what happened—why you failed, what you could have done differently, and most important, how you feel about the experience. If you’re angry or depressed, you may not be ready to give your next project your best effort. Wait until you feel prepared to work hard again with a positive spirit and go-getter mindset. • Keep your perspective. Remember that every successful person has failed along the way. Learn what they did to come back stronger. Talk to people who can give you advice and support you without dragging you down. Focus on the future instead of the past. • Be persistent. “Never give up” isn’t always easy advice to take, but it’s the only way you’ll ever achieve your goals. Remember that you’re responsible for your own success—no one else—and refuse to give up that power to people or circumstances beyond your control. Once you’re ready, get started again and don’t quit. Yikes! Electric Eels Hunt In Packs Imagine fleeing from an electric eel. Pretty scary, right? Now imagine trying to escape a pack of them. The New York Times reports that scientists have discovered that eels, long considered to be loners of the deep, actually congregate in packs to hunt. The behavior was first observed in 2013, when a Brazilian diver exploring an Amazon waterway came upon a “writhing mass” of 100 or more eels ganging up to prey on a group of tetra fish. The eels nudged them into tight balls and then hit them with a series of synchronized shocks. The eels have been identified as the Volta electric eel, which can grow to eight feet long and deliver a shock of 860 volts. Ten of them working together can produce enough electricity to power 100 light bulbs. Researchers speculate that they coordinate their attacks by communicating with low-voltage discharges. SPEED BUMP Dave Coverly Remember These Tips To Succeed At Work Excelling at your job calls for more than just showing up on time and doing what your boss tells you. If you want to build a reputation as someone your organization can depend on, put these essential tactics to work: • Go beyond the bare minimum. Find out your organization’s goals, and devote yourself to supporting them with hard work and continuous development. • Act like a professional. No matter what your job is—janitor, CEO, or any position in between—take it seriously and do your best to succeed. Treat everyone with respect, whatever his or her job title. Put your organization’s goals at the top of your list. Being seen as a professional is a sure route to responsibility and advancement. • Show some initiative. Don’t wait for the boss to tell you do something. If you see a problem, fix it, or at least tell your manager what you’re planning to do. Suggest ideas for improvement, and volunteer for committees and task forces that will help your organization grow. • Get to know your manager. Find out what your boss’s goals are. Talk about how you can help him or her achieve their objectives. Pay attention to his or her management style so you can work together without effort. • Accept feedback respectfully. When a manager or co-worker criticizes your performance, take the feedback as a sign that he or she wants to help you improve. Don’t get mad and don’t ignore what you don’t want to hear. Accepting criticism gracefully shows that you’re committed to improvement and that you want to learn how to do your job better.