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Thought of the Week 10/09/17

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Personal Development Series


Right, Wrong or Different

It can be hard to evaluate our personal beliefs or behaviors in the context of a new reality and recognize the nuances of a situation.  It's often easier to defend our ideas rather than to question them and, possibly, be forced to change ourselves as a result.

The attached article shows how moving beyond judgments can help us find more in common with those who we may consider to be different.

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 Owning Your Growth

Embarassed to Empowered:  Owning Your Growth

How often do you pay attention to your inner voice?  Hopefully you listen when your inner voice is an affiming and encouraging one.  However, it's also important to listen to your inner voice when it's a cautionary or teaching one.

The attached article addresses the transition from feeling embarassed to empowered about a personal growth opportunity.

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The Informal 360

Most performance reviews are limited to feedback between a supervisor and an employee.  While this type of feedback is crucial for job success, feedback provided by a variety of people can be helpful for an employee's overall development.

The attached article introduces the informal 360 as a valuable tool for professional self-assessment and growth.

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Being a Social Media Role Model for Your Children

Like it or not, how people use social media can influence how others perceive them and their behavior.  Thus, parents should be aware that their online behavior sends a strong message as to what is appropriate and inappropriate for their children to be doing online.

The attached article reviews opportunities for parents to model productive social media behaviors for their children.

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Aftermath of a Disaster – How Can I Help
Disasters take many forms and can occur anywhere. The size and scope of disasters vary greatly, but most occur with limited or no warning. Even when a disaster does not occur in our immediate area, it can hit us in an emotional way and trigger our sense of compassion. It is instinct to want to help. Yet it is critical to respond in a way that will most effectively support the community in need. More...

Monitoring Children's News Exposure During and After a Disturbing, High-Profile Event
When a disturbing event erupts in the community, as one did this past weekend in the Charlottesville area, many of us find ourselves glued to broadcast and Internet news. More...

Taking Time Off Without Anxiety
Whether traveling or just taking a long weekend, occasional detachment from work is healthy and will make us more productive when we return. Read these tips to help you take vacation and detach from the workplace without anxiety about your job. More...

Optima EAP Employee Orientation
An overview of how Optima EAP works, and how you and your family can use it to remain happy, healthy and productive. Enjoy the information and reap the benefits of Optima EAP. More...