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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Howto: Create Order from Chaos

This past Friday I got a dose of my own medicine...yes, it was painful...but VERY productive.

On Friday, my business partner (and husband) Rich and I left our offices in an effort to take a division of our business and get it organized. We did this by thinking strategically about where we wanted this division to go. The division was our Michelle Y. Drake brand...yep, that's my stuff.

We have been very blessed that there has been such a demand for the services and products that we are offering...but there is only so much time in the day...and this part of the business is so closely linked with me that we are limited to how much time I have to dedicate to each project that I am personally involved with. Now I share this with you so that you may have a peek into the process.

No matter what your job or life choices...if you are feeling overwhelmed and overcommitted you might want to try to step back like we did for our myd brand.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Howto: Know When It's Time to Leave Your Job

Demanding bosses, sneaky co-workers, boring repetitive work...it is no wonder that many people want to chuck their jobs!

What does someone feel just prior to handing in their resignation?


  1. I'm MAD!
  2. I'm Bored!
  3. I'm Afraid!
  4. I'm Smarter than MY BOSS!
  5. I'm Overwhelmed!
  6. My Voice is NOT HEARD!
What does it mean if we act on these emotions without examining the consequences...Possibly a worse situation than the one you are in. It could mean cold, hungry and out of work! It could mean a tarnished reputation in your field.

Now let's look at a strategic decision versus an emotional one. What can you do if you are feeling the above emotions and want to make a wise career move.


  1. Ask yourself WHY am I feeling these things!
  2. Be brave enough to be BRUTALLY HONEST about your role in your unhappiness
  3. Project what life would be like 1 week, 1 month and 1 year after a decision to stay and to leave
  4. Determine what changes need to be made...in YOURSELF and your WORKPLACE
  5. Communicate your concerns with your boss from a solutions oriented stance...not a problem oriented stance
  6. Create your plan to control what you can
  7. Decide what action should be taken after weighing all of the information
If you look at your situation strategically you will not have regret in your decision and will position yourself for a positive change in your work situation...if you stay or if you go!

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Howto: Get Over Feeling Overwhelmed at Work

Everyone feels overwhelmed at work every now and then.

However, if you are feeling overwhelmed at work most of the time consider the following perspectives and TAKE ACTION!


  1. Stop playing the victim! We may not always have control over our situation and circumstances but we ALWAYS have control over how we respond to them. Start to view yourself as a survivor...not a victim. You may be feeling that this is hard to do, every situation is different. Let me tell you a story of a young woman who was commuting to work on the subway in NYC one morning who was knocked out cold and dragged to an ally, beaten and left to die. That is a pretty extreme situation. She survived that attack, and 3 days later with broken ribs, a swollen, black and blue face but a spirit that would not be broken...she went back into work. Her choice was...I will not be controlled by my assailant a second time. She chose to be a survivor...not a victim. I know how hard it is to make that choice...I am that woman. So be brave in how you approach all situations in your life.
  2. Stand in your power! Feeling overwhelmed is always followed by a sense of powerlessness. Remember the value you bring to your work. Think about the skills that are necessary to complete your tasks. You have this job because someone believed in you and your talents. Take a deep breath and tell yourself how capable you are. Many of us beat oursleves up with negative chatter in our head. Take your power back from your own internal demons.
  3. Control what you can! In many circumstances there may be policies, rules, other's attitudes, and constraints that truly are out of your control. Focus on changing what you can control. Your own approach and attitude about your project is contagious. So make it a positive attitude that is catchy, not a negative one.
  4. Make a plan for change! Once you have identified what you need to change and have established that you have the power and control to make the change... you need a plan. It stops being bitching and moaning if you do something to improve your situation. So look at your circumstances with a strategic eye and develop some tactics to implement change.
  5. Just Do it! Enough said.

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