Author: Brandon Smith

“This is NOT the right corporate culture for me”

Ah, corporate cultures. We’ve all been there – stuck in a place that just wasn’t us. Whether it’s the overly bureaucratic company whose policies just drive us nuts or the small “mom & pop” family-owned company where we aren’t part of the family, company cultures can either make our lives wonderful or an absolute nightmare. So how about you? Are you stuck in a company culture that’s killing you slowly each and every day? And what can you do about it? This month, we will tackle this dysfunction: “This is NOT the right corporate culture for me.” Throughout the...

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Are you doing meaningful work?

If we were to be gut-level honest with ourselves, we would all say that we want to do meaningful work that we feel called to do. But how many of us can actually say that we have “meaningful” jobs? Before I go too much further, let me clarify “meaningful” as it relates to work. All jobs are meaningful – we could argue that if there wasn’t some purpose that needed to be met, that job just simply wouldn’t exist. However, not all jobs are, nor should they be, meaningful to you. Let me give you an example. Several years...

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Are you breaking the speed limit at work?

Do you know the speed limit at your organization? Did you even know there was one? Just to be clear, I’m not talking about driving your car through the company parking lot. I’m talking about the speed of change inside your organization. Let me share a brief story with you. I was having coffee with a friend of mine, “John” and he described how frustrated he was with the overall resistance to change at his new job. “They are in the dark ages when it comes to technology,” he said. “They just don’t seem to understand, or want to...

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What if help isn’t coming?

What if help isn’t coming? I would bet that you probably haven’t sat down and really asked yourself that question. If you are like the rest of us, you probably just assume “this can’t last forever.” But what if it can? What if help isn’t coming? – An important question to ask, particularly in light of the strain we are all feeling. Here’s a story that may illustrate this point all that much better. Alberto used to love his job. Alberto works for a large Fortune 500 company and was charged with doing strategic work for his department. He...

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Why “The Workplace Therapist”?

94,365 hours of our lives are spent working. Shouldn’t that time be well spent? The workplace has changed. Mantras such as “Do more with less,” “Today could be your last day,” and “Help is not coming,” permeate our workplaces like never before. Work relationships are more strained and more fleeting than at any time in recent history. Gone are the days of 40 year careers with one organization and gold watches at the end of the rainbow. It is now left up to us to define who we want to be, what difference we want to make with our...

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Therapist, professor, consultant and radio host, Brandon Smith brings an upbeat, witty approach to the challenges of workplace health and dysfunction. Read More »

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