Thriving not Surviving

Strategies to go from merely surviving to THRIVING for women in STEM

Handing Off Tasks at Work

     It’s shocking how many people are experiencing overwhelm right now. WE have become a society of “busy” people. It’s almost like it’s a badge of honor to have too much on our plates at work. It’s not healthy so let’s look at how to hand of some of the tasks you are hanging onto.

     First let’s look at what makes good things to hand off. Some tasks are great to hand off and others are ones you need to keep, even if you don’t want them. The best tasks to delegate are ones that can be done effectively by someone else and will help the person grow. If you have someone newer on your team and they can compile the data for the monthly report, hand it over to them. It can give them insight into what’s happening on the project. If you have a new team member have them verify the status of subcontractor documentation to help them understand who is on the project and what the subs are...

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Mind Your Mindset

How do you look at your ability to handle problems, challenges, plan changes, or the unexpected? Do you see it as insurmountable or a hurdle you will get over? Do you get stuck in your feelings or do you get fired up to find a solution?

These are indicators of your mindset towards problems. They show you if you are inclined towards a fixed or a growth mindset. With a fixed mindset the belief is that it is what it is, and it can’t improve or get better. This is particularly true for skills, knowledge and abilities. A growth mindset sees the possibilities to learn more, grow and overcome challenges. As complex creatures we always have some of both in us. We may have a fixed mindset towards some things, like my ability to be an athlete, while having a growth mindset in other areas, like my ability to create a website.

With all the challenges facing us right now how we approach them will have a huge impact on the outcome. When we think of it as a problem to solve, we open our...

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