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4 ways to climb out of a rut

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Stop engaging in the same practices day in and day out. Doing so can result in a professional slump. If you’re feeling stagnant and in need of a shift, apply these four tips:

  1. Don’t attend meetings first thing. As you get ready for work and start your commute, mentally prepare for your day. Don’t allow a meeting to deflate your motivation; power through and refuse early meetings. Harness your enthusiasm and productivity and tackle your task list first thing.
  2. Encourage employees to question you. Cultivate an atmosphere where it’s OK to respectfully challenge you. Empower your team to speak up and discuss organizational issues. You’ll do well to have someone to debate with.
  3. Step outside your industry. Freshen up your leadership skills by shadowing a successful leader in another industry. You can gain new perspectives to apply to your position.
  4. Volunteer. Use your talents to give back. Helping others is naturally uplifting and causes you to step outside of your normal day-to-day functions while still using your professional skills. Serving can inspire you in all aspects of your life.

— Adapted from “Can Skipping a Meeting Make You a Better Leader?” Ilya Pozin, www.LinkedIn.com.

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