Own Your Title

Regardless of your role in the organization, motivation comes from within yourself.

Pretend the company that employs you is yours. If you owned the company, how would this affect your decision making?  The goal of the “ownership mentality” is to make decisions as if you were the owner or president of the firm.

If you owned the company, would you be more conservative or more aggressive in your approach to your daily work flow?  Would you make different choices?  Would you feel more successful?

When you pretend you own the company, you become more invested in your work.  Common complaints seem less important.

Accept the challenge of ownership, no matter your title or role.  Consider decision making in a more strategic fashion.  What would be best for “your company” and “your team”?

Make the imperfect “perfect” to your eyes.  This can only build your reputation within the company.  Dress for mental success and you will stand out.

Practicing the ownership mentality and positioning yourself in your new role, even if it’s only in your thoughts, will reflect positively on your productivity.  Practicing strategic decision making will make you a better manager or leader.

So, what company do you “own”?



Preparing for a New Year

The New Year is here and promises many changes.  You can be, do, or have anything you choose.

Where do you see yourself professionally?  Identify the next step in your career.

  • Do you see yourself promoted? What would this mean to you?  Consider mapping out your career within your organization.  Will you receive a bonus or increase? Be sure to include a time frame.
  • Do you see yourself in a new job? If so, what steps do you need to take to prepare your resume and get ready for a transition?
  • Do you see starting a new business? Do you know what type?  Do you have funding and other resources in place?

Every step in a new direction needs a plan that is looked at and updated regularly.  Take the time to create a personal business plan outlining objectives and goals for the year.

Determine concrete steps for your new road and then take action.

This can be as simple as a phone call or Internet research.

A new year is a fresh start.  Make it a great one!

To your success in the New Year!

Dianne Gubin



Holiday Gift Ideas for the Office


The holidays create expectations and obligations.  We gift as a way to say thank you.

Within your office here are five tips to ease professional holiday gifts and stay within a budget.


  1. Recognize all holidays of the season including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
  2. Make sure no one is left out.  Create a department or office-wide gift exchange.
  3. Set a monetary cap on internal gift giving.
  4. Avoid alcohol and anything that could be offensive or suggestive.  Keep it simple and G rated.  Consider gift certificates.
  5. Consider supporting a charitable organization (or two) as a team.

Set the tone for the New Year.  Holidays are a great time to get to know your colleagues and managers in a personal way.


Holidays are a great time to bond and boost morale.