10 Difficult Coworkers and How to Cope With Them !


Getting along with coworkers mostly means minding your own business, according to Geoffrey James, author of Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.

“However, there are some coworkers who need a little ‘handling,’” he explains. “It’s not difficult once you’ve spotted the behaviors.”

Here are 10 of the most difficult coworkers:

1. The Waffler
Wafflers study everything to death, always seeking that mythical single last bit of information that will make a decision into a no-brainer. If your project hinges on a waffler, establish a deadline, with a default if no course of action is chosen.

2. The Competitor
The competitor defines the world as a zero-sum game. He always must feel that he’s won and that someone else has lost. To deal with him, channel that competitiveness into helping his team win (and somebody else’s team lose).

3. The Dramatist
Dramatists (aka, drama queens) draw energy from the drama they create because it makes them the center of attention. Unfortunately, giving them attention only increases their appetite, so your best bet is to ignore the histrionics until they run out of steam.

4. The Iconoclast
Iconoclasts break even the most sensible rules (social and business rules alike), just to show that they can get away with it. To deal with iconoclasts, distance yourself from them as soon as possible, both socially and organizationally.

5. The Droner
Droners are always ready to give a presentation—usually one that everyone has heard before. To cope, try to avoid any meeting to which a droner has been invited. If that’s not possible, answer emails on your tablet or laptop under the guise of “taking notes.”

6. The Frenemy
The frenemy pretends to be your biggest cheerleader but subtly sabotages everything you do. Example: “You did so well in that meeting that almost nobody noticed the typos.” Best strategy: Cool the “friendship” and avoid them.

7. The Vampire
Workplace vampires suck all the energy out of the room by always having a reason that something won’t work. Just as traditional vampires avoid sunlight, workplace vampires avoid ridicule. Just say: “Oh, you’re just being negative.” Then move on.

8. The Parasite
Parasites wait to see what ideas become popular and then position themselves as the brains behind them. To thwart them, always keep an “audit trail” of your contributions to a project in the form of regular status reports.

9. The Genius
These are legends in their own minds who talk and talk about their accomplishments but never seem to get anything done. To work with them, lay out frequent (even daily) milestones, and complain loudly to the genius’s boss when deadlines are missed.

10. The Volcano
Volcanoes appear calm and cool but under the veneer is a roiling cauldron of anger and bitterness, which will eventually explode. Your best strategy: Be elsewhere when the volcano blows.

“Ultimately, the best way to look at irritating coworkers is with a sense of humor,” says James. “Especially since your coworkers probably think you’re pretty irritating sometimes, too.”

Adapted from Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know by Geoffrey James.

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About the Author:   Geoffrey James is a veteran business journalist who now writes a daily column for Inc.com. His latest book, Business Without the Bullsh*t, won the following praise from Publishers Weekly: “The author’s pithy and frank style matches his title…a quick, impactful primer for anyone wanting to be more effective on the job.”

For more information, please visit:   www.geoffreyjames.com.


Time Is a Hungry Beast: Six Tips on Making Your Fight Against the Clock a Little Easier !


Hoboken, NJ (June 2014)—We all know what it feels like to start the day knowing we won’t even come close to tackling all the tasks on our to-do list. Sure, you might be able to kick off the morning on the right foot by checking off a task or two. But you know it’s only a matter of time before meetings—some more necessary than others!—and other hiccups—employee questions, client calls, fires that need extinguishing—will pull you away from your agenda and make your productivity a wash.

How do we combat this? How can we boost our productivity when we’re barely able to stay afloat? The answer, says Andy Core, is actually quite simple.

“Having too many tasks and not enough time often causes people to lose focus and motivation and drift away from pursuing their highest priority work,” says Core, author of the new book Change Your Day, Not Your Life: A Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity, and the Art of Working Well (Wiley, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-118-81598-4, $23.00, www.andycore.com). “The amount of information that must be managed, the multiple responsibilities that must be juggled, and the high volume of decisions that must be made can and often do add up to an overwhelming tide that swamps willpower, the ability to concentrate, and, most of all, the ability to make reliable, high-quality decisions. However, making a few tweaks in your work day can make a huge difference.”

A credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, Core is the perfect coach to help you become what he calls a “Thriver”: someone who works hard, meets or exceeds expectations, and enjoys high levels of personal and professional success, accompanied by (and this is the best part) lower stress levels.

His book gives readers the tools to create precisely that type of life. It also includes a curriculum to help companies reengage employees, improve communication, retain talent, and boost innovation—all of which catapult overall profitability.

Here, Core provides six strategies to help you boost your productivity:

Stop having so many meetings. In a survey reported in Industry Week, 2,000 managers claimed that at least 30 percent of their time spent in meetings was a waste of time. Therefore, if you’re meeting once a day for an hour, you’re wasting an hour and a half of work every week. The solution? “Unless you’re really needed, don’t go,” Core advises. “Meet less often with fewer people. Limit your time and stick to it, and most importantly, have a clear goal for your meeting and strictly stay on topic.”

Answer your emails only two or three times a day. Do you find yourself clicking back and forth between your email and work tasks twenty-seven thousand times a day? If so, you’re not alone. You don’t want your email to pile up or for your colleagues to think you’re ignoring their emails, and while that’s understandable, it’s not productive.

“This is so important, because too often, we become slaves to our emails,” Core explains. “If I were to answer every email instantaneously, I’d literally be answering them all day. This would increase my stress levels and scatter my focus, causing me to get less done throughout the day. Plus, I’d be answering them so quickly that I’d do so without being mindful of what I was writing, causing me to reply in error or unnecessarily. Instead I have three periods during the day (right before lunch, 3:00 p.m., and right before I leave for the day) where I check my emails, and after the third period, I stop. Meaning that when I get home, I stay present and recharge my batteries.”

Get big things done before 9:00 a.m. (instead of snoozing, procrastinating, and lurking at the water cooler). Ever notice how your morning sets the tone for your whole day? As Sir Isaac Newton famously said, “Objects in motion tend to stay in motion.” So if an object (you) gets a groggy, frustrating start, you’ll probably feel sluggish and behind the eight-ball all day long. However, if you start your day with positive and productive ideas, actions, thoughts, and feelings, you’re likely to gain momentum throughout the day.

“Here’s an example of what I’m talking about,” Core recounts. “I know a top salesman named Barry whose daily pattern involves getting up early, exercising, eating breakfast, spending time with family, and accomplishing several meetings or other work activities before 9:00 a.m. By the time his colleagues are settling into the starting blocks, Barry has already blown through several important tasks on his to-do list, and he’s geared to continue that pace for the next several hours.

“The point here isn’t how early Barry’s alarm rings—it’s that he makes the most of the first several hours of his day instead of snoozing and procrastinating, as so many of us do,” Core notes. “The truth is this: What you do first matters. And since the sun will keep rising earlier and earlier for the next few months, this is the perfect time to kick off a new morning routine.”

Work in a quiet place. Working in an office can often feel like a mad house with your boss yelling for you to come see him, your cubicle mate making conversation, and everyone else having constant conversation, pulling your focus in many directions.

“Instead of battling this challenge every day, decide when you’re not going to be available for conversation unless absolutely necessary,” Core suggests. “Put headphones on, close your door, go to a coffee shop, or work from home. Do what it takes for you to not be distracted.”

Own up to your junk hours. “Junk hours” are a little like junk food: While they provide short-term pleasure, they contribute to long-term imbalance and exhaustion. For instance, junk hours might include chasing rabbit trails on the Internet, shooting the breeze with colleagues at the water cooler, checking email in order to avoid doing other work, or even attending an unnecessary meeting.

“In order to maximize each day, you need to own up to your junk hours,” Core instructs. “You need to identify when you’re going through the motions of work, versus when real work is being done. Don’t be ashamed that your junk hours exist, because everybody needs to take breaks and shift gears. Your task now is to exchange your low-value ‘junk’ activities for ones that build greater health and value into your workday.

“For instance, I know one woman who, instead of taking an endless string of coffee breaks, sets aside 20 minutes each afternoon to knit. I know another man who decided to spend his lunch hours either with friends or going to the gym, instead of trying to squeeze in more work around bites of a burger. In both instances, these scheduled breaks increased my friends’ energy levels and sense of well-being. They felt less of a need to take low-value breaks and began to experience more productivity. And yes, they began getting out of the office earlier, too.”

When you do check a box off your list, celebrate. It’s a given that you have a to-do list. Maybe it’s on paper, on your smartphone, or just in your head…but you have one. Whether it’s completing a PowerPoint presentation for your next pitch meeting, responding to a client about renewing his contract, or simply dropping your clothes off at the dry cleaners, take a little bit of time to celebrate checking a task off your list.

“By celebrating, I mean getting up, giving your brain a break, and refocusing your energy to get started on your next task,” Core advises. “There are lots of ways to do this: Taking a walk is perhaps the best way, but certainly getting up to stretch, cleaning off your desk, and reading something amusing are all great tactics to motivate you and keep the energy flowing.”

If you aren’t sure what will energize you, check out Core’s infographic to find out what does and doesn’t increase your productivity, work-life balance, and overall well-being.

“By making small changes in how you approach your day, you can begin to take back your to-do list and accomplish your goals more quickly,” Core concludes. “An increase in interruptions may actually cause a decrease in productivity, so do what you can to limit the number of disruptions in your day. I promise you’ll go home at night feeling less anxious and exhausted and arrive in the morning ready for the day.”

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About the Author:
Andy Core is the author of Change Your Day, Not Your Life: A Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity, and the Art of Working Well (Wiley, 2014, ISBN: 978-1-118-81598-4, $23.00, www.andycore.com). He is an award-winning lecturer, author, television host, and expert in human performance and motivation. Voted a 2012 Top5 Global Health/Healthcare Speaker by Speakers Platform, Andy has a master’s degree in the science of human performance and has spent the past 23 years mastering what it takes to become energized, healthy, motivated, and better equipped to thrive in today’s hectic society.

Andy travels throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe working with organizations that are dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of their people by improving their overall well-being.

He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his wife, Naomi, and their two children, Bella and Camille.

To learn more, please visit:  www.andycore.com.


Watch Softball 360 presented by ASA/USA Softball !


Check out the latest Episodes of the Softball 360 TV Show that ASA/USA has partnered with this season!

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EPISODE #1:   http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Softball/Resources/Softball-360/Episode-1

– Learn about ASA Softball Programs, and ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

– Stadium Power Tour Introduction

– Meet Venus Taylor, co-host of Softball 360 all summer

– ASA Super National Championship Preview

– USA Softball Athlete Challenge – Men’s Slow Pitch

EPISODE #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uv8I2nlY95M&feature=youtu.be
– USA Men’s Fast Pitch Selections
– Denny Crine- ASA Long Haul Bombers Tour
– ASA Spotlight Game – McQuades Promo
– USA Softball Athlete Challenge – Men’s Slow Pitch
– Corky’s Early Bird- Minnesota

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Demand drives push for new sports complex !

The Complex

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Construction of an amateur sports complex next to Bojangles Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte could start by the end of the year, officials said Thursday.

Huge demand in the $7 billion itinerant youth sports market is driving it.

The project comes with a $65 million price tag and includes a big field house, a 150 room hotel and remodeling Bojangles Coliseum.

“Anything from basketball to volleyball, to badminton to wrestling, dance, cheer, you name it,” said GoodSports Vice President Anthony Homer.

That’s Homer’s vision for the area. GoodSports is ready to spend about $40 million to make it happen. They operate four other sports complexes in other states.

“There’s a huge, pent up demand and it’s incredibly underserved,” Homer said.

Weekdays would be regular gym stuff for locals. Weekends would be money makers – like tournaments – with people driving from 100 miles away.

But it’s not just GoodSports putting up the cash.

The City of Charlotte, which owns Bojangles and Ovens Auditorium, would put in $25 million. Much of that would go toward building the field house and parking.

The area already has a big parking lot but about 500 additional spots would be added.

Officials say $12 million in hospitality taxes would renovate Bojangles, including roof repairs, new seating, scoreboard and electrical systems.

The goal is hosting some CIAA tournament games and housing CIAA headquarters. Tournament offices are moving to Charlotte in 2016.

“One of the potential sites is the office space,” said CRVA CEO Tom Murray at an economic development meeting about the project Thursday.

All this still needs council approval. That could happen this fall. If approved, construction a stone’s throw from Kaitlin Capelluti’s house could start before the end of the year and finish in 2016.

“I don’t think I’m going to benefit from it at all. If anything it’s just going to be more traffic in my neighborhood and the quiet neighborhood I moved into isn’t going to be a quiet neighborhood anymore,” she said.




‘Fields of Dreams’ Scores $2 Million In State Funding !


BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A mission by community and business leaders to build a sports park that caters to the needs of children with disabilities has hit a home run, scoring more than $2 million in funds from the state.

A mission by community and business leaders to build a sports park that caters to the needs of children with disabilities has hit a home run, scoring more than $2 million in funds from the state.

The group led by Brevard County Commissioner Robin Fisher has lobbied for more than two years to fund a 5-acre “Field of Dreams” sporting complex at West Melbourne Community Park, which is located outside of Fisher’s Commission District 1 in North Brevard County.

State Reps. Tom Goodson and Steve Crisafulli and Sen. Andy Gardiner were instrumental in getting the funding approved through the governor’s office, Fisher said Thursday.

The project also received widespread support from West Melbourne Mayor Hal Rose and City Manager Scott Morgan, the Economic Development Commission of the Space Coast, and the 14-member Field of Dreams Board of Directors and made up of parents of children with disabilities, parks and recreation officials, special needs service advocates, a lawyer, an accountant and other community leaders.

Robin Fisher

“I believe we achieve our best when we work collaboratively for the good of our entire community,” Fisher said.

“I knew in these tough economic times the city and county were going to have a difficult time funding this project by themselves. It makes me extremely satisfied to know that this park is being made possible by public/private partnerships and will help fill a gap for this special population.”

Brevard County has 108 parks to serve 550,000 residents. There are more than 87,000 adults and children with disabilities.

“As a county we’ve done a great job creating a world class parks system and, while they are ADA compliant, there isn’t one park in our system that is equipped to specifically address the needs of persons with disabilities,” Fisher said.

“The need to have a park of this type was brought to the board’s attention by Jim Tapp, who had been working on the concept for several years.”

Field of Dreams will cost an estimated $4.2 million, but much of the money is either in hand through corporate contributions or committed through private donors.

Field of Dreams is currently in the planning/permitting stages and, when built, will feature rubberized playing surfaces for baseball, soccer and basketball. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily.com)

The City of West Melbourne has a $50 per year 50-year lease on the property through the county, which also contributed funding for engineering survey work.

Field of Dreams is currently in the planning/permitting stages and, when built, will feature rubberized playing surfaces for baseball, soccer and basketball.

Fisher said he is appreciative of Commissioners Bolin Lewis, Nelson, and Anderson for supporting the sale of the park to the City of West Melbourne.

“Facilities will be designed to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility equipment used by these courageous athletes, most of whom have never had the opportunity to participate in organized sports before, and never been on a field before that was designed for them,” Fisher said.

A mission by community and business leaders to build a sports park that caters to the needs of children with disabilities has hit a home run, scoring more than $2 million in funds from the state.

As part of his efforts to gain State funding support, Fisher said he highlighted the mission and the statewide economic impact this community park will have.

“Based on other models around the country we expect to become a welcoming destination for families throughout the state,” Fisher said.

“Field of Dreams is a natural complement to Promise in Brevard less than two miles down the road. Promise in Brevard is Betsy Farmer’s dream becoming a reality, an all-inclusive residential/vocational training community providing independent living and on-site vocational training and job opportunities for individuals with varying levels of ability.

For more information on Field of Dreams, visit BrevardFieldofDreams.org