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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS TO TAKE TO THE OFFICE

           NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS TO TAKE TO THE OFFICE
    GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- New year, same old work


pressures and problems?
    In today's economic climate, people buckling down to work after the holidays may feel that 1992 is coming in with batteries not included, according to Margot Robinson, a Greensboro, N.C. based management consultant and author.  The challenge of having to produce more with fewer people, the sense of decreased mobility and diminished options, and the pressure of intense competition are trends being carried into the new year.
    "For most people, the new year is a time for reassessment and revitalization," said Robinson, author of "Egos & Eggshells: The Complete Guide for Today's Supervisor."  "When we make resolutions, we tend to make them in areas in which we have some personal control -- health, lifestyle and habits.  It makes sense to look at our careers in the same way, to focus on what is in our personal power to change and improve."
    A New Year's resolution for more success and satisfaction on the job begins with a look at yourself, Robinson said, an honest inventory of what strengths and limitations you bring to work, and a strategy for recharging your own batteries.  Her recommendations include:
    -- Rediscover -- or redefine -- your purpose.  Under the pressure of day-to-day demands and distractions, it's easy to lose sight of why you are working and what you are striving for.  When you commit yourself to an all-encompassing purpose, your work becomes focussed and coherent. When you relate everything you do to your larger purpose, you experience new levels of energy and power.  Robinson suggests writing up your own mission statement and referring to it often.
    -- Learn to communicate effectively.  In any organization, there is no more urgent need than the need for clear communication -- with customers, suppliers, peers, managers and employees.  Make this the year you learn to really listen, to give feedback, to understand the impact of your own words on others, to move from vague signals to clear and specific messages, and to keep the lines of communication open.
    -- Make stress work for you.  Make 1992 the year you stop complaining about stress and start managing it.  Recognize that you have control over how you respond to stressful situations.  You don't have to blow up, stew in resentment or give yourself a tension headache or an ulcer or a drinking habit.  You can greatly reduce the negative stress in your life by developing realistic expectations of yourself and others, cultivating a self-disciplined approach to your work, staying in touch with your own feelings and changing energy levels, and building time for meditation, relaxation, celebration of success and laughter into every day.
    Egos & Eggshells, the title of Robinson's book, is a shorthand description of conditions the author sees in the workplace now.
    The easy-to-use guide, which will soon be in bookstores nationwide, is available through the publisher, Stanton & Harper Books, at 1-800-858-3864.
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    /CONTACT:  Margot Robinson, Margot Robinson & Associates, 919-275-2828/ CO:  Margot Robinson & Associates ST:  North Carolina IN: SU: FC -- NYCFNS8 -- 0802 12/10/91 07:18 EST
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