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What If Your “Number” is One...

In one of the Just Whelmed Wee Weekly Workshops, I share with subscribers that they need to know what their “number” is – as far as how many tasks or people are the right number for staying “just whelmed.” One of the subscribers sent me this question: “What if your “number” is 1????  Recently, I devoted every single day to ONE task (until I completed it–well, for the most part, by the 3rd day, I had to move on to other things) and it was great.  I knew what I was supposed to be doing each day, I felt very accomplished...
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Is Overwhelm Part of Who You Are?

I think this is a question that many people have wondered.  Possibly you’ve thought, “Maybe I don’t have any choice.  Overwhelm is just who I am.”  One of our R & D team members said that was part of her story: Sometimes I wonder if the feeling of being overwhelmed is just part of who I am, as I seem to be able to carry the feeling through different life circumstances. Through high school and undergraduate years, I felt overwhelmed by wanting to do excellent work on all my assignments. I didn’t ever want to turn in work that wasn’t...
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Women As Leaders – Encouragement f...

How many times have you talked with a friend and said something like, “If more women were in charge, things would be different.” There are many alternatives to this particular statement, but I think we have ALL believed that women leaders wouldn’t get us into some of the crises that we have found ourselves in over the years – locally, nationally, and globally. We don’t know this for sure, but we do have a sneaking suspicion, don’t we? So…what do we need to do? We need to lead more. Although I could write pages on each of these,...
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Feeling Schizophrenic

One of the R & D team members says her story involves feeling schizophrenic.  I’m wondering who else can identify: I am a highly intelligent, self-motivated person who is getting the life sucked out of me because of the politics and bureaucracy that I spend my work day mired in. Further, my particular department makes decisions on a dime – which results in going in a different direction every time the President mentions she likes something – that becomes our new focus instead of making deliberate decisions that further our mission and would achieve...
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Who Wishes She Had a Supportive Supervis...

Someone, who asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, responded thusly when asked, ‘What one change would you make to allow for a peacefully productive work environment: “The change in my environment that would make me more peacefully productive would be to have a truly supportive supervisor that valued what I did.  I know I am dispensable to this person because she tried to dispense with my unit/function and move me to into a related but “lowly” role (where people start out in my occupation).  Thank God, the faculty and deans protested loud...
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Are Academic Women More or Less Overwhel...

Recently, I asked this question of about 200 academic women: What percentage of the women you know could use some help with being *just whelmed* (vs. overwhelmed or underwhelmed?  Feel free to offer some explanation along with your answer.  Note:  In this series of posts, I’ll offer some of their responses (and all will be offered anonymously, as requested).  Other posts on this blog will have the person’s name associated with her comments, but not this series. Among College of Extension female colleagues, almost all verbalize feelings of...

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