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Jan 1 2008   4:48PM GMT

Career horoscope: Virgo 2008

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Virgo, the maiden
Your 2008 keyword is change management

Virgo, your astrological position at work this year is that of project manager. Your sense of order, attention to detail and precise work habits make you the perfect person to keep projects focused so they come in on time. In 2008, a project that was undertaken some time ago will require your attention once again. This time around, you will make some changes in how work gets done.

Last year was filled with extra responsibilities. You may have been asked to pick up the slack when someone else stumbled or you may have been stressed out by things that were not in your control. Although you coped gracefully, you probably wish others would start to carry their own weight.

This year you discover you have the power to decide whether you should invest emotionally in a project — and you become pickier about how far you are willing to go to turn straw into gold. This is surprising for Virgo, for you are a perfectionist. Although at first it might seem to some that you are being “less than perfect,” stick to your guns. Others have become so used to your handling everything, that it will take time for them to adjust their steps now that you are changing the dance. Be diplomatic, but resist the temptation to jump in and rescue them.

Your success in 2008 depends upon your approach to learning new things. Remember when you were a kid and you learned to ride a bike? You didn’t care if you fell or got a little scraped up. You enjoyed every little bit of progress. The fun was in staying perfectly balanced a little longer each time. That attitude is what you need to recapture this year. Focus your attention on having fun and success will follow.

In 2008 your image will be important. What people perceive is what they believe — so as you step back to force others to step up, be aware of your appearance and manner. In order to remain credible, you need to look competent. Spend some guilt-free time and attention on maintaining appearances.

Your keyword this year is change management. By going with the flow a little more and rediscovering what makes work fun, you will help co-workers who are resistant to change. Lead them by example.

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