What’s Your Aim?

aimgeraltpixabayWhere are you going? Without an aim, the steps you take can lack direction.

With an aim, your energy is focused, you know where you are going and your probability of success improves. Better to not leave things to chance. Set your sights on something and move towards it.

What is your aim for the month of June? For the remainder of the year?

 

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Bullies Have No Power Unless You Give Yours To Them

bullyKuriouspixabayDo you work with a bully? Bullies do not have real power – they depend on your fear, discomfort or belief in their power over you. If you give power to a bully, they usually run with it.

Stay aware that you have power and choice in any situation. Self-respect, staying calm and managing your emotions are powerful antidotes to a workplace bully.

Check out my animation on How To Deal With A Bully Boss! 

 

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Ten Ways To Balance Your Mind’s Unproductive Chatter

thinkinggeraltpixabay1. Set a strong intention to do this.

2. Observe yourself and identify some signs that indicate your mind is going too fast.

3. When you recognize that your mind is going too fast, STOP and assess what is happening.

4. Explore ways to calm your mind and try them out, one at a time, until you find the ones that work for you. (Examples: practicing mindfulness, meditation, breathing, changing your environment, creating or finding humor or something to smile about).

5. Allow your thoughts to pass through your mind and not stay there.

6. Cultivate your ability to live fully in the present moment. It will help you stay out of regret (the past) and anxiety (the future).

7. Find something to do to distract yourself when your mind is in overdrive. (Examples: journaling, listening to music, reading something enjoyable, seeking out fun)

8. Find something else to focus your mind on when you are over thinking something.

9. Get comfortable with silence. (Try creating 5 minutes of silence at the beginning or end of the day and gradually increase to 20 minutes.)

10. Pursue balance between your mind and emotions.

 

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The Mind’s Chatter

mindjohnhainpixabayWho is in charge – your mind or you? Often, your mind is a master in taking the lead. There are definite positives in that. However, staying centered among the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of your life has many more advantages. Allowing your mind to be a runaway train does not serve you.

What’s the nature of your mind’s chatter? Does it distract you? Cause worry or anxiety? Tell you false truths? Have you found ways to balance your mind’s chatter and maintain your center? In my next post, I’ll identify ten ways to balance your mind’s unproductive chatter.

 

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Quickenings

horseraceLiZardboypixabayA quickening is something that compels you to move faster. A quickening can be caused by many things – a person that challenges you, a sudden insight that motivates you, a disappointment that closes a door, an experience that compels you to move forward. You can say yes or no to a quickening. It is your choice. You can opt out of it or accept its challenge.

In my experience, quickenings are often positive occurrences even when they are uncomfortable at first. Have you experienced any quickenings in your life or career? How did they go? Learn to recognize quickenings and make the most of them.

 

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The Purpose And Passion Of Work

CALLINGSDave Isay, founder of Story Corps has a new book out titled: Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. The book tells stories of people who love their work and the paths they took to find it. I watched an interview with Dave Isay and saw some of the animations of individual stories and found all of it so confirming – that you can be happy in your work and that finding work you love transforms you in very positive ways.

Does your work have purpose and passion? Do you believe it is possible? What do you have to lose in taking a journey to find passion and purpose in your work? If you have found passion and purpose, tell your story to Story Corps!

What Do You Want?

wantedkazpixabayAs time goes by, you can get enveloped in the details of your work and career and what you want gets lost in the process. Don’t let that happen. You can be fulfilled and happy in your work and only you know what you need to be so.

If you had to pick three things you do not have now but that you want in your work, what would they be? What are you doing to make them happen?

 

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Will Hierarchies Begin To Fade?

participatemorguefileFor generations, many organizations have relied on hierarchical structures. Hierarchies arrange organizations in a linear fashion and according to their designations of relative importance. Authority is paramount. People are “over” others and ranked determinedly. Hierarchies create a level of order, but also are confining and can limit innovation.

A group named The Next System Project  has been looking at alternatives to current systems and recently sketched a model for a Participatory Workplace. Their concepts are quite a departure from hierarchical models, with democratically determined compensation and decision-making and emphasis on empowerment and engagement of all workers.

Changing workplace systems is no small undertaking. It is worthwhile to be aware of what new ideas are out there and also to look carefully at what type of organizational system you want to work within.

Change is all around us. My guess is that we may soon see hierarchical structures begin to fade as workers become more independent, we increase our focus on balance and technology empowers workers at all levels.

What do you think?

 

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Unexpected Turns

turnwoodpuncherpixabayFor many, it is preferable to know exactly where life is going. Predictability has its advantages. However, life does not always cooperate and you can find yourself experiencing unexpected turns. In your career, things can be going along smoothly and then your organization experiences a sudden downturn, for example. Or, you may change in an unexpected way and what you are doing is no longer a fit.

Unexpected turns ask you to come fully present to what is happening and chart a new course. They ask for your attention, courage, flexibility and intelligence, so that you can make them productive and meaningful for your life and career.

 

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So Much Is Changing

changepixabaySo much is changing. Looking at our Presidential election primaries in the US makes this very evident. The changes are not limited to politics however; change is all around us. For a moment, bring your focus on change to your managing – of your team or of yourself. The work world is comprised of multiple generations – each with their own identity; technology is advancing at warp speed; our very concept of work is being redefined; individuality and freedom are increasingly desired; collaboration is sometimes, the only successful path forward.

Are you keeping an eye on the changes affecting the world and your work? Are you going further and getting in front of them? The quality of your leadership relies on your ability to be ahead of change and to respond effectively to it.

What changes are asking for your attention now? How do you keep up with change?

 

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