How do you handle surprises? Surprises show up at work and how you respond to them matters. Here are 5 ways to respond effectively to surprises:
1. Recognize that you are surprised and don’t react impulsively. Collect yourself before you respond.
2. Identify how you feel about the surprise. Is it good for you? Or bad?
3. Assess the best way to respond to the surprise.
4. Respond clearly and directly.
5. Pick up any pieces and move on.
Is there a place that you can “jump” to right now? An area to which you, or a team that you manage, can take a leap forward? Opportunities to jump are always in front of you. Sometimes you see them and sometimes you do not. When you see an opportunity, summon your courage, prepare and jump! You won’t regret it.
You are meant to be in action and that goes for your career as well. Not much gets done when you are at a standstill. Look around you, where do you see an opportunity to jump?
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It certainly is helpful to have allies in your work. You may have found some. You may also have learned some difficult lessons about perceived allies’ authenticity, hidden agendas and loyalty. What criteria do you use in considering whether someone is an ally at work? Your criteria should be well thought out and protective of your interests. If you consider someone an ally and they are not, they can do some real damage.
Your allies should be proven before you consider them so. Some people may be allies only in certain situations, usually because your self-interests align. Some people may be collaborators, yet not true allies.
Trust and loyalty are key ingredients in an alliance and must be maintained. Too much is at stake. Some say that trust and loyalty are not values that are honored in the workplace. They can be. Honoring these values and having true allies needs your constant assessment, as well as your emotional intelligence. When you do find true allies, you are a lucky one!
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Have you ever experienced a situation at work where your first instinct is incredulous at what has occurred? Trust that instinct. It behooves you to listen to it and listen well. There are many ways to erase a gut reaction. By letting a desire to avoid conflict or confrontation override your instinct. By feeling uncomfortable with your instinct and dismissing it. By letting another person overpower you. By not recognizing your instinctive reaction, because you are stressed or off your game. Or, by letting fear prevail.
Your gut reactions and first instincts are allies. Honor them and listen to them. They’ll guide you to where you want to be and to your best self.
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Sometimes, there is so much pressure and so little time that a day can turn you upside-down. It is hard to right yourself when this happens, but really, you have no choice but to do so. Let’s say you have a day of putting out fires, no time to do what you have to and stress through the roof. Towards the end of the day, you can’t find your bearings. What are you to do?
When you are turned upside-down you cannot function well. You first have to pull yourself out of the frenzied energy (however hard it may seem to do so) and settle yourself. It’s good to develop means to do this that work for you – getting out of your environment for a short time, breathing or journaling are a few ways. Then, you have to find a way to regroup and get started again in a productive manner.
When you are turned upside-down everything is in the wrong place. Find a way to right yourself again and all will be well.
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Inspiration is a catalyst to high performance and a fulfilling life. When you are inspired you are often at your best – you are “pumped”, engaged, enthusiastic and creative.
What is the source or sources of your inspiration? Here are some questions that may get you started:
• What is your favorite thing to do?
• What brings you joy?
• Can you recall a time when you were inspired?
Take a moment to answer these questions. Now, looking at your answers, identify what you think may be the source or sources of your inspiration.
When you know the source of your inspiration, you can use it to make your life better. It is the source of your creativity and unique voice in the world.
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Looking at the world today, safety is not a given anymore. As humans, we want safety even when we are seeking challenge and adventure (such as automatic activation devices on parachutes). The world is experiencing chaos and it is hard to know how to respond. Those upsetting the world right now are doing their best to instill fear and uncertainty, so that feelings of safety are gone.
What about safety at work? I am addressing psychological rather than physical safety here. Do you feel safe in your work? What does safety mean to you – security in your job, getting along with co-workers, confidence in your abilities?
Uncertainty and fear do show up at work. Accepting this, you can still create some safety by being aware of your organization or market’s culture and how you align with it, always having options, cultivating your emotional intelligence so that you can read people and situations and building up your courage to face whatever comes.
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What can you shift in your work that will give you a huge boost in your fulfillment and happiness? I hope that you are already working on making that shift. If you are not, go ahead and get started now. Here are some ways to get moving:
• Identify the shift you want to make.
• List the benefits you will gain by making the shift.
• Identify the practicalities of making the shift. What do you need in order to do it? What obstacles are in your way? What people and what support do you need to make it a reality?
• Set a plan to make the shift happen, including how you will do it, steps you will take, and deadlines.
• Create a “support plan” – how you will maintain your energy and commitment while you are making the shift happen.
It is within your capacity to change your life. Are you ready to shift?
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In nature, chaos and order coexist. Flow and structure can also coexist, if you manage them wisely. In our hierarchical systems, specific goals and corresponding measures tend to rule. At the same time, it is recognized that innovation flows from creativity and freedom.
How do you reconcile and balance these approaches? I have found that flow can exist within a flexible structure. Overall aims and goals are necessary, with deadlines. Once they are established, I move into flow, measuring productivity each day and progress towards goals. There is open space within each day for insights, new ideas and constructive collaboration. This requires a level of comfort with uncertainty, the ability to change course and letting go of limiting structures.
Do you lean more towards flow or structure? Do you see them as incompatible? How can you balance flow and structure for maximum productivity and the best results?
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When you fool yourself about something you are operating on a false premise, as well as wasting your time. There are many incentives to fool yourself: fearing the truth, not wanting to face something and move forward, avoiding finding answers or preferring fantasy to reality. You can fool yourself in many areas: how well you are performing, the true nature and values of your organization and co-workers, whether you are happy and fulfilled in your work or to what degree your work is respected and valued.
Is there anything you are fooling yourself about? Once you identify that you are, you have taken a big step. From there you can face the situation and find your way to something better.
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
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