Mountains

mountainclimberunsplashSometimes, you have to do things that will not have an immediate result or where the end is not in sight. You move forward one step at a time and face whatever comes. It is like climbing a mountain. It asks for your awareness, persistence, excellence and trust.

Can you think of a time you had to climb a “mountain” like this in your career? How did it work out? What skills were most useful to you? What will you do differently when you encounter your next mountain?

 

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What’s Your Next Move?

movedomeckopolpixabayWhat’s your next move to further your career? It could be something you do personally (rebalance, take time for something, nurture yourself) or professionally (build a skill, face a problem, take a step forward).

It is always good to be proactive. Your career needs your leadership. You want to guide it like an arrow, not let it be a target. Take a moment to look at where your career is now. Does something cry out for your attention? Are you bored or in a difficult situation? Is there something you’d like to do or a step you want to take?

Taking deliberate, proactive steps forward will bring your career to where you want it to be.

 

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Your Gifts

presentspixabayIt benefits you to discover and nurture your unique talents and skills – your gifts. They are your fastest way to career fulfillment and success. Your gifts set you apart and give you an advantage that others do not have.

When you use them, you stand out from the crowd. Of course, in order to use your gifts they must be valued and needed in your work or organization. Do you know what your unique talents and skills are? Are you using and developing them?

Get to know your gifts – they are your ticket to meaningful and satisfying work.

 

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How Often Are You Fully Present To What You Are Doing?

ID-100249700Stop laughing. ☺ It’s worth paying attention to. Why? When you are fully present to what you are doing, your work gets the benefit of your intelligence, attention, time and skill. Distraction or inattention diminishes the quality of your work and often increases the time you spend, for lesser results.

Being fully present brings all of you to your tasks. You’ll work better, faster and more effectively. For my next blog post, I’ll create a list of 10 ways to stay fully present to what you are doing.

 

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Regrouping

ID-10075854There are a variety of indicators that it is time to think something out again. Perhaps circumstances have changed, you have altered your perspective or something new is affecting a situation. Regrouping is simply addressing something from the present moment, rather than from the past or future, and deciding on a new course of action.

Ignore change at your peril. Regrouping is done easily – with your eyes open, brain engaged and senses alert. Are there any indicators that regrouping is called for in your life or work? Is something asking for your attention? Are you resisting acknowledging a change that has occurred? Regrouping puts you back in control and allows you move forward.

 

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Labyrinths

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 4.09.22 PMDo you ever find yourself caught in a labyrinth at work? Labyrinths involve intricate, difficult pathways, entrances and exits, dead ends, confusion and right and wrong turns. You can find yourself in a labyrinth when executing a difficult project, dealing with hidden agendas, stretching your skills to the max or facing unknown outcomes.

When in a labyrinth, your best strategy is to stay alert, operate fully in the present moment, employ your intelligence, be patient, keep your cool and move forward at a brisk pace. Life and work are such that sometimes a labyrinth stands between you and success. Learn to navigate a labyrinth well and it will not slow you down.

 

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Are You Fulfilled?

ID-100281273Fulfillment: satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s abilities or character.

Do you connect being happy with fully developing your abilities and character? Or do you associate happiness with things external to you? If you do look outside yourself, you may feel that finding happiness is beyond your control. It is not. Finding happiness is all about you.

The above definition of fulfillment says a lot about the true nature of happiness. It is an individual and inside job. How much attention do you put to developing your abilities and character versus what you or others think you should do? By focusing within, fulfillment can be much closer than you think.

As you develop your abilities and character, you are using resources well within your reach. You can develop your talents and become more valuable in the work you are best at. Another take on developing your character is that you are being true to yourself. When you are, your fulfillment will increase.

Here’s hoping that your answer to the question “Are you fulfilled?” is “yes” or soon will be!

 

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Self-Preservation

ID-100128824Self-Preservation: preservation of oneself from destruction or harm; a natural or instinctive tendency to act so as to preserve one’s own existence

Self-preservation may be instinctive; however it is worth your while to focus consciously on it in your workplace. Why? Because survival is not a given in any workplace. Numerous factors can threaten your success and well being if you are not aware of the environment you are working in. Self-preservation does not require paranoia, manipulation or obsession. Self-preservation requires intelligence, watchfulness and protection of your interests.

Here are some ways to focus on self-preservation in a constructive manner:

• Be keenly aware of (stay awake) when people either harm you or your interests at work. Maya Angelou once said: “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” It’s natural for some to have a tendency to let slights pass by or to dismiss them. You do not have to react to them, but you want to allow the facts to form your opinion of someone, rather than your wishes for how you’d like them to be.

• Identify what interests you want to protect. Do they relate to being given what you need to perform well, being treated in a certain manner, (for example, respected, valued, consulted, acknowledged), milestones you want to achieve in your career or what type of environment you can thrive in?

• Develop your emotional intelligence. This will help you to “see” what may be underneath people’s actions and also to mange your own emotions effectively.

As you put self-preservation on your radar, you will find that you are better able to act in your own interests when you need to.

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Boost Your Ability To Take Risks

ID-100128769In today’s work world, the ability to take risks is a skill that will serve you well. How do you take considered and wise risks, versus foolhardy or hasty ones? You develop your skill for risk-taking.

If you want to enhance your ability to take risks, a good way to start is observing in your workplace. Notice when people are taking risks and observe how they do it, how comfortable they appear to be with taking risks, what their risk-taking “style” is and if their risk-taking brings success.

You can take it a step further and study leaders who have taken risks (e.g. political leaders, business leaders, global leaders, citizen leaders). Note the inherent qualities of these leaders, what their motivations were to take risks, any price they paid for taking risks, what rewards they realized from taking risks, how they prepared for taking risks and whether they were impetuous or calculating in their risk-taking. Use their experiences to inform your own risk-taking.

Take a look at the boundaries of your current comfort zone with risk. To what degree are you risk-averse or risk-friendly? Start taking risks and continue observing-yourself this time. Begin with small risks, if you like. Test the waters-what works for you and what doesn’t? Develop your risk-taking style and step out of your current comfort zone

As you boost your ability to take risks, you’ll be a better and more confident manager, ready for what today’s work world demands.

 

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I Can Do This

ID-100279462Sometimes you face challenges that initially seem insurmountable. How do you get to the place where you are ready to say, “I can do this”? It is not always easy.

To get there, build your belief in yourself. It is not always about being able to do the impossible when others ask for it. It is more about your ability to see a situation clearly, analyze what’s possible and determine what is that you and your team can do. Sometimes your hesitancy in saying “I can do this” is rooted in fear, a lack of information or uncertainty. In that case, don’t stop. Investigate and assess the situation. The key here as well, is to build your confidence and belief in yourself. Don’t underestimate your abilities or those of your team. Be ready to grow and stretch, if you need to.

Saying “I can do this” is a must for succeeding in management. But, in different situations, this statement has different meanings. Stay positive and out of fear, believe in yourself, keep a clear head and more often than not, you’ll be saying, “I can do this”.

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