Weak Link

So many organizations base their work on teams now. This creates interdependence that can be both a blessing and a curse. If there is someone on a team that is a weak link, it can affect everyone on the team and their productivity in negative ways.

Weak links have various natures. They can be emotionally unintelligent, lacking in necessary skills, uncooperative, strongly independent and unwilling to collaborate or imbalanced in their emotions (for example, anger).

Do you have a weak link on your team? Best to address this sooner, rather than later. It takes skill, but rooting out weak links and working to strengthen or eliminate them gets your team working at its best.

 

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Out There

Part of the change and chaos of our times is that things once thought to be “out there” are coming to be found out as more regular than others wanted us to believe. The focus of the moment is sexual harassment. With recent allegations, “systems” built by harassers and methods to silence victims are out in the open more than ever.

What’s the lesson in this? It is to look critically at any statements made that you or someone else is “out there”. The phrase can be used to intimidate and cover up. Make your own analyses and always stay aware of others’ agendas when they accuse you or others of being out there. Most likely, it’s the situation that is out there and needs to be handled.

 

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Your Peace

Peace is achievable. Do you want some? It may take focus and effort, but you can do it. Start by carving out a small amount of time each day to create some peace. Even 5 minutes is okay. When can you do so? At what time of day? What gives you peace? Quiet? Alone time? Time with family or a friend? Being in nature? It is individual for each of us.

Creating peace in each day will make so many aspects of your life better. Give it a try!

 

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Ten Things To Do When You Are Just Too Tired

1. Stop what you are doing

2. Figure out what got you so tired

3. Decide if you can go on with what you are doing

4. Figure out how you can get some rest

5. Get some rest!

6. Rebalance and restore

7. Don’t let yourself get so tired again

8. Make balance a priority in your life

9. Acknowledge the importance of rest

10. Give away the delusion that you have endless energy

 

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What Are Your Priorities?

There are many aspects to your life. How you prioritize them shapes your journey. What are the main aspects of your life – family, friends, service, career, faith, physical activity, learning or other things? What comes first? What is lower priority? It is your choice how you answer these questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Their purpose is to gain clarity on what you want to give your time and attention to.

Once you know your priorities, honor them. Don’t let unimportant things, stress or pressure from others derail what matters most to you. Live the life that you want to and you will give your best to the world.

 

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Breaking Out

Sometimes, you can go along for a while without a lot happening or without knowing what’s next. It can be a kind of quiet growth period. Then, you get restless and want to know what’s next. It is like the newly formed butterfly wanting to break out of the cocoon, without knowing what awaits it outside. As with the butterfly, you want to make sure you are ready to make the best of your next move.

Sometimes, you can jump ahead without being ready or knowing where you are going. This is okay, but has its risks. Best to be prepared. There is also the other, sometimes mysterious, factor of timing. You don’t always control the timing of things. If you push before the time is right, your move can backfire.

When you are ready to break out, make sure you are aware, at your best and ready. That way, every move can be a positive one.

 

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What Lifestyle Do You Desire?

I was at a workshop, years ago, and someone asked for advice on deciding where she wanted to live. The teacher’s answer was quite good. She said that one way to start a decision-making process like this is to ask yourself, What lifestyle do I want? In asking and answering this question, you set a path for the choices you will be making.

Is your present lifestyle what you want it to be? Are there any changes you would like to make? If there are, get started creating the lifestyle you want to be living. Small or large steps, you’ll be on your way to a fulfilling life.

 

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Do You Have A Bias?

A bias is a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation. Often, biases are unconscious. They can come from direct experience, or vicarious experiences (e.g. experiences of other people, stories, culture).

In the workplace, your biases and those of others can be harmful. It behooves you to be aware of yours and to be able to identify those of others. An example of a workplace bias may be: men (or women) are better leaders. If you or someone you work with has this bias, it’s easy to see the havoc it can cause.

What are your biases? Do you know? If not, give some thought to the perceptions and beliefs you have about the people you work with. Then, come up with actual interactions you have had with them and determine if they confirm your perceptions and beliefs. If they do not, you may have a bias there that is best to be aware of.

 

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Relief

It would be nice to have a pressure valve to release the stress you encounter. Perhaps you can create one. What would do it for you? Some possibilities: one scheduled weekend off a month, a yearly vacation away from it all, scheduled time alone, regular activities doing things that fuel you or simplifying your life in ways that bring you peace.

Do you need some relief? Do what you can to find some.

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I Lost My To-Do List

Last week was quite busy for me. My daily to-do lists were long and necessary in order to keep up. On Tuesday morning, I suddenly noticed that my to-do list for the day was missing. I looked everywhere and could not find it. I worried that something important would not get done. It could have gone differently, but all went well. I remembered key things I had to get done and, on Wednesday, continued with that day’s to-do list.

This past weekend, Tuesday’s to-do list showed up in a file I had been working with. Losing it hadn’t been a disaster and I wondered whether there was a lesson here. Perhaps to-do lists are not as critical as I thought they were. Perhaps keeping calm and carrying on gets you through. Perhaps…….

What do you think about the importance of to-do lists?

 

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