Alignment With Reality

ID-10068087Reality: the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.

Are your life and actions aligned with reality? You may say reality is a downer. It can be, but it is the best place to start from. Reality does not limit you or dictate your next steps. It just needs to be factored in, so that your choices come both from truth and the present moment.

Say that you are in what looks like a lose-lose situation at work. Do you pretend what is happening isn’t there? Or do you look carefully at the reality of what exists and find your way through it? I think the latter. When you align with reality, no matter how bad things are, you actually are in a very powerful place. Truth sets you free.


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10 Ways To Boost your Manager Mojo in 2015

ID-100101787Adding on to my 2014 blog post  here’s 10 more ways to boost your manager mojo.

Mojo: a power that may seem magical and that allows someone to be very effective and successful – Merriam Webster Dictionary 

1. Find ways to foster your creativity.

2. Sharpen your emotional intelligence.

3. Do an informal 360 review on your managing.

4. Identify the allies you have in your organization.

5. Pick a managing skill you can improve and work on it during the year.

6. Create a plan for managing your team or projects this year.

7. Start taking breaks when you need them.

8. Identify your 3 biggest challenges this year and how you will handle them.

9. Commit to using your time well.

10. Make one of your dreams come true this year.

Wishing you a fabulous 2015 at your managing best! Thanks for being a part of The Managers Hub community.


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The Relevance of The Hero’s Journey

Many ancient and indigenous cultures used mythology and stories to inform their people about life and meaning. The 20th century scholar, Joseph Campbell, spent his lifetime studying these stories and myths and posited that we need to know them and to create our own. Campbell called the structure of  these myths and stories The Hero’s Journey. He said that each of us is a hero and we are all meant to take this journey to self-realization. The stages of the hero’s journey include: the ordinary world, a call to adventure, refusal of the call, acceptance of the call, tests, allies and enemies, the supreme ordeal and return to the ordinary world. (Think: The Wizard of Oz, Star Wars and hero-centered video games.)

You may ask, “What does this have to do with managing?” Your strength as a manager and leader correlates directly with your self-knowledge and awareness. Your unique talents and gifts are meant to be found and shared in the world. To find them, you embark on the hero’s journey.

Since learning of Campbell’s work, I see the hero’s journey as a powerful reference point in each of our lives. It contains the elements of: the unknown, mentors, each person having a unique purpose, challenges and difficulties and the opportunity to bring our gifts to the world. Are you the hero of your life?

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Do You Work With Peacocks?

It can be funny when we use animals to describe human behavior. It has its usefulness, though, by letting us take a step back and use an image to understand someone better. I’ve heard people be compared to peacocks – showy, colorful, in your face, demanding that you see them. One of the challenges of working in teams is to find your way with a wide variety of personalities. How do you make it work?

A first step is to be true to yourself and how you feel about members of your team. Own and be aware of your gut reactions to people. Then, spend some time observing people that are not that easy to work with. See what you can learn about them and what makes them tick. From there, figure out how you will interact with them and what boundaries you must draw, keeping in mind you are part of a team and that you want the team to succeed.

By being aware and true to yourself, you will develop the skill to work effectively with a wide variety of the animal kingdom. It’s a jungle out there.

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Rethinking Impossible

We hear the word impossible a little too often in our world. Many times, it is said when we share our aspirations and dreams. As a manager, do you lead your team with a philosophy of possible or of impossible?

Leading from a philosophy of impossible is limiting and inhibits creativity and freedom. Leading from a philosophy of possible opens up the opportunity to think differently, to excel and to do things beyond the status quo. For you and for your team, hearing “impossible” too often to your suggestions and ideas can put you in a small, confining space. However, even if you do hear “impossible” often, you can create a culture of the possible. Key to this is a principle of “no wrong answer”- all ideas are valued, a willingness to tackle sometimes significant challenges to get your ideas accepted, finding a way to create at least a few “wins” for your team – even in the face of “impossible”, accepting that sometimes “impossible” will prevail and cultivating a vibrant optimism that good ideas and approaches can triumph.

What’s “possible” for you and your team in the coming week?

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