Doors Are Opening

Can you see the open doors all around you or are you stuck looking at the ones that are closing? Closed doors leave empty spaces that are waiting for your creativity and action. Examples of open doors are: replacing an element of your work that is no longer needed or no longer holds interest for you; a new idea you have; an invitation to a collaborative project; a new freedom that you have, e.g. more time, money, space or energy.

There are open doors right now waiting for you to see them. Start looking and they will appear. It is a time of much possibility. To take advantage of it, however, you must step up and step through!


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How Far Ahead Do You Plan?

An article, Have You Ever Felt That You’re in the Wrong Place in Your Career, in Your Life?  offers stories of people who reach fulfillment and success by a circuitous path, often planning in the short-term and rejecting linear, long-term planning. Their paths have involved surprises and unknowns, risks, following their interests and non-traditional choices.

What kind of career path are you on? Is it working for you? Whatever type of path you are on, periodic re-evaluation and awareness of non-traditional options can lead you to the success and fulfillment you are looking for.


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The Bigger Picture

Always, there are multiple ways to view things. Keep this in mind, when you get into a difficult situation. Take a moment and step away. Identify the lens you are looking through and try out other ways of looking at the situation. Stepping back and identifying multiple ways to view a situation allows you to breathe, to innovate and to find your best path forward.




differentcolinoobpixabayDifferentiate: to become unlike or dissimilar; to change in character; to make a distinction.

Conformity alone is rewarded in many workplaces. The rewards, however, come at a price. Your conformity robs the world of your unique gifts and talents. How do you balance conformity and differentiation? A bit of each is necessary for your success and fulfillment.

Conformity has to do with knowing the realities of your work world and its expectations of you. Differentiation has to do with bringing your unique perspective to your work. It is an art to balance the two.

You can do it. Start with some experimentation. Bring your unique perspective to projects or issues you deal with in your work. See how it is received and which ideas are successful. There is room for many voices and, when they are heard, you discover the best solutions and approaches.

What new perspectives can you bring to your work today?


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Balancing Flow And Structure

hurricanetpsdavepixabayIn 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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Maintaining An Open Mind

ID-10021499A closed mind confines you. You may think it provides a sense of security. However, you are trying to force a small definition on a much larger world. How can a limited view keep you safe, if you fail to see what is right in front of you?

It takes courage – sometimes reality can be hard to take. To maintain an open mind, you must accept the presence of uncertainty, allow for differences and embrace change when you need to.

An open mind has great rewards – endless possibilities, vast horizons and the ability to innovate. Maintaining an open mind may have its challenges, but it will serve you well.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!! May you find your pot of gold today.


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What’s Possible?

ID-100303213We often think about what’s practical, what’s immediate and what’s required. How about turning your focus on what’s possible? Think noun (potential) rather than adjective (able to be done). Doing so can lead to innovation, engagement and progress.

Let the mundane go for a while and dream – in the present moment – of what’s possible. Is there somewhere you could make your mark? What effort is needed? Break through the small mind to new directions, solutions and accomplishments. You can do it.

What’s possible for you and for your team today?


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Where’s The Fun?

ID-100289146Fun actually can enhance your performance at work. Do you build opportunities to have fun into your workday? Fun reduces stress. Fun fuels your creativity and imagination and improves your mental health.

Why has fun been written out of many workdays? The reason could be that stress has taken over. We are much too serious. We drive ourselves very hard, to the exclusion of balance.

Could you use more fun in your workday? What can you do to create it?


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Are You Curious?

dreamstime_xs_42166511My Dad used to say that one of the best gifts you can give your children is curiosity. Curiosity is an inquisitiveness and love of learning. It creates movement, questioning and an interest in others. Are you curious? Is it an innate trait or was it instilled in you? Do you value curiosity in your own work and life?

Some say curiosity killed the cat, but if you don’t venture out, life can be pretty limiting (not to say, boring). Sure, curiosity can get you in a bind once in awhile, but most times it results in learning, growth and stimulation.

As a manager and leader, there’s a lot to be curious about. What are the best motivators for each of your team members? How can you do a project differently? What’s possible if you shake things up a bit? Are there new rules that would benefit your team? How are others approaching the problems your team is trying to solve?

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein


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The Unknown As Adventure

ID-100280272Acceptance of the unknown is central to our ability to risk, to move forward and to master new skills and experiences. To succeed in work and life, we must face the fear we have of the unknown. It is not an easy task to let fear go completely, but we must face it and not let our fear of the unknown control how we work and live our lives.

One way to begin to release our fear is to start looking at the unknown as the adventure it truly is. We can create small unknowns such as taking a day off, making no plans and seeing what shows up. Or, leading your team in a time of uncertainty, by directly identifying the presence of the unknown and finding ways to navigate it and see it as an adventure The definition of adventure is: an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. Note the use of the word hazardous in the definition. That speaks volumes about our society’s view of the unknown. We can prepare for hazards, yes but also put our focus on the exciting and unusual.

The unknown can lead to innovation, unexpected successes, new experiences and exciting discoveries. The next time you encounter the unknown, approach it as an adventure and see what happens.


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