Sometimes, it can be very hard to let something go. Is there something you have been holding on to? You can hold on to many things after their time is up – things such as failures, relationships, grudges, anger and other emotions, destructive memories or regrets. As you hold on, you pay a price. The price can lie in distraction, emotional distress, over-thinking, inability to be fully present in the moment or stagnation. It can be a jail of your own making.
When you release something that is over or no longer serves you, you are free. There is room for something new. You can focus your attention on other things. It may take time to let something go, but it can also happen quickly, once you set your mind to it. The first step is recognition that it is time to release something. Then, you bring yourself to the present moment and a place of clarity about the situation and act – by declaring your intention to let go, doing something concrete to cut a tie or changing behaviors that support the current situation.
What, in your life, or work, is ready for release?
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We do get very serious about things when it comes to our work. Once in awhile, we can lighten up.
How serious are you about your work? Are fun, light-heartedness and joy a part of your workday? There’s no reason for them not to be. Actually, lightening up about your work isn’t only healthy; it can increase your productivity. You need emotional balance to function at your best.
This post may have you laughing right now if you work in an organization that sees happiness as superfluous to working – a just keep your nose to the grindstone and keep working mentality. I hear you, but give a bit of frivolity a try at work. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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Often, people make a strict demarcation between their work and personal lives. What may be good traits in their personal life, may not be in their work life. As I began my career, I was often advised not to show certain personal traits at work. I would not be taken seriously if I did. How many of us, men and women, hide our humanity in order to be “taken seriously” and to succeed at work?
Kindness is part of your humanity. Is there no room for kindness at work? As I ask this question, what are you thinking? Is kindness a sign of weakness? Is kindness a positive attribute?
What do you think would happen if more people practiced kindness at work?
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Let’s put it out there
Managers are magicians
Making it all work
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Receiving recognition for work well done is a good thing. Wanting recognition is healthy. Needing recognition can put you in a position of relying on others to feel good about yourself.
What is the source of your professional self-confidence? If your self–confidence comes from within, you are the primary influencer. You can take actions to build and project your confidence, enhance your skills and discern when you need to self-correct. You can develop the ability to sort through praise and criticism from others and take only the best of it.
Sometimes, professional recognition is not forthcoming in your work. If this is the case for you, take a look at what the reason is. There could be many. Some situations show you it is time for a change; others that there is something for you to improve; others that you may be working in the wrong environment and others that your need for recognition may be getting in the way.
Be the source of your own self-confidence and put recognition from others in its proper place.
Your Zone is a place where you can excel and move more swiftly and effectively as a manager. Less wear and tear, and you deserve that. Do you know how to enter your Zone? Here are a few tips to help you in finding your zone.
• Find your own processes for doing things. Processes that align with how you work best.
• Don’t accept shortcuts that diminish the quality of your work
• Sharpen your ability to focus
• Believe in yourself
• Get good at recognizing when you are in your Zone and when you are not
Mastery involves developing outstanding skill or expertise; having command of something.
What mastery do you have, or want to have, as a manager? Could it be a technical skill, an interpersonal skill, a management skill, a marketing skill? An interesting consideration, once you set a direction towards mastery, is where that skill or expertise will have value. Does your organization value that skill or expertise? Is it a skill or expertise you personally value? What is your purpose in developing that particular form of mastery? Where do you think it will bring you?
The journey to mastery is as valuable as its achievement. You will create focus, fine tune a skill and grow in the process.
Search on Google for the definition of art and you see:
1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture,…: “the art of the Renaissance”
2. Works produced by such skill and imagination
Where is the art in your work? You do not want to lose it. The industrial age put art in the back seat, thereby losing the aesthetics of work. If you want to reclaim the art in your work, you can. Start with creative skill and imagination. Find small or large ways to bring them into your workday.
Here are some ways to start:
* Put something of beauty into your workspace
* Identify 3 ways to inspire yourself as you work – employ them
* Foster your imagination – get out of the “box” and create open space each week for yourself
* Find the aspects or elements of your work that can be described as art
* Do one thing differently (in a new way) each day
* Encourage your team to apply their imagination and creative skill in their work
Beauty and art are essentials of life. They have a place in your work. Allowing them in will open possibilities and make your work more fulfilling.
We sometimes reach endings – leaving our place of work, the doors of our organization closing, retiring, other transitions. Here are some things to think about when it is over.
1. How you want to end this – in what frame of mind and with what outward actions
2. Who you still have something to say to
3. Who you want to thank
4. What needs to be done, or is left unfinished
5. What you need to protect and how will you do it
6. What you take away with you – learnings, new skills, insights, colleagues, friendships
7. What lies ahead of you
8. What your immediate next actions are
9. What fears exist
10. What opportunities are available to you