Are You Caught In Polarity?

Polarity reigns in our politics and opinions these days. It is creating limitations to be aware of: keeping people in silos as far as the information they are exposed to, creating animosity among people with differing views, increasing harmful emotions with no constructive outlet and destroying efforts to build harmonious communities.

Why is this a topic for The Managers Hub? It is inevitable that you bring your attitudes, beliefs and views into your work. They affect the way you interact with people and do your work. Say you are working with someone who has very differing views from you. Harmonious interaction can be obscured by polarity. Tolerance decreases and harmful emotions can arise.

Take a moment to examine how polarized your views are right now. Are they affecting your experience at work? If you can get through polarity to the other side, you will make the world a better place.

I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on the polarity that exists in our world today.

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Do You Look At The Shadow Side?

You know that often there is more to a story than what appears on the surface. Good to keep this in mind as you navigate your career. Say you are dealing with a work culture of hidden agendas on the part of managers in an organization. The organization’s values and mission say one thing, but day-to-day you experience something very different. You can stay with the outwardly stated values and mission or look deeper at what the actions of management tell you about their true values and mission.

In many cases, you do not know what is happening if you do not explore the shadow side. You can do so with keen observation, judging by actions, not words and knowing that much lies below the surface. Is there a shadow side at your place of work?

 

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Navigating Your Workplace

Knowing how to plan and direct your way through your workplace culture is essential to your success. “Doing your job” is not about performing tasks alone. You have to navigate personalities, emotions, workplace values, hidden agendas and rules, as well as assure your own path to career success.

When you widen your focus, you can see all the elements at play in your workplace. Tunnel vision or putting on blinders will not benefit you. You need to navigate obstacles, changes, threats and surprises, at the same time that you get your work done. Successful navigation is aided by developing your emotional intelligence, keeping your eyes and mind open, observing workplace culture and the actions of others, building your skill base and finding the root causes of any problems or setbacks you encounter.

See yourself at the helm of your career ship and set your course in the direction that best serves you!

 

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Is There A Place For Gratitude At Work?

You may not link gratitude and work together, but gratitude has its place there. Gratitude expands your mind and heart and often lifts you up. You may already see the role of gratitude in your personal life. You can benefit from gratitude at work, as well.

What are three things you are grateful for in your current work? Try each day to identify one thing at work you are grateful for and see what happens.

 

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Waking Up

Sometimes things are hiding in plain sight; however, you fail to see them. There can be many reasons: an expectation or strong emotion like anger clouds your view, what is there creates fear for you, you have not experienced anything like it before and therefore fail to recognize it, you are not fully present to what is going on, you are avoiding seeing it or a need to please prevents you from acknowledging what is there.

Being asleep to something is human. It’s not hard to find yourself there. Key is to will yourself “awake” to what is happening around you in your workplace. The benefits are obvious. By seeing the truth of a situation you can assess it appropriately and decide how to respond in a manner that is best for you and your career.

 

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Are You Asking “What’s The Use?

You have a right to a sense of meaning in your work. That sense of meaning can be hindered by things such as: a wrong fit with the work you are doing, values not being honored, a dysfunctional workplace or a lack of resources or skills to do your job.

When you find yourself asking, “What’s the use?” take a look at the source of your frustration. Once you discover it, do what you can to remedy the situation. In that way, you assure that your work fulfills you. It’s better for you and for the world.

 

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Where Are You?

Where are you working? Is it the “place” where you want and are meant to be? With the year ending, take some time to answer these questions. If the place you are in now is not working for you, make some intentions to change that. You do your best when you are happy and fulfilled.

 

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Am I Supposed To Be Excited?

As a teen, this was a phrase I used often thinking I was so nonchalant. Actually, today, it may have some relevance to your career and work life. All workplaces have expectations of the organization as a whole and of individual people within the organization. Some of these expectations relate to what you are supposed to be excited about – possibly a new mission, behaviors within the organization or your contribution to the organization.

Perhaps, in adult life, this is not a nonchalant question. What are you excited about in your work life? What do others expect you to be excited about? What are you not excited about that may be an indication that changes are needed?

 

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Too Much Dissonance?

Dissonance: lack of agreement, consistency or harmony; conflict.

Experiencing any dissonance in your work lately (or forever)? Though work may not reach perfection, too much dissonance is unhealthy, unnecessary and inhibits your productivity. Best to minimize dissonance in your work and life.

Sometimes, you can become accustomed to dissonance or even encourage it, towards your own aims. Do so at your peril. To maximize your performance and work happy you need a work life that feeds you. Do an inventory of your work life (relationships and interactions, nature of your work, noise, expectations and time) and estimate the percentage of your time in which you experience dissonance. Is the percentage acceptable or unacceptable to you? If unacceptable, see what’s possible in terms of creating more harmony in your work experience.

 

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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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