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Our seemingly innocuous out-of-office message and subsequent behavior sends communication to those around us about what our priorities really are. This message is an opportunity to communicate your priorities to others, to match your actions to your words and to set boundaries. Try using your OOO to support your humanity.
As we set intentions for the new year, it is tempting to define a rigid list of to-dos. To push ourselves to achieve certain targets and pack our calendars with the massive action necessary to reach our specific goals. But what if we left space for the unexpected? What if the next BIG thing in our lives goes beyond anything we can imagine?
What if we could do less, yet be more?
In 2018, I set an aggressive goal to read forty books in one year. As far as reading goes, I had some catching up to do. Here’s a peek into the process, my favorite books, and a list of the full 40.
You meticulously plan well-thought-out ideas, but dismantle them on a daily basis; opting instead to ignore that looming deadline, hide important emails, and test the strength of your relationships—both personally and professionally. If things go wrong, or if you get feedback that’s not exactly positive, you feel it proves what you’ve suspected all along: that you are completely inadequate. There’s a title for someone who falls into this pattern of behavior: It’s called being a Self-Saboteur.
Here is a brief lesson on what interpretations are and how we tell ourselves stories. If we could stop doing that when it doesn’t serve us, wouldn’t our internal narrative be a whole lot more powerful?
My personal journey of self-discovery and turning it into something great became the subject of a TEDx Talk, which became the book, Hidden Brilliance: A High-Achieving Introvert’s Guide to Self-Discovery, Leadership and Playing Big. It all began with a moment, a shift in mindset. A realization about myself that couldn’t be unseen.
Sometimes we are the ones that need our own compassion the most. Why aren’t we better at it yet? Consider what self-compassion looks like, and how you can allow some for yourself.
Some organizations are just starting to place focus on and evolve their company culture and the employee experience, and that is okay. With good framework and a commitment to the long haul, it will work and be totally worth it. Here are some key parts of the roadmap that I have seen guide teams to success time and again.
Common questions I hear from emerging leaders are: How do I find a mentor? How do I get my partner to help with household management? How can I attend that awesome conference? In a lot of cases, the first step is simply… ask.
We’ve all meant well. And, we could be doing more. To more impactfully advance women leaders in your organization, just pick one of these tactics and commit to deep and targeted action.
I have long been a proponent of changing the narrative around generations, particularly on how we describe Millennials, because what I read and hear is incongruous from what I see in the real workforce. From one Millennial to the world, here are four things to consider viewing differently.