Having it All without Losing it All
Can you have it all? Well, the answer to this question depends on the material you’re reading because ‘having it all’ is written as either the greatest achievement or the biggest myth.
But you’re asking the wrong question, and you’re asking the wrong person.
The question you should be asking and asking of yourself is, “What does ‘having it all’ mean to me?”
How are you currently defining ‘having it all’? Is it based upon the definition given by your community, your friends, your spouse, your coworkers, your parents or the media? If so, then the answer is ‘no’, you can’t have it all.
If I defined ‘having it all’ by someone else’s standards, then I would be an absolute failure.
I’m not shattering the glass ceiling, holding an office on my children’s school PTA board, cooking gourmet meals every night and attending community even ...
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Four Warnings for New Leaders
I was only 25 the first time I became an official leader. My title was Branch Manager at an employment agency where I was responsible for the branch’s daily operations, P&L and its five employees. Yet no formal team leadership training was provided. I was simply let loose to lead these employees in driving a profitable branch.
Fast forward nearly 15 years later to my most recent leadership position and I can confidently share that I didn’t know what the hell I was doing back then! I did many things well, but for every one success there was an equal amount, if not more, failures.
These successes and failures served as learning for my improved performance and perhaps my four warnings will serve in helping new managers shorten their learning curve in order to experience success earlier than I did.
1. It’s not about you.
Determined to excel as a newly promoted manager, I focused more than the fair share of my attentio ...
How to Navigate Through Change
In the fall of 2016, a company of 25,000 employees was experiencing a massive re-organizational change. The first wave of layoffs already displaced a large portion of employees and those remaining were required to reapply for their current position or apply for a new one.
This is not an unfamiliar story. You personally may not have experienced a layoff, but you’ve certainly been through other abrupt changes in life.
This company hired me to speak with a select group of its employees on how to deal with these changes. They were concerned that if they didn’t address the situation and provide resources, these events would severely impact work performance, workplace happiness and retention of desired employees.
Here is a highlight of what I shared with these employees that you can now use to quickly navigate through change.
Accept & Expect
Change is one of our only constants in life. Even as you’re reading this article, change is h ...
Three Strategies to Capture the Power of Positivity
A friend challenged me on the validity of the power of positivity, sharing that he doesn't believe inspirational messages and motivational trainers can have an effect on the outcome of a person's life. He had my attention.
My friend's issue had to do with the questionable integrity and authenticity of those delivering the message. I agree. There are some so-called leaders and experts that do not truly believe in or live to the same standard as the advice they're giving. But I believe the impact doesn't have as much to do with who's delivering the message.
The true power of positivity lies within - how you receive it and act upon it.
Countless studies have proven that optimism and positive thinking help reduce stress, cope with disease, recover from illnesses and increase overall health and longevity.
What if you could advance in your career and have a healthier lifestyle by receiving and acting upon positivity? Wouldn ...
Three Tips to Avoid Post-Holiday Blues
You just completed your holiday marathon!
You began months ago with preparation and planning and then you continued at a steady pace with shopping, wrapping gifts, cooking, baking, cleaning the house and attending an endless number of parties. The holidays require your full amount of energy and enthusiasm to make it to the end. And through all of it, my hope is that you had a chance to enjoy yourself with scrumptious goodies, quality conversations with friends and family and laughter to fill your soul.
Now that the holidays are complete, you may be feeling the post-holiday blues. You’re not alone. In fact, nearly 25% of Americans feel some sort of low to high depression post-holidays. All of the hype and excitement, all of the events to look forward to, and then it's suddenly over.
But you can get past this post-holiday feeling and sprint into your new year in with these three tips.
Get back into routine. During the holida ...