Saturday, July 21, 2012

Your Mission, Should you choose to accept it ...

I am fortunate to have a wonderfully classy and intelligent mentor.  She is the kind of woman I aspire to emulate and she is kind enough to share her experiences with me and offer guidance through the challenges I face in my own leadership journey.  One evening over dinner I expressed that I was struggling to make a decision on how best to handle a difficult situation and asked her advice and to teach me how she approached similar circumstances.  Wise as she is, she didn't offer me a solution, but pointed to my organizations mission and vision statement.  She said that the best way to determine what direction to lead your team is to follow the corporate vision already laid out before you. (I told you she was wise!)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Eye of the Beholder

I’ll never forget the day I walked into the eye doctors office and told him I thought I needed glasses.  This was a major change for me as I was well into adulthood and never previously had any issues with my vision.  I wasn’t having major problems seeing, but I could tell something was off.  It turns out I was having trouble mainly when my eyes were fatigued causing difficulty focusing and seeing clearly when stress and weariness were present.

I’ve often thought of this as a metaphor for what happens to us when we view the world through our difficulties.  It’s easy to become jaded and cynical from our life experiences and allow them to change our view of the world.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Enduring Public Humiliation

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Last week we all witnessed the public disgrace that Ann Curry experienced as a result of her dismissal as the co-host of the Today Show.  Her release was featured on every major news and entertainment media outlet and was most likely one of the worst professional experiences she has ever endured.  As in any corporate change of leadership witnesses had a myriad of opinions which they expressed freely and openly.  I watched friends and supporters offer kind words and reminisce on the positive aspects of her career and I witnessed those who were happy to see her go gloat and take cheap shots at her personally and professionally.

As a woman and a professional I think there is value in examining what happened that day and considering alternatives to both behaviors and thought patterns exhibited as a result of this change.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Singing the Summer Blues

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Well peeps it's the beginning of July and I don't know about you but I'm definitely feeling the draw of summer break.  It got me thinking since I personally haven't had a "summer vacation" in the last twenty plus years; why is it that each July I have such a strong need to walk away from work and spend some down time recouping?

After doing a bit of web browsing I found that I'm not alone in experiencing summer doldrums.  It appears that employers across the board report a decrease in employee productivity during summer months.  Good news is I'm not alone - bad news is it's possible most of Corporate America is as tired, distracted and struggling to make it through the work day as I am; and that's not good for anyone.