If success isn’t only defined by status, power, and money, then what does it mean to be successful, and how do you know when you’re there? It all comes down to having a clear picture of what success looks like for you. Think about the times in your life you have felt like your best, true self.
By all external measures, I was very successful: my bosses loved and trusted me, my team thrived under my supervision, and my colleagues saw me as a capable leader who got things done. But internally, I was miserable -- miserable to the point of barely functioning, with clinical depression levels of burnout.
So what happened?
More and more, you hear stories of people who achieve what they think of as markers of success, only to find themselves thinking, “Is that all there is? This is what I busted my butt for?” or “Now what?” We all know people who have high-power jobs or great salaries but they’re miserable, overly stressed and unfulfilled. So why don’t they feel successful?
Looking at your team or workplace as an ecosystem is a powerful tool for building a strong, healthier, and more sustainable place!
The word “tolerate” is most often used about people or behaviors we don’t particularly like, but put up with for the sake of harmony. It’s the “I can live with it” standard. For me, identifying aspects of my work that I tolerate means identifying opportunities for change!
There are many different ways to “be organized,” and the word “organized” means different things to different people. In order to identify the “right” approach, you need ask yourself some questions to figure out what problem you are trying to solve and define your short and long-term goals are for whatever system you put in place!
Last but not least in my BBC binge review is the sweet, slightly sad sitcom The IT Crowd, which can serve as a cautionary tale about what happens when you neglect the very employees who keep your business up and running.
Despite all the hilarious mishaps and shenanigans in each episode of the BBC sitcom W1a, the scenes that I found most painfully to watch were the management team meetings, usually in response to a totally avoidable PR crisis. These scenes help me put together a series of tips you can use to ensure productive and painless meetings every time!
To TV audiences who automatically associate reality television with manufactured drama, outlandish antisocial behavior, and cruel criticism bordering on abuse, The Great British Bake Off is a breath of fresh air – or more accurately a breath of healthy competition and good sportsmanship. And while the judges, Mary and Paul, have to provide critique and make an elimination in every episode, they do so in a way that demonstrates utmost respect and consideration for the efforts and skills of the contestants.
You need to be wearing the right clothes to accomplish the mission. Going for a run? You need easy access to your running shoes. Going to the moon? You better know where your space suit is hanging. Onboarding a new team member? Your employee handbook should be the first thing you grab to prepare.
Is your “closet” at work set up to support your mission?
A few weeks, ago, I was thrilled to come across an online guide with some great ideas for how to repurpose old home furniture into cost-effective and environmentally-friendly office pieces. If your spring cleaning plans include some furniture upgrades, consider these ways to make your old dining table, chair, and dresser new again!
In order to run an effective and healthy workplace, however, you can’t afford to ignore the unknowns, and take the “I’ll just deal with it if/when it becomes an issue” approach. The risks are too great.
Whether you have resolved to lose 5 pounds, stop taking your iPhone to bed, or finally declutter the attic, we all use the start of a new year to set personal growth goals for the 12 months ahead.
But have you ever done the same for your workplace?
The most important factor for successful proposals is not the art of writing or cost estimation. The key to proposal success is having good processes in place!
A whole industry of productivity apps has sprung up to help wring the most out of every possible second. But even reading these books or testing out different apps can be overwhelming and time consuming in their own right. To help you get started with time management, I put together this list of three simple strategies you can use to help you do more with, and make better use of, your precious time.
If your workplace doesn’t have a set of processes in place for what to do when a new person is hired, a lot of unnecessary time and energy can be expended on all sides trying to integrate the new person into company life. This may give the new employee an unfavorable first impression of the new job and lead to an unproductive first few days. With a little planning, you can develop a smooth and foolproof process to guide you through the onboarding, even if different components are handled by different people every time!
Does it seems like the final days before a major report, proposal, or presentation deadline are always a chaotic race against the clock? With so many moving parts, it's easy to lose track of time. My latest post provides tips for a better process to ensure complete, timely, and high quality written deliverables!