“Recognizing that words have consequences, that choices made by people in power can have a direct impact, not just on behaviours, but on our very institutions, is an important thing…What we choose to say, what we choose not to say, how we say it, has consequences.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada, National Post, January 8,Continue reading “Words Matter”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout was first linked with helping professions in the mid-1970s. Burnout has broadened beyond helping professions to other industries today. Burnout is a syndrome that includes: emotional exhaustion, disillusionment, and withdrawal. Symptoms include low energy, chronic fatigue, weakness, weariness, increased susceptibility to illness, frequent headaches, nausea, muscle tension,Continue reading “BURNOUT”
By the time spring comes, most people are sick of winter. We get to shed our winter boots, bulky coats and clothing, and the gloom of winter. We look forward to springtime. It’s a time when we are ready for sunshine and something new-a time of planting seeds (seedtime) and creating beauty.
What do I mean by this? We get to decide how to respond and act, by being deliberate about our choices. Being deliberate and making up your mind on purpose, means that you have guiding principle(s) for how you live your life. Emotionally intelligent leaders actively practice being deliberate about how they will react and respond.Continue reading “Be Deliberate: Make your Mind Up on Purpose”
There is something about cleaning out clutter. Some people are great at maintaining a clutter free life. I don’t know any of those people. I go through clutter free periods, but then the clutter builds again. I always feel better after I’ve removed clutter. I have a habit of saving things, just in case-you neverContinue reading “Clear out the clutter”
The impact: Building a case for a civilized workplace Recap In my last post, I described my experience in an uncivil work environment and the toll it took on me and the team. This series is largely about workplace incivility. However, incivility can happen at home, with family, friends, in the community, anywhere-the same issuesContinue reading “Positive steps to creating a civilized workplace-Part Two”
I love this cartoon because it reminds me that if I try to do things to please people at the expense of who I am, I lose. This is true in a work situation as it is in a personal situation.
Perspective reminds me of a kaleidoscope. A kaleidoscope is: 1: an instrument containing loose bits of colored material (such as glass or plastic) between two flat plates and two plane mirrors so placed those changes of position of the bits of material are reflected in an endless variety of patterns 2: something resembling a kaleidoscope: such asContinue reading “Perspectives”
It’s time to re-frame failure. To avoid the word, people have tried to soften it by calling it a setback, major disruption, mistake, error in judgment, etc. Use whatever word you like, it isn’t the word that is the problem, but how you interpret it, or personalize it. The stories below are examples of howContinue reading “Reframing Failure”
Canadian Thanksgiving is coming this weekend. The word thanksgiving is a great word, because it is a reminder to take some time to be thankful for what we have, and for those who love and appreciate us. It can be tough though, because it is a habit that needs to be developed through practice.