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October 24, 2023
October 17, 2023
Do you ever get that little twist in your stomach knowing you have to go in
to work tomorrow?
How many meetings have you sat through, where the only real thing accomplished was the
scheduling of another meeting?
We've been there.
When I sat down to think about what my best day at work looked like, I struggled a bit. No matter where I have worked, or what I have been doing, I have always noticed there are two versions of the same place.
Are you happy? Yes, talking to you. Hey, I have all the time in the world while I wait for an answer!
One of the organizations I worked for was full of small “p” politics. Our employee recognition program should have given out Emmy Awards as there was more drama than a day-time soap opera. Looking back now, the headwaters of the drama came from a lack of trust, a lack of accountability, and self-preservation skills that had been learned over time.
They say you shouldn't meet your heroes, just in case actually getting to know them ruins the image you've conjured up — not so, in my case. In fact, my Dad was a hero to me and many others.
We have talked about this before, but here are three simple reasons why you should hit the delete button on a scorched earth resignation email.
I have an embarrassing confession to make. No, not the one where I accidentally walked into the wrong gender restroom at work. The other thing. Our son was stranded in an airport by an airline. Had we not called him happenstance, he would have spent a night on an airport bench. Here is the 'oh I wish I could relive time' part - I sent the following letter to the airlines after speaking to their customer service agent.
I believe there is one indicator that clearly shows who is an amazing leader. I know, pretty brassy of me, right? Before you stop reading because you think I am too big for my britches, aren't you curious of what it is?
These women were so authentic and proud of what they had accomplished, but they were also reiterating the experience that I was wanting. Listening to them, it wasn’t just words about what it could be like. They were sharing a true experience.
Warning, some of you who keep reading are going to be offended. This post may engender thumbs down, frowny emojis, and even some well-written, policy-like angst. Still with me? OK, I warned you. HR is dead.
Healthy teams are a thing. The key to achieving it is focusing on something called psychological safety. Sounds hard, but the tactics are pretty straight forward.
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.