Category: Your Job

The Rockstar Dilemma

The Rockstars: the great performers in your organization. For a while it was you. Everything connected. Everything was going your way. You were on top. You were the one everyone sought out. You were the first pick to help others, mentor them, and get…

Making Cabinets

“It was easier when I was making cabinets.” “Why, what was different?” “At the end of the day, I could see and feel my progress. Now I just deal with people and it is hard to know if I accomplished anything.” As I reflect on…

Finding the Creatives

A new city. A day of wandering. Food, coffee, art, chocolate, music, more food, and walking in the footsteps of an icon. But we are always on another mission in a new place: Finding the Creatives. Discovering those people who are making, designing, and…

Unleashed

Unleashed. No longer held back. No internal barriers stopping you. No external barriers getting in your way. Unlike an untethered state, Unleashed is when you are completely free to pursue your biggest dreams. Unleashed means to set in motion. What does that motion mean for…

Work Life Separation

We get a quick note on the weekend. “Sorry to bug you about work on a weekend, but I need…” Or a text late at night. “Hey, sorry, I know it is late, but can you send along…” And there was an email early in the morning….

The Illogical Path

We get jobs. We work in a particular field. We move on, either by our choice or others. We are faced with a choice. We can follow the logical path. Stay in or close to our field. Connect with our network. Find something similar….

Good Lost None Bad

For some reason, I have been thinking about the hierarchy of certain things. Thinking about how to classify particular relationships, friends, jobs, bosses, employees, customers, and connections in a way that brings perspective. Good describes things that are positive and contribute to you and your…

Hard Choice Ahead

(Images created on roadtrafficsigns.com) The interview went well. They answered the questions. They were hired. After a few months their performance begins to fade. You hear from a few people around the office that deadlines are missed. Others are covering the work that is…

The Decade of Training

(Image Courtesy of Etsy.com) Through a combination of coaching conversations, and reflections on my own life I have noticed a pattern. Many of us wish we were further along in our lives, careers, or relationships. We speak as if there is some place we…

Inspired Vision or Dictated Standard?

(Image courtesy of my daughter who loves to snap photos while we drive.) While working with a group of senior leaders they described some compliance issues especially with those further down within the organization. Procedures were not being followed, routine issues were on the…

Their Own Role In Their Story

(Image Courtesy of soulseeds.com) During the final session of a five-part series with leaders, we asked them to create an intentional leadership plan and present it to the rest of the group. Each leader tackled the greatest challenge before them in the next year,…

Internal Customers

A few weeks ago, I was teaching a customer service class. One of the exercises split the group into small teams and they were asked to identify all of their customers. The lists grew, and the flip charts filled. As I walked from group…

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