The last few days have been more manic than usual in both my personal and professional life. Due to work commitments over the past week, I found myself having to travel around five hours a day to get to and from where I needed to be in order to get my job done. This is an exception for me and not a usual thing. Early mornings and late nights impacted my responsibilities as a mother more than anything. Whilst this week was unusual for me, I do also know it’s the daily life of many. The result is getting behind on everything, especially laundry, which is okay until your son goes “mom it’s Friday and I need a clean shirt”. Your children have been less than productive with homework and studying for tests, but then again their overall responsibility has taken a brief descent due to mom not being around. Routines are completely out the window because dad is abroad. However, the purpose of this post is not to whine about me and my family’s disruptive week with too little hours in the day for me personally, but to focus on the critical importance of teamwork. Advertisements
Patience is a word so easily used but so often it’s not practiced. I would like to think I am a very patient person, but I can think of so many examples that demonstrates otherwise. I believe it natural to be impatient at times. We are emotional beings and when we feel frustrated, we can be impatient. But it is not helpful when impatience becomes something of a permanent feature.
Bad or tough workdays – we all have them. Whether we are out of sorts and Murphy’s Law is ever-present or if someone else at the office is just making your day miserable. I have come across people who think that working in an office is the only way you will have a bad workday. This is simply not true. People working from home or for themselves also have bad workdays. It doesn’t matter who you work for and what you do. Whether you are an office worker, self-employed, a student a housewife or a househusband, we all have had our share of feeling depressed, demotivated and just fed up.
To be authentic is to be genuine, original and real. I have had many interactions where people feel authenticity to self is not an option, given the pressure to be a certain way in our ever-changing world. I, however, believe it more critical than ever before to be your authentic self because of the world we live in. We should adapt to our experiences, situations, and circumstances. The key is to know and decide for ourselves who we are and what we want to be. Demonstrating authentic behaviour is not just speaking about values but acting our values.
Are you the kind of person who always speaks from your heart? Or, are you the kind of person that prefers to keep your honest thoughts and feelings to yourself? Think about a time when you spoke truthfully about something affecting you at home. Then, think about a time when you needed to speak truthfully about what you thought about someone else’s work ethic at the office but you didn’t. What was the outcome?
For any business to succeed, it needs people. The best product, greatest of strategies and most innovative ideas will not achieve any desired outcomes in the absence of a strong organisational culture. Effective organisational cultures place as much value in its people as it does in business. Often though, business comes first, and people are treated like machines – there to produce outputs for the sake of a business’s success. Outcomes are expected without any consideration of people’s wellbeing.
The world we live in feels to me as if it changes daily. We are surrounded by innovation in a digitally connected world that requires new skills and knowledge in order to be successful. “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be… This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.” – Isaac Asimov
I personally feel one cannot live life without taking ownership and being accountable. My view is also that this does not apply to us adults only, but also to our children as early as they are able to start understanding that actions have consequences. I believe that it is our responsibility to explain the ‘why’ and demonstrate how we display ownership and act accountably as often as is possible. So when our children are adults, they will not experience difficulty in taking ownership and acting accountably. This post is not aimed at just children either, but rather what I feel ownership and accountability is, and how we can recognise and develop it for and within ourselves, and in doing so, impact others.
Stress can be defined in many ways. Ultimately, it is a state of mental or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. At some point, most of us – if not all – have experienced stress – whether it be long term, short term or at the moment.
Being responsible for people whether it be in the workplace or at home, can be incredibly challenging. At home, we have a deep affection for the people closest to us which creates a bond that should be unbreakable. In the workplace, however, being responsible for a person with a personality that you find challenging to manage, or having to deal with poor behaviour, and sometimes a deliberate bad attitude, makes us question our own ability, makes us feel sorry for ourselves, makes us dislike a person, and sometimes just want to give up and run away. All of which of course is the wrong reaction. I have had my fair share of experiences in the workplace where I have directly been responsible myself for navigating my way through managing many different personalities. But, also guiding others in managing different personalities, and difficult people.