This post is a bit different because I am going to share with you what I am experiencing currently. The last few days have been so nerve-wracking for me. One of the ways to deal with anxiety – because your stress hormones are at their peak – is to write about what is stressing you out, and I have chosen to do it here. We experience unease, worry, and fear for various reasons. There are times when these feelings can be ongoing. When this happens it can make you feel literally sick – as I am feeling at the moment. Advertisements
We all have different ways of learning, but a number of us share learning styles. Whilst the majority of us will have our most common way of learning new things, we also adjust and adapt our learning styles to accommodate different situations or circumstances. It is said the most common learning styles are:
Ever wondered why the product or service you’re offering doesn’t pique the interest you were hoping for or doesn’t continue to appeal to your target market? Especially when your company or department has experienced continued success and growth in the past. When the foundations were built, constantly improved, and appeared solid. Essentially, your offering is still appealing. In fact, you can prove your success and offering. Stakeholders benefitting from your service can tangibly see and compare the delivery of your service to your competitor companies or other departments. Why then the regression, or the change in support for you and your team?
I am a mother to two boys and a girl. My children are all approximately two years apart in age and they are my life. They have shaped a part of the woman I am today. I had read so much parenting material to prepare for motherhood. Whilst there was a lot of helpful information, there are certain things I still wish I would have known to have prepared for. I know that one can never really be fully prepared for being a parent, but what I am referring to didn’t even cross my mind.
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
“We are all unique and different from each other. It is in our differences that beauty lives.” Unknown Do you often judge yourself on certain aspects or features about yourself? Do you question why you easily break into tears when your emotions are heightened by sadness, anger or conflict? Do you often indulge in negative self-talk, or body shame yourself? Do you do this to others or have you had it directed toward you? I am certain we have all been guilty of one or a few of these, and most definitely at some point in our lives, been on the receiving end of it. It really is okay to be different. In fact, it’s fantastic! We are different in so many ways, but I would like to focus on the way we look (appearance), think and feel.
To understand yourself, you need to get to know yourself – and take the time to do so. Knowing yourself is the only way you can be yourself. So how do you know whether you know yourself, or how well you know or understand yourself? Answer this question:
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.
How often do you find yourself saying you need more hours in the day to get through everything expected of you as a mom? How often do you long for the day to end, so you can just collapse on your bed? How often do you question whether you’re a good mom? How often do you feel you’re just not coping? You look at all the other moms at your child’s school who seem to have it all together, so you push yourself further because you think there is some sort of standard to keep up with. I’m sure many moms (and dads) can relate to my list of what makes me question my mom abilities when it comes to school duties.
Leadership is not something that should only be expected from persons in management positions. Everyone can and should display leadership qualities irrespective of position, circumstance, age or views. I had a session with a leadership team and had them do the activity of selecting ten individuals to sit around their dinner table. Each dinner guest earned a seat at the table because the host identified one or more qualities in the guest that inspires and motivates them to be good leaders to their teams. The guests selected were a mixture of well-known leaders and influencers, but also family members, friends and colleagues. It was particularly the leadership qualities valued in family members, friends and colleagues that struck me the most. Normally, most people tend to impress and select well-known individuals. What I took away from this session, was not just the valuable leadership qualities of their guests, but also the authenticity and pride in those close to them. To me the emotional connection the hosts have with their guests, made them buy into a commitment to embracing the values and qualities themselves in order to continue to grow as leaders themselves. I have no doubt that you will resonate with what this group has shared with me.