My perception has changed. Once upon a time, I viewed bucket lists as action items that should require my attention before departing from this world. Travel destinations. The Northern Lights. Sky diving. Swimming with the dolphins. (Now, I'm beginning to sound more like an online dating application - haha!) The truth of the matter is buckets lists should be taken more … [Read more...]
The Fine Line Between Confidence and Arrogance
What is the fine line between confidence and arrogance? I've heard this question asked a number of times throughout my life. I was encouraged as a young girl to stay silent while allowing others to accentuate my positives. There was a fear that arrogance would overshadow humility when accolades came my way. As a result, this impacted my own confidence level into early adulthood … [Read more...]
5 Ways Empathy Encourages Engagement in the Workplace
Empathy is not the same as sympathy. Empathy is about understanding others' viewpoints. Today, more organizations recognize the importance of empathy. It's a give and take. All stakeholders are encouraged to make an effort to show understanding & compassion. All stakeholders are interested in promoting a positive working environment. Empathy organically increases … [Read more...]
Managing Perception: How Nice is ‘Too Nice’ in the Workplace?
Managing the perception of how nice is 'too nice' in the workplace could prove daunting. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve been told that being nice doesn’t belong in the workplace. As a woman, it seems that particular viewpoint is even more prevalent. When others see you as having a ‘nice’ demeanor, there is a misleading association with weakness. With the … [Read more...]
When in Doubt About Others Around You, Assume Best Intent
Has anyone ever suggested you should assume best intent before reacting to others? Scenarios play out in your work environment leading you to ask yourself, “Did that really just happen?” “Who were they talking to ... because clearly, it was not me. I mean, how could they treat me like that?” When responding to circumstances, such as these, your recommended first step is … [Read more...]
When Leading Teams Today: How Close Is Too Close?
When you are new at leadership, it can be challenging to navigate leading teams today. As a freshly promoted leader, you ask yourself, "How close is too close?" It’s Friday afternoon. The countdown has started. There’s less than an hour until closing time. A few of your colleagues have mentioned going out after work. Wearing masks and socially distanced — of course — and you … [Read more...]