I’m posting a link to one of my favorite articles on wikihow.com about working smarter and not necessarily harder. I love being around progressive people, but am easily turned off by those that are just busy for no reason. It causes chaos, an unbalanced environment and just makes me tired.
Every now and then I sit down to evaluate whether I’ve become “the busy for no reason” person. I ask whether or not I’m going through the motions because it seems right or am I going through the motions because it is right. There is a big difference between “seems” and “is” and a bigger difference in getting to the “is” without a lot of unnecessary steps.
So I thought I’d share because we all need to do a little self evaluation at times to make sure we’re striving for greatness in a smart way.
In addition to educating people about breast cancer and overall breast health, Tigerlily is best known for providing funding for mortgages, car notes, groceries, in home meal deliveries, housekeeping services, etc. They do what they can to alleviate the everyday stress from women and their families before, during and after treatment. My goal is to try and raise a minimum of $3000 in 7 days beginning on April 14, 2011. So I’m on a mission to directly contact 500 people I know via phone, text, email, fb, twitter, etc to ask for assistance in meeting my goal, which ultimately directly benefits the support Maimah Karmo (founder of Tigerlily and breast cancer survivor) and her team provide to the women and their families.
If you can, I’d like to ask you to donate (no amount is too small) and ask others that you may know to donate as well. If your company participates in matching funds, please consider requesting a match to your donation!
At day Two of Tory Johnson’s Chicago Spark & Hustle… we’re listening to Bridget Brennan who’s talking about the research she learned while writing the book, “Why She Buys: The New Strategy for Reaching The Most Powerful Consumers”. She studies The Female Factor… and I’m a big believer in…
“There is no limit to how high we can go, if we don’t look down. Don’t live in the limits lets go higher and HIGHER!!!!”—Jennifer Hudson (@JHud)…..Make it a productive Friday!!! There are no limits!!!!
What good are your gifts in leadership if you don’t use them to multiply the talents in others?
To many, my life seems great. I work for myself, have been fortunate to hold many great jobs in the public and non-profit sectors and I position myself to network with those that I can partner with. What people don’t see are the years of hard work, sleepless nights and personal sacrifices that I’ve made to reach certain professional milestones. What they’ve also not seen are the low points, failed attempts and scars that I’ve encountered while climbing the “success ladder.”
Even with all of the not so happy moments, I’ve been extremely fortunate and not only because of my accomplishments. In the beginning of my career, I had the pleasure of working for many great supervisors – many of whom served in the military. They all projected one unique thing in the workplace – they were equally great leaders. They trained up their staff to replace them in future years. In my mind, I equated that to their military training. They were never intimidated by someone trying to “take” their job or sharing their knowledge because it was always about the team. If one succeeded, we all succeeded. If we did our individual parts, and played our roles well, we would eventually move up in ranks. And as I followed that, I was able to move up without much effort. Things were so great, So great that I often did not want to move if that meant leaving the leadership that had been so nurturing to me.
But something occurred during one of my leaps. During my first major management position in my 20s, I walked into a lion’s den. Everything that I had learned from all of these great leaders became a test, and one that oftentimes seemed insurmountable. What a reality check it was for me, still young in both age and experience, to realize that not every manager is a leader. No matter how much I tried to do a great job, my new “leadership” was unappreciative of my work with accusations of me wanting their job and not understanding what my roles was. That to me was extremely confusing because it was always prefaced with “you do a great job, I can’t complain about that.” This was not my norm and not an office culture that I was used to. But young and inexperienced in the world of management, I did what any sane person would do, I called my old leaders for guidance. I needed to know what I could do differently, how to make sure this does not affect my team and how to not fail at this! I’m so thankful they were there for me.
As I’ve matured and developed as a leader, I’ve been able to openly recognize my faults and use them to change the way I approach situations. I’ve also been able to recognize that not all accusations are my fault and that I can’t compensate for the insecurities of others. I’ve been able to lean on great people that have helped me to walk through some really tough moments. But I’ve been able to also lean on those same people to help celebrate in those accomplishments. Most importantly, I was able to take bits and pieces of my former managers’ leadership styles, as well as the styles of those that I admire, to become the leader that I believe that I am
So I ask again, what good are your gifts if you don’t share them?