Happy Halloween – time for tricks and treats! We’re moving into another month so let’s get going with Tuesday Truths so that you can end this year on a high note feeling accomplished and ready to tackle soon to be 2018.
- There’s always going to be a time when I’m in need of a bit of inspiration. I’m a creature of habit so routines are my jam and I know that it can be a dangerous tipping point towards complacency. So I keep my eyes peeled for others who can drive my creativity and push me to become more innovative. Successful people have doubts and sometimes don’t know their next steps just as much as those who are starting out their careers. It can be daunting to stay inspired when you feel that work has become too much of a routine and others’ expectations of you drive your own calculations when determining decisions. There’s a difference between drinking your own kool-aid and recognizing your own accomplishments. Be confident in your worth and never stop practicing gratitude for the opportunities that you have earned.
- When you’re stressed out at work, there are things that you can control to help you relieve anxiety. My time spent in a Pilates studio has helped me better understand how to take advantage of my breath so if you hear me taking deep inhales and exhales then I’m taking my own advice. Along with other suggestions, you may find that you can get a handle of what you can control. Take the time to recognize if you’re putting yourself in situations where you may make bad choices. I recently was at an event where afterwards people were also taking time to casually network after the formal portion of the event ended. Most times I would have gone with them but I decided that it would be better if I went home instead. I have no regrets and FOMO doesn’t drive my decisions. The consequences are what I’m faced with after making a bad decision and I’ve learned from experience that it’s not worth it. As many of you know, I’m not an extrovert so I have to know myself well enough to overcome my gut personality when I know that it’s better for me to engage with people vs retreating. Building your self awareness will help you make calculated choices. Remember to live life once in a while and throw caution to the wind. You know you best.
- One way to help you reach a more intuitive approach to life is to go through a guided visualization. I go through these a lot to prepare for a speaking engagement. I want to get a handle on the audience and how they’ll react to the material I’m presenting. It makes me more comfortable knowing that I’ve already gone through the actions and emotions so when I actually get on stage, I know that it will be OK. Have you tried doing a guided visualization? Did it work for you?
- Women leaders in the corporate world are under represented and corporations are taking steps to increase diversity as well as work towards gender equality. Part of the solution is taking the time to evaluate data that illustrates how bias factors into a company’s corporate culture. Society still places women in a position of where we are the ones who have to find balance between our work and home obligations. This kind of pressure affects senior management due to increased work responsibility thus making it difficult for working parents.
- This is a long read and well worth the time. It saddened me to read about the experiences women went through with their women managers because for the most part, I haven’t gone through anything remotely close to the bullying that these women experienced. Fundraising is usually seen as a woman dominated field within politics and once you rise to senior leadership, you may be the only woman in a room full of men. If women are feeling the need to be the top woman in the room and they’re transferring those feelings to their teams (usually comprised of younger women) then the cycle is going to repeat itself. I’ve had women associates in my firm that I’ve tried to help elevate and mentor so that they can be role models to their future staff. Breaking the cycle of negative and abusive behavior needs to begin with all of us because we can all do better.
- In the current political environment, the negative connotations about working in politics seems to be extremely exacerbated. This industry has a reputation of being corrupt, especially when it comes to fundraising. Since I work in a field where my integrity needs to be stellar, I have to exhibit this quality 100%+ to be viewed as a leader. Regardless of what industry you work, showing integrity by being forthright as well as taking responsibility for your actions can build your influence.
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