Sunday, July 5, 2015

Do you see a Leader in you?

Feeling like middle income class at work? How often have you heard the phrase manage up? 

I've gone to several communication classes and I hear speakers say, you don't want to manage up and others that say the opposite.  I say MANAGE UP! 

Did you know that even if you are not in management you can be an effective leader? Did you know that your suggestions and work ethic do make a difference.  Even when you have an ineffective leader taking ownership of your current role makes you a leader.  

Leaders are many, those that set the tone for the office or even department.  Leaders are people like YOU that go to work every day on time and ready to work. You think others don't see you but they do.  It's being an effective communicator, valuing your position and knowing that everything you do does make a difference. 

Feeling like moving on to another company because your manager sucks or your not happy at work? How about gaining some courage and defining your own role.  Summarize your own duties and look at your current job description, how off are they? Probably a lot. Take charge, write it up and go have a meeting with your manager and ask them to review your work.  Don't be afraid to ask for a challenge with the intent to be promoted or given a challenge.  Even if you don't stay you can take with you KNOWLEDGE.  

Here's an excellent book on LEADERSHIP. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Keep moving forward

Everyday we are given a chance to leave our mark on the world. How will you contribute to your community today? I don't claim to be Mother Theresa but I expect to live my life to the fullest by achieving my dreams, helping others achieve their dreams, teaching my children the same principles and paying no attention to the haters.

If there is one thing I have learned over the years is that there is always someone there to tell you every step of the way how much you are wasting your time. That's why you have to keep walking while tuning out the negativity.

Just remember that you never walk alone. Believe in yourself and surround yourself by positive people. Wake up everyday seizing the day!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking outside the box, really does just mean, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX!

How many close minded people have you crossed paths with? Are you one? Are you open to new experiences? Have you tried something new in the last 30 days?   Are you always the one that says NO to spontaneous activities? If you said YES to any of the above questions you haven't been living life to the fullest.

It's okay to color outside the lines! Anytime you want! The same applies to other people. No one is perfect. STOP BEING SO SENSITIVE TO EVERYONE ELSE'S BEHAVIOR! JUST BE YOU! I don't mean to shout but how many of us just need to hear it a little louder? I know I do sometimes.

Trying something new is not just diving out of an airplane, although I admit, I don't think I could ever do that. I would however go do indoor skydiving, that seems safe, I think, but still nerve wrecking. Hmm...maybe I need to think about that one. :)

Recently I took up designing spaces again.  I've often doodled here and there but remodeling my basement has really taught me the true meaning of  "patience is a virtue." I forgot how much drawing makes me happy.  It's good for the brain. I've had to draw out spaces over and over because the ideas keep coming to me, so I'm learning to have patience with my own brain.

So my new task in the next few weeks is getting my husband to teach me how to properly use the table saw and make some of my projects. First up, shadow boxes. Wish me luck!

Oh and one more thing, you don't always have to do these activities with only those in your household. Try venturing off and doing new things with new people or those you haven't seen in weeks, maybe months, wow that would really be coloring outside the line! :)