Tips and advice on your leadership growth journey from Coach Shivana
Navigating the tumultuous waters of a stagnant career can trigger a cascade of emotional hurdles, and one particularly potent challenge is its profound impact on our financial well-being. The mounting frustration of feeling trapped in our professional journey is further intensified by the gnawing worry about our financial position. Even contemplating a job transition cannot shield us from these nagging concerns.
We often think of work as the act we do from which we earn an income. But work is broader than this definition. Patrick Lencioni, in his book The Working Genius, shows how work, of some sort, applies to almost all our waking hours. Whether it is in the office, volunteering for a worthy cause, or planning a fun event for our family, “We are getting things done,” and that is work.
We must be deliberate about actively showing our gratitude to others. The more specific we can be with team members about what we are grateful for the more impactful our expressed gratitude. I call this “observant gratitude” because it requires us to pay attention to our teams, observe their strengths, observe how they work with others, observe where they need more support.
Do you sometimes find yourself hearing about someone’s challenge or issue and then immediately you think about all the things they can do to either solve the issue or to better manage it? And quickly volunteer your solutions as sage advice to the person? Then as time moves on, you find yourself in a similar challenge, but don’t follow the sound advice you willingly dished out for someone else?
We do not automatically get better, we do not automatically become the leader we want to be, or achieve the goals we want. We must have a plan, with clear, practical steps. Practical does not mean easy, but it does mean that it is within our direct influence to apply effort toward, even if they are difficult and uncomfortable.