I can imagine how this caption might evoke a number of negative comments about the fact that something like self-confidence doesn’t belong in business. It belongs there more than we think. For most of you, the core of your business lies somewhere else and you don’t have the time to observe how everything affects the outcome of your organization or team, and to what extent. Self-esteem has an absolutely fundamental impact on how we function and can radically change business and relationships yet at the same time, not much is openly said about it in business. Why? Because it is a topic which makes us very vulnerable when we bring it up. And at the same time a topic which, if we don’t bring it up, causes tremendous damage without us realizing it.
They are everywhere around us, often being overlooked and underestimated, but still with a great power and the potential to develop our lives. Their potential to create is as strong as their potential to destroy. We hardly ever pay them the attention they deserve, even if they influence our lives more than we like to consciously admit. If we succumb to them, they turn our lives to hell and we become no more than puppets. We don’t want to see them, hear them or smell them. The more we neglect them, the bigger influence they have on us, without us even noticing. Still no clue? Well, please, meet …Emotions.
M. Benioff (Salesforce), O. Winfrey, B. Clinton, R. Murdoch, 50Cent, Google, Ford, Goldman Sachs and others. What do all of these companies, their CEO’S and influential business leaders have in common? They all practice Mindfulness and the Art of Meditation to be more efficient, more effective and happier.
In February I wrote about busyness and how busy we are nowadays and few tips how to get from the never-ending circle of our busyness. Unfortunately (or maybe, fortunately) in order to better manage our time, tasks, duties and activities we need to go much deeper. Our busyness is only a symptom of a deeper problem, which can not be solved by “technical advice” like always start with the most important issue, make a to-do list etc. That might help us to be more organized, but it doesn’t lead us to the core. And the core of being busy (and of procrastination) lies very often in our self-esteem.
Thanks to the inspiration of the social network Linkedin, I decided, that during February I write and publish a short summary of each day. I wanted to try how it’s to write every day a short reflection on what happened, why to actually do it and whether I managed to keep writing all days.
I had no idea how much useful yet simple tool I started to use for my personal growth. Earlier I used to write my diary, however, rather randomly. These short “text messages” for myself were focused more on experience rather than on the description of activities and it was always pleasure closing of each day. It always tooked just 10-15 minutes and 50-70 words (sometimes only 1 or 2 words) for a brief summary of what was important for me on given day.
And what all this experience has brought me?
Do we live in the world of ‘busyness’ or the world of ‘business’?
Doesn’t it seem strange to you that the words ‘busyness’ and ‘business’ are similar?
Whenever I ask someone how they are, the reply is almost always a variation of ‘I’m busy’. A more or less unhappy face is quickly changing to mock happiness, which should persuade me as well as the person themself that everything is just fine. To be busy has become normal.
At the same time we have given up our responsibility for our own time-management. We all have the same amount of time, each day – 24 hours, 1 440 minutes, 86 400 seconds. What is YOUR CHOICE going to be?
“Every decision made by headquarters takes responsibility away from people in other parts of the organisation and reduces the number of people who feel that they are effectively helping and contributing to the functioning of the organization” Dennis Blake
Responsibility – one of the many topics that companies and teams imagine is not problematic for them but the opposite is true. And yet the question of accepting responsibility, like most important things, is basically very simple. Responsibility begins at the moment when we decide that we will accept it. Therefore it is only a question of OUR CHOICE.
Clients who has been coming to me last few months and 5 workshops on giving (and receiving) feedback which I led on job fair HR days in Prague show me how, this important capability is underestimated and difficult, despite the fact, many people from majority of organizations attend regularly many trainings on giving feedback. I have made few interesting observations, during conversation with my clients and during workshops, which might help you to be better, not only at giving feedback but actually at receiving it as well.
Recently I have read the article about five main reasons why employees leave company. They were as follows from no. 5 to no.1.
- No recognition & reward
- Meaningless work
- Bureaucracy & politics
- No career path
- Their manager
It’s absolutely fine to leave the company because one of the mentionned or any other reasons. It’s natural to make changes in our lives. However before you make a step out from “your” company, you have to be sure that you have taken a lesson. Deep understanding and acceptance of what is going on in your current workplace is crucial for your next career steps.