Ideas I Liked This Week.

More Gourds

Columbia Gorge

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”  ~  F. Scott Fitzgerald


Being a stay-at-home parent is a luxury – for your spouse.

Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything.

Jogger pants can look professional.

This breakfast keeps me going for hours: Avocado and Egg Toast


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Management Quick Tip: Watch your thoughts.

No no. Thank you!  by Aaron Stidwell

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habit.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
– Lao Tzu

As a busy manager, it’s easy to overlook the important role you play in creating your own workplace culture.  The mindset you bring to your job can impact the destiny of the whole organization.

I know…it sounds a bit airy-fairy.  But I believe it to be true, my friends.

 

(Photo by Aaron Stidwell via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

 

Fighting negative self-talk…with water?

monochrome by Steve Johnson

Do you have a phrase that seems to pop into your mind unbidden, like a sort of mental tic?

I do:

“I’m tired.”

Now, I have a toddler, so I actually am tired quite a lot of the time.  But not nearly as often as this phrase runs through my head.

It’s like an internal sigh, when I’ve gotten plenty of rest but my energy is low or my task list seems extra long.  Sometimes, I hear myself say it and I don’t even know why.

It’s a negative habit that impacts my perspective and I need to break it.

So here’s what I’m trying:

When I hear myself think “I’m tired“, I quickly go and chug a glass of water.

The action takes me out of my head and refocuses me elsewhere, so I don’t start to dwell on the negative thought.  And, since tiredness can be a symptom of mild dehydration, drinking water helps improve how my body feels overall.

Mind and body taken care of?  Seems like a win-win.

Let me know what you think.

 

(Photo by Steve Johnson via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

 

Leadership, Amazon and The Boss: 5 Things I Found Useful This Week

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Jay Wennington via Unsplash

1.  Megan Borrie’s thoughts on leadership…it’s a personal thing.

2.  Jeff Goins’ podcast on building discipline, mastery and how Amazon is leveling the playing field for independent authors.

3.  Looking for great, free images for your blog?  Check out Unsplash.

4.  Want to create your own awesome images with just your phone?  Check out 11 Tips To Better Phone Photos.

5.  I was 11 years old when Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA was released and I can still sing every word to every song.  I seriously wore that cassette tape out!  Hat tip to Sarah Von Bargen for sharing Dead Man’s Town, a 30th anniversary tribute, with indie artists covering all the songs on the original album.  So good!

 

Your job is not about doing your tasks.

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We all know smart, hard-working people who have been individual contributors for years.  And we also all know smart, hard-working people who have quickly jumped from entry-level to management, seemingly overnight.  So, what is it that sets these fast-trackers apart?  They have figured out one of the fundamentals of career momentum:

Your job is not about doing your tasks.

Your job, no matter what level you’re at, is about helping the organization achieve its goals, realize its vision and fulfill its mission.  The tasks on your job description are only important to the extent to which they enhance organizational performance.  Fast-trackers get this.

Now, one of my favorite Secrets of Adulthood is that the opposite of a great truth is also true.  So, yes, your job is about doing your tasks.  The foundation of any career is doing the work and doing it well.  You have to start there.

Then it’s time to explore how your work fits into the bigger picture.  Look for ways to streamline and optimize.  Find synergies between your tasks and the tasks of other team members, work groups or departments.  Share your ideas.

Look up from your task list, shift your thinking from how to why, and prove you have the big-picture vision of a leader.

 

 

September!

September

The Dalles, OR

How can it be the 8th of September already??

August was a crazy, busy, awesome month.  Although I didn’t meet my goal of posting a photo EVERY day, I still enjoyed the challenge of focusing on images over words for a month.  The daily August Break email prompts from Susannah Conway were brilliant and I highly recommend exploring her work.

I’m eager to start posting again and have been jotting down ideas and thinking about where I want to take this blog over the next year.  Along those lines, I’m also working on a short ebook and will have more details to share shortly.

So, lots to do this month!  I look forward to sharing it with you.  Here’s to a fabulous Fall!

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