Category / Professional Development
A simple thought on leadership….
It’s that simple and that complicated.
We MANAGE what we MONITOR.
It’s been a few years since I read the most excellent book, Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin. But, in organizations and in our lives, the quote below still proves true.
An Unexpected Cure for Procrastination
The procrastination cure may not be what you think….
It may require soul searching and evening therapy to root out what may be blocking your progress rather than yet another self help book or career coach.
I’ve struggled with procrastination my whole life. I’m only now learning that I’m not lazy or inefficient or a whole slew of other things I may call myself.
This journey is different for everyone, but it was a drilldown to a root of shame that is setting me on a journey toward freedom from procrastination. In my childhood, most attempts at participation in anything – from playground games (I was small and awkward) to simply speaking to classmates (I had a severe speech impediment) were met with ridicule and shame.
Fast forward several decades….. Even though I’ve long outgrown my skinny awkwardness and I even do public speaking now, I often find myself putting off the most simple of tasks. You see, certain responses were burned into my brain during my formative years (and, unfortunately, reinforced by some destructive relationships in my adulthood). To avoid the pain of relentless bullying on the playground at recess or lunch, I would simply avoid the pain of participation by hiding out in the library or the bathroom. So even in adulthood when faced with something to do, my first response is to dodge.
That’s when I have to tell that little girl that hid in the library or bathroom that it’s not her show anymore. “Grown Tracy” is taking charge now and realizes that in this present moment, avoidance in the form of procrastination will only bring pain rather than being a rescue from bullies that now exist only in my brain.
So, perhaps…. untangling from shame is the hidden key to unleashing focus and productivity.
Some Quick Thoughts on PROCRASTINATION
Just in case….
I’m sharing this just in case I am not the only one who needs to be reminded that our worth is always and only defined by our Maker, not by what we are able to do.
So, I’ve been seeing the thought, “People do not leave jobs, they leave #toxic work cultures”, being expressed by many different people in different ways across LinkedIn.
Those thoughts inspired this question: Dear Leader… Is the culture you’re creating cultivating collaboration or facilitating fear?
Words vs. Actions
I have loved words my whole life, from stories told to me by family to writing my first poem in second grade. But having a way with words and saying all the right things at the right time means absolutely nothing without action.
I can say I am committed to my job, but unless I put the work in on the projects – those words are meaningless. (I am sooooo preaching to myself today as I prepare to trade this little iPhone screen for the big screen of my work computer).
I think James, the brother of Jesus, put it better than anyone when he wrote, “Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, ‘Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!’ and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?” – James 2:14-17 MSG
Kind words may encourage the hurting for a minute. But authentic action can change people forever – beginning with you.
Do you DIALOGUE or just TALK?
You may want to look up the #TedTalk, “Why #SocraticDialogue should become our #BusinessCard” by Sira Abenoza on #YouTube and take a listen
Really good stuff!
In life and in work, are we actually dialoguing or just talking?
There’s a difference.
If we want to #dialogue, we have to trust and #OpenUp. This seems to be in opposition to so many other #BusinessModels teach. But it may very well be the only one that works!
How to Drive Continuous Improvement
Great principles for work and for life!
I’m reading a couple books by Eliyahu Goldratt right now and would highly recommend anything he has written!
These principles are most definitely applicable to my field of healthcare quality and patient safety.
I had a family member ask me what Patient Safety is in an attempt to understand what it is that I do. When I explained to him that death numbers from complications related to errors in health care are right up there with cancer and car crashes and that my work revolves around improving processes to make care safer, he replied, “Oh, I thought maybe Patient Safety Officer meant that you stood outside the hospital elevators to make sure patients had seatbelts on!” 🙂
Oh, sometimes I wish it were that simple. But principles like this can make keeping patients safe much simpler!
Principles on #DrivingContinuousImprovement
Based on #TheGoal by #EliyahuGoldratt – #RecommendedReading
•#Improve the overall #system, not just the individual parts