This is the story of why I got a tattoo. I hope you like it.
Welcome to spring in Saskatchewan. It was a long wait, but we did it. To celebrate the warm weather (when was the last time we had great weather during May long weekend?), I'd like to welcome our house Brainiac, Laurie Johnson, Owner of No Limits Fit Life, for another post on health and wellness.
Women are less likely to negotiate, period. This can have far-reaching impacts in our families, our social circles and our professional lives. Everything from the division of duties in the home, teamwork, boundaries in relationships, stretch opportunities, promotions, salary, hours of work, vacation, benefits and title. And what about the negotiation that goes on in our heads? These are the negotiations we have with ourselves. It's narrative that shapes our self-esteem and our confidence.
Hey Career Adventurers! Today I want to share one of my secrets to survival on the career and parent journey. It's vitamins. And before I start, I want you to know this is nothing fancy and this isn't to sell you anything. It's just the basics of vitamins -- how they help me to regain ground after stressful events and stay on top of my game.
The majority of people are born with the ability to be empathetic and to respond with kindness. Notwithstanding psychopaths of course. That makes us all well positioned to unleash some kindness out into the world. This week, I had the pleasure of co-chairing Career Women Interaction's Women in Leadership Conference in Regina. This is my second time participating in the conference, and I was even more impressed this time with the caliber of leadership.
The long weekend is the best weekend, especially for parents. Why on earth does the weekend only have two days? For an instant today, I wanted to go back in time and find the guy who decided it should just be two. If I had a time machine, I'd give him a real talking to. Turns out, it was Henry Ford.
When you get a leadership opportunity, you have to lay the groundwork. Be deliberate about creating your leadership presence. Don't just assume your typical approach to engaging with others will do the job. It is important that you find out about the leader living inside you and how you want that to show up to others.
Are good ideas flame retardant? If not, why don't they catch and spread like wildfire? Being a 30-ish woman, working to change the world, there is always the inevitable encounter of resistance to change. Some of this is the double bind women face in the workplace -- too much confidence, ambition or success correlates to dislike and rejection. But some of this is something else. As if one insurmountable, giant, harry gnarly barrier wasn't enough!
When I was first starting out in my career, I was a lone wolf. I was singularly responsible for my performance and my success. I wasn't interested in joining networking groups or meeting new people at luncheons or around the office. All I had to do was do a good job and everything would be ducky. Well, that was a load of crap.
Leaders must always tend to their own mastery of leadership, ensuring they have the self-awareness, knowledge, capacity and emotional intelligence for the job. They must develop a leadership presence, and use that to set a steady pace for progress and to inspire people to take on challenging tasks with energy and optimism. And while they do all of this important internal work, they always have to keep their own ego in check, knowing that nothing is about them.