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Monday thought #15: My 3 Words for 2022

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #15: My 3 Words for 2022
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Those who know me a bit longer know that during the last years I've always chosen one or some words each year.

 

Words for what is important for me in life (and work) - and to focus on them throughout the year.

 

It does not replace setting (external) goals - it rather complements it. 

 

This year I chose 3 words.

 

Contrary to last year - where I only came to define them in February - this year they bubbled up fairly easily. I tried them on, rolled them over in my head and heart and waited for them to resonate.

 

They did. 

 

In this podcast series you'll hear

 

  • WHY defining a (or more) word(s) for the year make sense for everybody
  • What these words have to do with your external goals
  • What my words are (and why I chose them)

 

What I forgot to mention (despite announcing it during the podcast...) is how I make sure I won't forget these words throughout the year - so they don't meet the same fate as most NY's resolutions ;-)....as...

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An (involuntary) lesson of how to deal with uncertainty and unpredictability

The ups and downs with Covid and its consequences over the last couple of years were basically an intensive course to learn how to deal with uncertainty and unpredictability. 

I dealt with several unexpected situations this year (well, and the previous year). But during the last week, I had the ultimate chance to "test" how much my learning holds up. 

And I realized that there is particularly ONE thing that helps me (and a couple of other concepts on top of that) - which can even lead to unexpected results….more on that in a bit. 

We all know that situations/people close to our hearts affect us the most. 

So also in my story. 

Here's what happened.

My daughter - who has been living in the UK for quite some time - decided in the summer to come home for Christmas. After not having been home for the last 3 years (an attempt in 2019 went wrong due to some misinformation regarding trains and dogs….but that's another story).

We were all aware of the...

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Monday thought #14: The most important relationship you'll ever have in your life...

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #14: The most important relationship you'll ever have in your life...
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... for being or becoming a great leader. Or simply having the life you really want. 

One relationship?

Really? We need a whole network and many relationships to be successful, don't we?

Yes, absolutely.

And still, success and leadership starts somewhere else.

THE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF.

And having a good one is in fact rarer than you might think!

Last week I had several  conversations with people and I listened to a number of issues and challenges people face in their leadership roles. 

And  interestingly ALL of them led back to the same root cause: namely that the leaders  have not enough awareness of themselves and did not know themselves intimately.

We tend to look outside and notice other peoples's behaviour, their flaws, their patterns, their perks.

What many don't do often: look inside. 

Totally natural - we tend to be rather blind towards some of our own stuff for a number of reasons.

The most important one: NOBODY TAUGHT US HOW TO DO...

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Monday thoughts #13: Why communication between men and women (often) falls flat (and my epiphany)

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thoughts #13: Why communication between men and women (often) falls flat (and my epiphany)
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I'm currently reading a book which deals with a topic I'm exploring: how different men and women "tick" and what that means for communication and relationships inside and outside of the business environment.

It actually opens up a completely new aspect for, but not exclusively, leadership.

The book provided me with some insights which made sense to me, nothing revolutionary though.

Until I came to a part of the story where the author describes the different ways of thinking.

The masculine or male way - single focused.
And the feminine or female way - the brain goes in all kinds of directions.

Btw - this is not necessarily about gender...but often is...more in the podcast.

The fact is though - it impacts communication big time.
I clearly noticed that when the author describes the typical dynamic as a result of the differences. I had to laugh out loud - not necessarily because it was funny, but because I felt that she was talking about me (and some of the men in my life).

What an...

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Monday thought #12: "Stop glamorizing overwork & busyness"

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #12: "Stop glamorizing overwork & busyness"
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We need to stop glamorizing overwork and busyness - please! 

It's nothing to be applauded. Particularly when the consequences are dire. And still too many people wear exhaustion, a fully packed calendar which does not leave any breathing space and even burnout as a badge of honour. 

Why? 

Well, there are a number of factors. Having to do with beliefs we grew up with in our society (and believe me - they are utterly unhelpful!) and because we live in a (working) world where demands are so high that - most of the time - they literally cannot be fulfilled. 

Sounds like a conundrum? Maybe.

You've got the power though - to change it. 

Listen in to this week's Monday thoughts to learn:

1. The two major beliefs that keep us stuck in overworking and busyness
2. The underlying reasons why it's so hard to say good bye to overwork
3. The 3 main strategies to get out of overwork and busyness and towards more joy and energy.

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Human. Imperfect. And still worthy.

Some days ago, I attended a meetup where we talked about failure culture. Fascinating views and conversations. And it inspired me to write this up. Maybe it serves you too - if so, let I'd love to hear from you. Just drop me an e-mail at [email protected]

 

"I am really good at my job - and still make mistakes.

I adore honesty - and still I lie sometimes.

I have clear  boundaries - and still on occasions don't manage to say no.

I decided to not participate in drama - and still find myself in it from time to time.

I am a strong leader - and still, also soft and yearn to be taken care of occasionally.

I am generally organized - and sometimes still chaotic.

I'm a serious person - and still laugh about silly stuff.

I'm a feminist - and still love (most) men.

I'm a happy person - and can still fall into a black hole sometimes.

I generally know what's the right thing to do - and still fail to do it every once in a while.

I'm ambitious - and still have totally...

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Monday thought #11: "Let's talk about boundaries"

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #11: "Let's talk about boundaries"
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We all have them. Some many, some less. Some are very conscious about them (not SOO many though), most only sense them when they are crossed. Some give them a lot of thought, others none. 

Boundaries.

And different people around me react VERY different to this topic. Some believe boundaries are totally overrated, others keep a whole rule book and have not the slightest bit of flexibility. 

Question is though - why do we need them at all?  What's their purpose?

AND - how do I know or explore mine (got a nice and easy tool here).

And if we know them - what do we do with them then...particularly when they are crossed?

And why is it that we let others cross those boundaries? 

Valid questions. And I'm giving it a shot to answer them in this week's Monday Thoughts. 

Let me know what you think and/or if you agree or disagree.

Enjoy! 

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Monday thought #10: "The Cost of Fear"

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #10: "The Cost of Fear"
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Fear is the worst advisor in our life. And often people pay attention to it or their decisions are influenced by it without even realizing that it's fear they're listening to.

Been there, done that - and sometimes still do (when my awareness is lacking!). 

Fear is a common and daily companion for most people....and let's face it... it has its place and can prevent us from taking unnecessary risks...like crossing a motorway during rush hour.

The sensation of fear does not distinguish though between an actual threat to our life....or an emotional threat. It simply kicks in - worst case with dire consequences for our life costing us more than we care to admit.

Listen in to learn:

1. Why fear is such a bad advisor
2. The 4 main costs we pay for letting fear reign
3. The 2 major ingredients of the alternative way

PS: If you have any comments or questions, just drop me an e-mail at [email protected]

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Monday thought #9: "The power of response"

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #9: "The power of response"
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Do you know the feeling when someone annoys the hell out of you or something happens that kicks you out of balance and you simply react? In a way you always do when your "buttons" are pushed. 

Leading to feeling frustrated, angry or upset - and we're quick to blame the other person or the circumstances for that. 

There is a different way though. One that gives you control and power back. 

Listen in to 

1. What the power of response is
2. The two steps necessary to access and activate it

PS: Any questions or comments - just send me a message on [email protected]

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Monday thought #8: How to improve every day immediately

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Claudia Hesse, The Better Workplace
Monday thought #8: How to improve every day immediately
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On many days in our life and work things tend to go wrong. Not our way or simply in the wrong direction. And with it our mood gets worse and everything seems rather negative, nothing seems to go smoothly. 

Crash and burn the day?

That's one possibility.

There is another though - to brighten up the day immediately. Listen in to the (short) podcast to learn the simple but incredibly effective method which only takes a few minutes every day. And is worth every single one of it. 

Have a great week! 

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