A book I'd recommend to anyone wanting clarity on what they want in their life – in terms of career, work and life out of work, is The Passion Test by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood (2007; Publishers: Hachette Australia). It's full of thought provoking questions and observations; and The Passion Test itself. A very worthwhile read.
I've been in several meetings of late when the many participants filled the air with much corporate or jargon speak. The two most popular phrases used (I lost count of how many times it was used within 15 minutes) were '…give you a quick heads up' and 'so going forward….' I find jargon phrase overkill all a bit much really and I find my mind drifting off completely, wondering what other phrases will surface to be bashed to death around the meeting table.
Have you ever wondered why so many meetings are a complete waste of time and money and do little but irritate the participants? There are a number of ways meetings waste resources and drive people to despair because: they may not start or finish on time; they may not follow a set agenda; too much time is spent on minor issues and little on the major ones; attendees haven't come prepared so time is spent recapping issues;
I’ve almost reached the point where I don't want to read the newspapers or watch the television news anymore. I was in Vietnam recently for a few weeks and without access to any mass media channels. I discovered that being free of a daily diet of economic doom and gloom stories and the relentless coverage of violence and mayhem was bliss. In coming back into that daily diet, I've been reminded of the negativity that surrounds us on a daily basis and how it can easily influence people's mood,
Just recently I was part of a small new group that had come together for a specific, time limited purpose. It was interesting to meet the people at the initial group meeting and get a sense of who they were and what they would be like to work with over the following weeks. As it happened, some but not all of my initial first impressions were accurate, which made me think about how conscious we may or not be,
I read in a card recently that "Life is change, Growth is optional. Choose wisely". I've been reflecting on it for weeks and identifying the opportunities I've had over the years and the choices I've made to either grow or stagnate accordingly.
*What have your choices been, when faced with change?
*What areas have you allowed yourself to grow and develop in?
*What areas might you be stagnating in?
Have you ever been in a situation where you "felt" something wasn't quite right for you but you ignored the feeling, proceeded on and then discovered later that it wasn't right for you for good reason and you wished you had listened to your inner voice? If you have done this, you are in very good company. Many of us function fully at a head level using our rational minds and dismiss or ignore what the rest of our bodies tell us
The lead up to the Christmas holiday season gets many people into hyper drive as they try to finish things up at work so they can come back to a clear desk after the holidays. That, plus making holiday plans, gift shopping and attending end of year functions etc means a great deal of additional stress can be created on top of the normal everyday activities. Instead of getting into hyper drive, an alternative is to deliberately slow down and plan for what needs to be done;
Have you ever noticed how often people say things like "I'll need to get my head around that" or "it's going round and round in my head" as a way of saying they're trying to understand something or make a decision about something? I love these phrases because they signal where the beginning point is for change, albeit to our thinking, our actions or what we may say about ourselves and others our minds.