Wow. Post #100.
5 years of tips and insights with one intention: to show that leading people is not as bad as you think.
How to make this post special then?
Any journey worth sharing — professional or not — is nothing but a story. A story marked by advice you heard from mentors or teachers, read in a book or simply came up with.
And those words stick with you and pop up in your mind at the exact right moment to inspire, steer (or to be fair, save your ***)
Do you remember the first time you worked from home?
The relief of not having to commute. The freedom of organising the day as you wish to. The pleasure of being home “early” and spending more time with your family.
Commuting was a clear moment between work and home. Other small gaps during the day, such as lunchtime, coffee or even the school run acted as psychological breaks…
I often refer to my mentors.
But only recently did it occur to me that I should explain what made such an impact on me. And the answer is easy: all knew how to adopt a servant leadership mindset.
One of my first mentors was a wise Indian woman. She came across as sharp but with utmost respect for others and their values. At the same time, she was a tough cookie: leading a hard conversation or facing personal attacks was part of her day to day.
No matter the magnitude of the battle, she’d never let go of her…
Just a year ago, the Wall Street Journal headlined: “ The Most Anxious Generation Goes to Work “
Later in 2019, a report tragically announced that in the U.S, two-thirds of employees feel burnt out at work.
Do we need more to say that anxiety at work deserves to be taken seriously?
Just ask around. Some are stressed. Some are struggling. Others are on the verge of burnout.
And all too often, the discussion starts when it’s too late.
The other day, a friend asked me how I get over all the little challenges that now make up most of my day. I answered before I could even blink.
“It takes leading with confidence. Even if at times doubt becomes… your default state!”
To lead with confidence is to remain true to yourself and your values as you take responsibility for moving on, up and forward.
Yes, you lead for results. But any action you take originates deep in your mind, buried in your inner chatter. Where some voices are enabling and others limiting.
In the U.S., about two-thirds of full-time workers experience burnout on the job.
I wish we could start the year on a more positive tone. But that shocking news should be the wake-up call you need to take well-being at work seriously.
To be fair, there are more and more initiatives to improve workplace wellness: flexible working hours or more sophisticated mental health programs to address anxiety at work.
But if you are aware of the damaging effects of poor well-being at work; then this next step is something no one can take for you.
To take responsibility to look…
On the 1st of January 2019, it was a misty morning in London.
I sat for my first meditation of the year. I made sure I would be warm enough. Lightened up a candle. And closed my eyes.
Anchor. The word flashed in my mind in a millisecond.
That was intriguing. I’m a forest person ; the sea lover is my better half!
Was it time to check if my work, my life… were anchored into fertile grounds for the future? Was it time to lift my anchor and sail to new horizons?
I had to move back to continental…
It’s that time of the year…where everything is about goals (and reindeer!).
Career goals, life goals, business goals and, of course, resolutions.
There was a time, not so long ago, where I lived by goal setting — and told others it was the way to go.
But I have to tell you a secret. I found something better to help achieve whatever you want to do and go wherever you want to go.
I can honestly say the people I meet in my life belong to two groups.
In reality, they face the same exact challenges.
So what makes the difference? Is one smarter than the other? Has more drive? More willpower or self-discipline?
The first group is able to embrace a positive perspective, the other is not.
Their secret trick is cognitive restructuring (or reframing). …
So many people raise eyebrows when I float the idea in conversation. Discipline, a rigid thing, way too austere to match the creative and innovative world we know.
But discipline is one thing I’ve learned to appreciate over time.
Maybe it’s because I’ve “lived” a little more or maybe it’s because yoga puts you well on your way to self-discipline. And, as a yoga teacher, I constantly experiment with ways to increase willpower.
The people who come to my classes will inevitably do similar poses from one week to the other. They might succeed at first attempt, second or……
Founder, Yoäg: inspiration & yoga breaks. Conscious leadership lessons learned as I grow my wellness travel business.