Category: Leadership

How do you respond when you’re called out at work?

How do you respond when you’re called out at work?

Two bricklayers are working alongside one another at a building site. A man walks by and asks one of them what they’re doing.

The first bricklayer replies, “I don’t know and I don’t care. All I do is slap this crummy mortar on these crummy bricks and pile them up in a crummy line.”

The other bricklayer smiles, proudly proclaiming, “I’m helping to build the new cathedral.”

We’ve all met people who focus on the “what” they’re doing instead of the “why” they’re doing it. It’s difficult to feel passionate about something when we’re missing the meaning behind what we’re doing and why we’re here.

So why are we here? What’s your purpose?

How a person defines purpose has as much to do with his or her mindset as it does with personal, philosophical, cultural, religious and scientific beliefs.

The Purpose of Knowing Your Purpose

Defining purpose in work, life and business is not about the daily tasks, it’s about the reason for the tasks in the first place – the why, not the what. Discovering purpose allows a person to create the vision behind the tasks, and knowing that vision can dramatically change results.

For example, a chef’s purpose is not to cook food – that’s a task. The reason for this task is…

Are you the CEO of your life?

Are you facing a crossroads on your life path?

You’re waiting for something to happen.  There are lots of signals and you’re waiting for “the one” to show up.  It could be making a change where you live, whether it’s downsizing from your house to an apartment, or moving to a different city where you currently live.  It could be the job you’re waiting to see posted or meeting the person that will change your life.  Any and all of these situations will change your life no doubt.

Beacon of Light in Your Career

Who is your career beacon of light?

The beacon of light provides the glimmer or spark of opportunity to figure out the most pressing questions you want answered.

The beacon doesn’t announce the answer, but provides enough hope for you to figure it out on your own.

Who wants to be told how to do anything?

You’d rather say I figured it out and I achieved it. 

Yes, there are times you say, just tell me when it’s taking too long time and you’ve tried many attempts.  Wouldn’t you rather have the beacon show you some light and a little love to learn on your terms?

Transformations Aren’t Always What Appear!

Recently, I had a conversation with a corporate CIO about transformations. We compared insights and observations when we worked together a few years ago. Ironically we shared similar comments about working in an organization where we supported different functions within the organization.

Connecting is about Perspective

We were comparing notes on changes that were made in the organization. It was interesting that both of us have left the organization for different reasons. I appreciated reconnecting on the conversation since a few years had passed since we last worked together. We have transformed others since leaving the organization. It takes a time to reflect on the lessons learned. We both had learned lessons after so many changes in the organization.  

Team Building Doesn’t Really Matter

Does Team Building really matter? Whose team are you on?  We have many labels and descriptors. Are you referring to my department or group, or the leader I report to?  Are you on the A Team or B Team? All this labeling doesn’t really matter? Until you learn the characteristics of each team, you really don’t care. Are teams really necessary anyway?

Being on too many teams is a drain of energy and focus.

Can you count how many teams you’ve been on? I actually stopped counting, there have been too many. They all require your time, energy and focus on the details. Yes, Department teams. Leadership teams. Management teams.  Project teams.