Six months ago, I did a consultation with Alicia Butler Pierre, and several action-items came out of it. After doing my quarterly review, I realized two things: (1) I've completed most of the action-items. (2) What isn't complete is in progress.
Here's my shortlist:
I'm using the YouTube videos to create the audio podcast, taking care of number six.
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"What used to be a choice is now becoming a guarantee: We will all need to reinvent ourselves multiple times throughout our careers to remain employable."
Entrepreneurs know the necessity of reinvention all too well because if we don't, our businesses die. I have gone through several reinventions in my career from a corporate employee to an entrepreneur, Learning Specialist to Leadership Development Coach, and I'm still remaking myself right now by becoming a podcaster and author.
The pandemic has shown us all that change is constant, and we must be ready when it happens because we don't always have time to prepare. The old adage of "Stay ready, so you don't have to get ready" rings true today more than ever before.
Here are three tips to ensure we all stay employable in the future:
Problem Solver v. Opportunity Finder
Michèle Smole says, "Problem solvers view the world through a problem lens which leads to a negative view. They look at what is wrong instead of what is right, at what has happened in the past, and why and not what can happen in the future.
Opportunity finders on the contrary have a positive long-term outcome in sight. They still solve problems but see them as a barrier to the outcome they want to accomplish. They take responsibility for and make a conscious choice on the way they respond to problems. They don't strive to be the hero manager who saves the day but see every problem as an opportunity to learn and grow."
I was fortunate to have a manager early in my career that said, "When you bring me a problem, also bring a solution." That simple advice created a permanent shift in mindset and behavior for me. It forced me not just to see obstacles but also to find ways to maneuver around them. It became an SOP that I still follow. I don't always see solutions right away, but I know they're there, and I'll find them given time.
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Type Less, Talk More
Several recent experiments suggest that people may underestimate the positive consequences of connecting using our voice instead of text alone. This type of thinking has possibly lead us to a misplaced preference for "typing" to each other instead of "talking.'
There is something to be said for verbal communication. I'm the first to admit that I like to text, email, or IM, but I also value verbal conversations. There are things that you can hear in a person's voice that you miss with words.
A slight change in inflection can tell us a lot. An upward inflection where people change their voice pitch from low to high could indicate they're questioning what we're saying or feel surprised or confused. Downward inflections or high to low are considered to be more powerful and show confidence and certainty. The perception is that we're calmer when we use downward inflections.
Kumar and Epley say, "If you're sending a simple message, a quick update, or an attachment, then emails and texts are the way to go," which I agree with.
I also think when something is pressing or complex, pick up the phone and call (or talk in-person if you can).
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The Link Between Performance & Emotions
Dr. Michael Frisina says, "Human emotions are as complex as they are varied. In a span of one day, we all experience a significant number of emotional highs and lows. An average person in a high-stress environment may experience even more. Emotions do not take a break, and they always influence our behavior, performance, and relationships.
We read about the significance of leaders understanding the effect of their behavior on organizational performance. Rarely do we read about the link between disruptive emotions and achieving key results."
To get the results we want from our teams and be influential leaders, we must manage our emotions. When we are conscious of our emotions, we are also much more aware of what we say and do, and how it affects others.
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Until next time...
Latarsha Horne is an ICF Credentialed Coach who helps new and emerging leaders feel more confident, decisive and empowered to take charge and do their jobs. Her coaching style is energy-action based, open-minded, and straight-forward. If you want to be challenged and grow, she's the coach for you.