Have You Made Time For Yourself Lately?

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Yes.  I’ve asked you a question, now, are you able to give an answer?  Have you taken some time for you lately?  We all know how important it is to make a good impression, to be seen as a hard worker, to take pride in your work and do it well, but have you stopped to take some time for yourself?  Through all the things we do and relationships that we cultivate it is really important that we stop and take some time to cultivate and build our own passions and interests.  Part of strong leadership is making sure that you are at your best, and taking time to indulge yourself could be the difference between being a leader that is mindful, positive and true and one that is self-absorbed and uncompromising.

When you decide to take time out for yourself, make sure that it is spent indulging your wants and needs.  It’s great to spend time with family and friends, but keep in mind that it is important to reconnect with yourself.  Amidst all the busyness of life, we often find ourselves doing for others more often than ourselves by making sure employees are happy, ensuring that the needs of significant others are met or spending time with children.  So when you finally have the time to truly do what you want, ensure that you make the best of it in order to feed your spirit.

The first thing you need to do when making time for yourself is to carve out and claim that time as your own.   Write it on the calendar, etch it in stone, do whatever you need to, but make the time. Try to find an opening at least every other week to do something that is just for you.  Whether it is going for a peaceful walk or taking a cooking class, taking time to indulge your interests will allow you the chance to put things into perspective as well as cultivate your growth as an individual.

What we tend to forget as we achieve our goals and build our business as well as endeavour to be the best we can be, is that we need to put ourselves on this list too.  We need to take the time and build ourselves up, to keep ourselves passionate, and to do what we do so well.  Lead.  Build.  We need to matter, so take time and make yourself count, because if you don’t, who will?

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4 Tips To Improve Office Politics

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Whispers around the water cooler, a side glance down the hall, perhaps a half empty table in the lunch room that oddly becomes full as an employee walks towards it.  Office politics are always present, sometimes buried deep (other times not so much) within the culture of a work force, but at the helm of the ship, what do you do to ensure that your employees are taking the high road rather than having co-workers walk the proverbial plank?  Here are a few ways to keep your office professional, and hopefully, with the right guidance and initiative, politicking free.

  1. Set a standard. A high one.  Make sure that you foster a culture of inclusion and respect in your work place.  Consideration and kindness go a long way, so create an environment where cooperation and humility thrive.
  1. Give opportunities for relationship building activities. Finding activities for employees to partake in that will build a sense of team spirit will often help to diminish a need for people to talk about others.  If bonds are strengthened and respect is cultivated, people will be less likely to talk about those they have relationships with.
  1. Don’t drink from the office cooler. Yes, I said it.  There are times when we often discover a soft spot for our employees, and perhaps, in a moment of weakness, feel compelled to share a tasty tidbit of information about who Joel is dating.    Refrain, refrain, refrain.
  1. Speak up. Being a leader also means having to do some of the dirty work.  If you find that there are certain people on your team that are insistent on undermining the work place atmosphere call them on it.  This is your place of business and you are the one that sets the tone.

Regardless of how your team is comprised, you will most definitely at some point come across office politics.  You will see firsthand how they can damage morale, create tension, and cause an insidious darkness to creep into the office.  Take the lead and don’t let it get out of control.

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