A casual glance at a cell phone while talking with a co-worker. Saying hello to a passer-by while walking to the copy machine. Interrupting someone just to say what is on your mind. Stopping to greet the front desk receptionist.
In my front yard, a beautiful flowering vine grows. Each spring, it peaks out of the ground and within weeks, it covers a section of a flowerbed. Unfortunately, without proper direction and intentional scaffolding, it overshadows other plants, which experience stunted growth and premature death. The laws of gravity do not have mercy on the covered plants as the unattended vine continues its horizontal crawl. Unintentional damage and destruction take place not because the vine intends to do so. Rather, it is a by-product of growth and a lack of care by the gardener (me).
As a tax manager, "busy season" is both demanding and time consuming. So, what do I do to burn off stress after busy season?
"Oh, so this is just an entry-level job?" "I guess it's a good way to get your foot in the door." As an administrative professional, I've heard these sayings more times then I like to count, and I use to believe others were right. I used to believe my role was just entry level, that I should look for a way to move out of my role and into a new one quickly, and enjoying what I do must somehow be…wrong. Then I started to wonder, what if I stopped defining my career path as an administrative professional by their logic? What if I decided to own the fact that I'm good at what I do, I enjoy what I do, and I see the value and impact I have on my team? Less than a year ago, I came to this very impactful realization and just in time!
Let me preface this by saying I am certainly not the healthiest person in the world. I have always tried to make reasonable diet decisions and get out to get some exercise. However, things such as kids, long work days and stress tend to get in the way. I want to share some recent changes I made and how pervasive those have been to my happiness at work, productivity and overall well-being in other areas of my life.
I do not fully trust my children. Now, before you recoil in outrage, hear me out. There are somethings where they have or will gain my trust, but there are some areas of life where I do not trust them and for good reason.
As a business leader we often hear the phrase, "you need to work on your business not in your business.”
In my previous post, 3 Indicators that your Process is Broken, I provided insight on how to identify when a process is broken. As a follow-up to that, this post focuses on the steps to take in order to fix a broken process that you have identified.
The majority of the clients I serve are businesses that are experiencing growth. While growth for a business is exciting, it can also be overwhelming if your processes can’t keep up with the demand. The processes that worked well for your $10M business, often don’t work when you’re a $40M business, and the processes that worked for your $40M business, often don’t work when you’re a $100M business, and so on.