Take this quick poll before reading the blog post. “Do You Share What You Do For A Living With Your Children”?
I am not sure how you answered the poll, however let’s talk about why there is value in sharing what you do with your children.
Developing a career path is a life long process, it usually starts in childhood and continues along with different choices, opportunities, on-going learning and achieving more and more experience. Most people decided on their careers when they were children. Parental engagement and involvement were key factors in influencing the child on pursuing their dream career, values and work ethic. Having positive and encouraging conversations with your children about your own career decisions is very valuable to them.
Talk with your children about your career story:
Start with your first job.
How you prepared or not prepared in high school and/or college with your career choices.
Talk about your networking connections, clubs, courses etc.
Discuss about the people who shaped you during your career; such as bosses, co-workers, mentors, coaches and etc.
Tell about your good choices and bad choices that influenced your career.
Discuss “What you would do differently”.
The amount of time you spend sharing and encouraging your children will open up their minds to think about what type of career they want and start working towards a plan of action to achieve it. It is important for children to discover their own strengths and interests. Have them try out as many different kinds of tasks and jobs to see what they like and don’t like. This will help them make a better decision on what career path to pursue.
Everyone experiences stress here and there in their lives and for most of us, work is often the cause of high-stress levels. But how stressful is your job really? Is it time to look for another one, are you experiencing maybe just the right amount or are you completely winning at the Life-Work Balance game?
This month, I am offering a short (and fun) quiz to help you see where your ‘stress-o-meter’ lands. It will take you a few seconds and the results may surprise you. Come back here and let me know how you faired or visit my Facebook page and comment. Looking forward to seeing if there are any surprises for you based on your results.
Whether you have been in leadership for a long time or aspiring to be in some type of supervisory role it is good to have a career path in mind with goals and a excellent support system to keep you on the right path.
Here are some strategies to assist you in your leadership journey:
Take time to learn and reflect from your experiences whether they are good, bad or ugly.
Ask others in leadership roles you admire to mentor, coach or teach you what they know. Don’t underestimate the importance of having a good coach or mentor in your life to assist you along the way. Having a good leader to follow is priceless.
Invest in hiring a Certified Professional Leadership Coach.
Read a variety of books and blog post articles on leadership.
Attend leadership conferences, seminars, and training classes.
Join Toastmasters International to help you gain confidence with your public speaking and leadership skills.
Leadership is a on going process of sometimes making mistakes and learning from those mistakes and choosing not to make them again.
Here are some questions to ponder to keep you on the right leadership path:
How do you speak to others?
Do you enjoy working with others?
Are you a team player?
Are you willing to be accountable for other people’s actions?
Are you willing to hold yourself accountable for your actions, admit when you are wrong and apologize when needed?
Are you willing to give honest constructive feedback to staff members?
Are you dedicated, dependable, trustworthy, ethical and loyal to your company and employees?
How did you feel after answering these questions?
You really need to take these questions seriously if you are want to be in supervision. Being accountable for yourself and others is not something to take lightly. There are times when mistakes happen and you have to accept the consequences of those mistakes and not blame everyone else around you but take responsibility even when it is one of your staff members who did it. No excuses. Learn from it and move on. That is true leadership. ~ Patti
Now that summer is here and it is heating up the motivation to get away from your desk and take a walk outside may not be very desirable when it is very hot outside. However for better health and your sanity, it is important to get away from your office desk periodically or at least take a few moments to stretch and get your blood circulating.
Here are some tips to get your body moving, blood circulating and reduce stress: Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Take a 15 minute and walk around the office.
If working on the computer all day, shake your hands rapidly. Do this several times throughout the day.
Stretch your wrists, stretch your arm out with palm down, with your other hand, pull fingers down. Hold for three seconds. Then pull up on fingers. Hold for three seconds. Repeat and alternate three times.
Do shoulder and neck rolls in a circular motion. Repeat 10 times.
To stretch your ankles and calves, hold one foot off the floor with your leg straight. Flex your ankle pointing your toes up. Extend your ankle pointing your toes down. Do this ten times and repeat with your other leg .
Sitting in your chair circle with your toes by moving one foot clockwise and then counter-clockwise and repeat by switching feet.
To work your chest and shoulders, place both hands on your chair arms and slowly lift your bottom off the chair. Lower yourself back down, however stop short of the seat and hold for a few seconds. Repeat 10 times.
Sit facing forward in your chair, turn your head to the left and your torso to the right, then hold a few seconds. Repeat 10 times and switch sides.
Sitting in your swivel chair with your back straight and feet hovering just off the floor, place your fingertips on the edge of your desk and twists to each side starting from the left and then the right. Repeat 10 times.
There are benefits by taking a few minutes to exercise and stretch throughout the day. By exercising and stretching employees can improve their work-life balance with squeezing some exercise into their busy life. Research has shown employees who spend time being physically active are more likely to have job satisfaction and are less likely to develop job burnout.