Work at Home or Live at Work

I’ll be brief in my remarks today but wanted to draw your attention to the great work that the Diversity Institute at the Ted Rogers School of Business at Ryerson University (and their partners) is doing. Their latest report is entitled “Work at Home or Live at Work: The complexities of new working arrangements.”

This report focuses on the experience of working from home and workers who have had to continue going in to their place of employment. The report also focuses on the future or work now that alternative options have opened up. I encourage you to read through the report and would be interested to hear from you about your take away from the report. 

Before you go off to read the report, don’t forget that we are still offering our highly-validated “Working from Home” personalized assessment.

You will be redirected to the appropriate page on the Diversity Institute’s website.

The Working from Home Personalized Assessmenting

Get customized tips for Working from Home based on your unique behavioural style. 

This micro report is brief at 7 pages but very relevant to today’s working environment. 

The report will provide insight into:

  • Your primary communication style
  • Your remote working tips
  • How to best communicate with people whose primary communication styles fall into one of 8 categories.
It only takes 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire and your personalized report will arrive in your inbox instantly (so make sure you enter your correct email address when you sign on).

One more thing! Please share this link with your colleagues and friends. There is no obligation – this is our COVID gift to all.

Never Compromise Your Values

Never Compromise Your Values

YOU are your values. Values are the part  of you that IS you. Values are the ‘why’ of your   actions. 

Your values are your core...

They are the “why” of your actions. Orienting around your values   doesn’t require a great deal of effort, or even setting goals (though you’ll find when you set your   goals in alignment with your values, that you’ll achieve them easier and faster, which is a much higher experience of fulfillment).  

Think of values as how you live, when you are really living as you. For example, some people are natural explorers. They were at age 6, and at age 40 they are taking adventure trips. The person with the value of exploring doesn’t have to make themselves go  explore – they  just do it or more likely seek out opportunities for exploration. Values may be culturally-based or genetically-based, or a combination. The purpose of my comments today is not to explain where   values come from, rather to discuss how to orient around them so that  you experience greater Personal Freedom. 

Values run extremely deep within us...

In fact, they run so deep that sometimes they act more like   turtles, hiding  themselves whenever danger is sensed. Values are easily squashed by needs, shoulds, and problems because they represent Danger. But our values always remain at our core. 

Think for a moment about a time that someone said or did something that really upset you. There is a very big likelihood that those words or that action offended one of your core values. 

General truths about orienting around your values...

Orienting around  your values affords a greater sense of fulfillment – and even when you don’t quite make your goals, the experience you get from being values-based will, itself, bring fulfillment.  

The benefits of orienting around your values...

10 Life Lessons from a Stoic Master

10 Life Lessons from a Stoic Master

Why is it that we tend to put our own personal development on the back burner? The first thing that often comes up is “no time.” Is that true? Do you really acknowledge that it is true? Or, is it a default response? What would it take for you to change that and make yourself a priority?

Wisdom from Seneca

Seneca was a “Roman philosopher, statesman, orator, and tragedian. He was Rome’s leading intellectual figure in the mid-1st century CE and was virtual ruler with his friends of the Roman world between 54 and 62, during the first phase of the emperor Nero’s reign.” according to Britannica.com. Seneca was a stoic philosopher.

According to Wikipedia, “Stoicism teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions; the philosophy holds that becoming a clear and unbiased thinker allows one to understand the universal reason (logos)”

Most of the time we are not living life but simply existing - allowing life to happen..

Watch this video ... for you!

I would encourage and challenge you to watch this 16-minute video entitled “10 Life Lessons from the Stoic Master Seneca.”

As much as I hate giving away the 10 lessons, here they are; but, you have to promise to watch the video!

The 10 Lessons

  • 1. Exercise Your Mind Daily
  • 2. Heal Yourself
  • 3. When Hungry Eat, When Tired Sleep
  • 4. Seek Your Own Applause
  • 5. Learn the Art of Contentment
  • 6. Live for Others
  • 7. Boldly Face the Struggles of Life
  • 8. Find an Anchor, Be an Anchor
  • 9. Don’t Just Live Long, Live Wide
  • 10. Create Your Own Philosophy

Once you’ve watched the video, I encourage you to reflect and choose one of the 10 lessons to focus on for your personal development. What will it take?

3 Ways Authentic Leaders Benefit From a Higher EQ

3 Ways Authentic Leaders Benefit From Higher EQ

Authentic leaders know that consciously working on their emotional intelligence (EI) or EQ (Emotional Quotient) score is not only critical to leadership success but also a life-long journey. 

According to TTI Talent Insights, a higher EQ makes you a better authentic leader by:

Focus on Yourself....

As you become more and more self-aware, you are then more able to self-regulate and ultimately improve your relationships with others.

Improving Rapport, Connection & Communication....

An authentic leader consistently behaves in congruence with their values, the organization’s mission, and makes people proud to work under this leader. The authentic leader that is socially aware and is mastering social regulation, understands the emotions of others and how to positively influence the emotional clarity of others. In other words, the authentic leader is very skilled at the art of observation and active listening.

Increasing Your Empathy....

The authentic leader inspires their people to believe in themselves and their work. This is that internal motivation is the “fire” that goes beyond external drive. Your internal fire will inspire others to light their own internal fires.

Click on the button below to obtain your copy of the 3 Ways EQ Makes You a Better Leader Infographic

Don’t hesitate to contact me to learn how EQ can become part of your learning and development plans strategy. Simply send me an email to begin the conversation.

Resilience: Top 10 Tips

Resilience: Top 10 Tips

Resilience continues to be a key strength and advantage particularly throughout the pandemic. Thanks to the Institute of Coaching’s Masterclass, I am happy to sharie these resilience tips with you.

Top 10 Resilience Tips

  1. Be compassionate with yourself
  2. Ground yourself in the idea that courage is not the absence of fear
  3. Be proactive in spotting the positive in the negative with realistic optimism
  4. Never stop cultivating confidence
  5. Take care of your body and your health
  6. Work on being calm, to enable you to make the right decisions in the moment
  7. Rely on support systems you have in place – we are not in this alone
  8. Be purposeful and engage in productive and meaningful activities
  9. Engage in nourishing habits like mindfulness, food and sleep, and social interactions
  10. Keep your eyes open for signs of stress including non-verbals in yourself and others

Which tip will you use first?

Strong Life Purpose and Values

Strong Life Purpose and Values

According to the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, “Research shows that having a strong purpose improves physical health and engagement in healthy behaviors.”

“Having a strong sense of purpose is defined by the authors as “having a set of goals based on one’s core values.””

Did you know that people who have values-based goals and a purpose are:

  • more likely to exercise more, take their medications and demonstrate healthy behaviours.
  • More open to hearing about the benefits of exercise.
  • May be more open to negative responses to health well-being messages.

Interested, read the full research article by clicking here.


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