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What’s good for the organisation is good for me

As an employee there will be occasions where I won’t understand fully why we’re doing things. Sometimes I won’t be able to see the bigger picture or have clarity on the context.

And there’s one thing that I need to accept and get clear on – there’s only one person that has the principal responsibility for charting and protecting the future of the organisation…and that’s the CEO.

Instead of complaining and resisting change, can I trust that the leader of the organisation is doing their best to protect the future of the company? Can I allow them do their job? Can I accept that what’s good for the organisation is good for me?

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How to respond when you make a mistake at work

You made a mistake at work. It happens to us all. However, it’s how you respond to the mistake that matters the most.

How can you turn this mistake into an opportunity for personal and professional growth?

  1. Admit it, own it, apologise for it
  2. Take responsibility and clean up my own mess
  3. Don’t make the mistake of thinking I’ve got nothing left to learn
  4. Show respect by listening to my manager and peers
  5. Take on the feedback so I can learn and grow
  6. Am I Being coachable in this moment? (If I was coaching me, what would I be thinking?)
  7. What am I learning about my own level of self-awareness?
  8. There’s always the possibility that I could be wrong?
  9. Making a mistake is painful, but staying ignorant will be more painful in the long term
  10. How is my behaviour being observed by my peers?
  11. What can others learn from my mistake?

What’s something you’d like to work on? What would you add?

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I will deliberately choose the challenging work because…

  1. I know it’s good for me
  2. I know it brings out the best in me
  3. I know I’ll learn, grow and get better
  4. I know I’ll discover what I’m truly capable of (thanks, Steven)
  5. I know I’ll feel great about work when I’m on the other side
  6. I know I’ll be reminded of what’s important to me
  7. I get to ask my peers for help

What’s another reason why we should choose the challenging work?

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Resentment & Self-Sabotage

When I act and behave in a way that goes against my own values and principles, it’s often as a response to what other people have or haven’t done or said.

It can be an act of punishment – “f*ck you, and if you don’t care [about this thing] then why should I?”

It’s also about me creating expectations for other people’s behaviour based on my own values, which is always going to backfire.

Related Article: Letter XI: Ideals and expectations

What arises is anger, frustration, and the feeling that is mostly prominent in these moments is resentment.

Until this week I thought I resented other people, which, of course, is not a good place to be…but the truth is that I end up resenting myself.

The resentment is for not being true to myself and my own values. For not living with integrity.

So, instead of being easily swayed by other people’s actions and behaviour, and ultimately self-sabotaging, I must come back to my values, do the right thing, and live and act with integrity.

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