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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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A real life example of boundaries at work…

“Hey Chris, I noticed you declined the meeting. Everyone else is available, can you clear your schedule and be there?”

“No, I can’t be there. Can it go ahead without me?”

“It’s really important that you’re there. Everyone else can make it, what can I do to help you be there?”

“There’s nothing you can do, when the meeting is on I’ll be putting my kids to bed and reading them stories. Either we rearrange it or it goes ahead without me.”


What’s the lesson?

If you don’t know what time is important to you, you won’t protect it and you’ll allow others to take it from you.

What’s the challenge?

Create a new boundary today. What time do you need to protect?

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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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