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Assorted Reflections On Work (3/31/22)

Sometimes you have to let go and let God handle it.

Be honest with your team. It’s better than saying nothing. Simply tell them what you are allowed to tell them, and then stop. When people don’t know what’s going on, they get scared and fill in the blanks on their own.

It is what people don’t say that matters most. Make your ears receptive to that feedback.

Tip: Never take away the “red stapler*”. Organizational change of any kind is actually traumatic for many people—but paradoxically, we can handle big changes easier than small ones. Whether virtual or in real life, keep familiar things around as much as possible.

*A reference to the movie “Office Space,” which satirized corporate absurdity and as part of the story, highlighted one employee’s attachment to his beloved red stapler.

The best team members don’t wait for assignments. They identify problems, assign themselves the task of finding solutions, and engage others in helping them.

Along the way they ensure leadership is aware and supportive.

Focus on helping the organization to succeed and forget about yourself and your resume.

Most of all – enjoy the fact that you are learning.

We talked about how we can remember a face, but never a name.

“She told me her whole life story, and I don’t even know who she is.”

Then we repeated each other’s names back to each other, like three times.

Audiobooks are excellent tools for learning. They take a lot of time to listen to, but it’s worth it.

The local library may have a free audiobook program that works from your phone.

Whatever it is you think you’ve figured out — everyone already knows.

God bless the executive who makes people laugh.

By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal (Dossy). All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

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