Friday, November 23, 2018

November Leadership and Workplace Monday Roundup

keywords:  leadership, workplace, workplace culture, being an employee, mentorship and mentor relationships, mindfulness and leadership

November's roundup of favorites from the Facebook Page theme day, 

"Leadership and Workplace Mondays"

The Key to a Mindful Work Life from

Have you cultivated all 5 types of mentor relationships?
mentor #1:  the master of craft
mentor #2:  the champion of your cause
mentor #3:  the copilot
mentor #4:  the anchor
mentor #5: the reverse mentor
source: TED article, The 5 Types of Mentors You Need in Your Life

Compassion in Leadership, How Compassion Builds Better Companies by Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn:
"Create the right culture, and you create a competitive advantage." 
"The flip side is developing a culture with a compassionate those....create a culture where people take the time to understand the other person's perspective, and not assume nefarious intention; build trust; and align around a shared mission. After nearly 10 years, I still celebrate the fact we can make important decisions in minutes or hours that some companies debate for months.  Create the right culture and you create a competitive advantage."
YouTube video of the talk

Workplace Resource: was bought by LinkedIn in 2016 and is available as part of their LinkedIn Learning subscription service.  However, if LinkedIn Learning is not in your budget nor available at your worksite and you want access to, go in to your public library.  Many systems already have a library subscription that is available to patrons (if you have a card, you have access).  If you are not sure if your local library system has it, ask your librarian or your library's designated reference librarian.

The Mind of a Leader 
When leaders are (1) mindful, (2) selfless, and (3) compassionate, this creates trust and social cohesion.  So, when hard times arise, the organization will be ready and resilient.” A 2018 Lunchtime Listen recommendation.

On Servant-Leadership Mindset:  how are you starting your day?
Which self are you starting the day with?  Your task-oriented self or your reflective self?
"When I wake up, I like to put my hands on my knees, sit on the side of the bed and think about what I am going to do today, how do I want to behave, what my values are,' Blanchard said. 'This way, you go into each day with a clear purpose - in this case, being a servant leader.  And now, instead of spending the whole day snapping orders and checking boxes, you can be strategic and focus on bringing the best out of your people."    source:  LinkedIn Learning article 10.29.2018  and related video clip.

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Leadership and Workplace Monday: A Leader who practices Mindfulness and Self-awareness is a Positive Force

keywords: leadership, mindfulness practice, self-awareness, change-agent skills

From, a long interview article, "The Key to a Mindful Work-Life", written by Sharon Saltzberg, 09.20.2018.  Read the full article on the website.

There were several good take-aways from this interview.  Here are my notes.

"Leadership is never about your title or the size of your budget or how many people you manage.  Leadership is always about influence.  Whether you're a sole practitioner, or you're leading a family, or you're leading a clinic, or leading a multi-billion dollar company, it's about influence.....Do you influence more often for better or more often for worse?"
"What we're aspiring to is every day to feel as though we have more often influenced for better and less often influenced for worse.  And to do that we have to learn a lot about ourselves and what's going on in our bodies and minds and what hooks us emotionally, and how we can connect more fully to the big picture and the people around us."

Mindfulness does not make a feeling disappear.  When you mindfully work through self-reflection, you use your principles to guide you toward how you act in the moment.

"We can't change everything around us, but we can change how we meet it."
Wisdom is..."a complete experience that sees more clearly how things actually are.  We can come to feel in our bones the frustration of trying to control something we will never be able to control or having extreme standards of perfection.  It's wisdom that tells us not to be indifferent to the needs and challenges surrounding us but to be balanced."
Wisdom helps us "recognize that the results we seek and the influence we have may not be so apparent right away."

Planting ideas for the Change-Agent:
"it may be that all we're able to do is plant a seed.  It's going to take some more time for something to unfold, a new change in policy or a process that's going to take some time.  We can dissolve a lot of that frustration if we have some insight into not being in control:  I can't just say poof and have everything accord with my view."

It is too common in the U.S. that the workplace has too much busyness causing unhealthy behavior--> you need time to drink water and go to the bathroom, at a minimum.  There is no substitute for good quality (and quantity) sleep.
"One of the most shocking things I ever heard from a medical director was that they were overrun by prescriptions for two things:  sleeping pills and bladder infection medication, because people don't go to the bathroom as often as they should.  People don't take time for a good lunch."
"If you're running on four, five hours of sleep and you're not eating well and you're not taking care of yourself, you can't be at your best and as a society we can't afford that.  We really need leaders who can be role models of self-care and who can find the win-win-win solutions we need today:  good for the organization, good for the employee, good for society."

Mindfulness and Self-Reflection for the Leader
"Mindfulness gives us a glimpse of certain basic truths about life, such as that everything is changing all the time.  It's one thing to know that intellectually, which we all do, and it's another thing to have an increasingly embodied understanding of that."
"You may have carried the smaller perspective that a strong leader is somebody who takes strong command, but you may begin to see that this smaller picture of leadership doesn't include listening, inclusion, or accommodation of other points of view.  It's me-centered.  When you've seen for yourself that this picture is not true--that the strength we associate with an overbearing leader is a seeming strength that is too harsh, too brittle, too isolating--you gain perspective again.  Then you can go forward."  

Read the full article at here.

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November Self-Care Saturdays Inspiration List

key words:  self-care, practitioner resilience, wellness, mindfulness practices, nutrition for health, recipes, TCM at-home care for mild cough in children

The November Self-Care Roundup

Some inspiration from the Self-Care Saturdays theme over at our public Facebook Page

"In Chinese medicine, we view each season of the year as important in the balance of the others.  Winter balances summer, spring balances fall, yin balances yang.  And just like yin and yang have characteristics and influences that are important to each, so do the seasons have varying impacts on our health and well-being.  Autumn is the metal season in Chinese medicine.  Metal in balance presents as optimism, fresh ideas and new perspectives.  Balanced metal also gives us a sense of our self-worth.  We are equally able to let go of the old unnecessary thoughts or items in our life, and be open to new ideas and thoughts, people, places and things.  When we are out of balance in the metal element, we might view everything pessimistically.  The imbalance might also express itself as an inability to let go of things or people, living always in the past, refusing to move on with or from a project (occasionally presenting as irrational striving for perfection!), or possibly just stubbornness or a weepy depression.
"Consider these helpful tips and recipes for harmonizing with the season..."  Read more here
"It's important to understand that treating your child's cough naturally is not a one-and-done.  Instead, it's about combining the right remedies that will work for your child according to their age and the type of cough they have.....For best results, it's important to combine remedies, use them consistently, and have patience with the process."  

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