Oh December is here – and I’m looking forward to a bit of a break – as I’m sure you are.
I love this time of year for reflecting on what I have learned over the past 12 months and how I can apply those findings in the New Year.
Here are some of my aha moments I’ve collected from the audiences I’ve worked with in person and virtually this year. I hope you find these insightful as well:
- I added this to my email signature a few months ago: My work hours might not be your work hours. Don’t feel like you have to respond outside of your normal work hours. You’d be surprised how many people appreciate this and email me that they are going to add it too.
- Your brain can’t pay attention to 2 things at once. For example, being on a virtual keynote or workshop AND doing your emails at the same time. Maximize your focus by choosing 1 thing. I know it can be hard with the pressure of work. Whether a keynote or workshop, use it as time to learn, reflect and recharge.
- Create a community of understanding. Don’t feel you have to solve everyone’s problems in the hybrid work environment. Sometimes when we know other people are in the same boat as us, it helps us move through change. Sharing difficulties can create a Community of Understanding that will help people move down the path of change.
- Hybrid work environments are the way of the future. We got out of the habit of working in person together. Now we are getting back into the routine of being with people. You will get used to this new way.
- When you are working in the office, have Presence with Purpose. See your colleagues. Have meetings in person. Relationships have become overly transactional outside of the office. Use your time with colleagues for new discussions, idea generation, decision making and other types of discussion that happen spontaneously.
- Bring people back together whenever the opportunity presents itself. Don’t sit on virtual meeting platforms if you’re all in the office.
- The relationships you have at work are the currency with which you get your work done. Value those relationships by seeing people in person.
- Take time off over the holidays to rest and recharge. 2023 is going to be a busy year, I’m sure.
It’s a privilege to come to you each month into your inbox, and I hope to see you in person in 2023!
This short video below, from a keynote this past fall, has a little tip for you in it.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, as there are many at this time of year, Happy Holidays to you!
If you pop up a tree, a very Merry Christmas from our home to yours.
Remember as we end 2022 and enter 2023, every single one of you is more change ready than you think you are.