"Getting to our next level of greatness depends on the quality of our culture, which depends on the quality of our relationships, which depends on the quality of our conversations." ~ Judith E. Glaser
What does great work mean? Let's say there's bad work, good work, and great work.
Bad work is the kind of work that sucks the life out of you -- the mundane, bureaucratical, monotonous, mediocre stuff. Good work is measured by getting things done, projects, initiatives, and work that is constituted by solid project management and results. Great work is the stuff that humanizes us, that has impact, that is meaningful, innovative, creative and connective, work that requires personal courage and fortitude.
Dante Pearson, a 2017 Wharton MBA graduate student challenges us to get off the wait-list as a recent commencement speaker ..."We can't afford to wait while we wait. We're running out of time to be the person we already say that we are," he implores. "If you've been waiting for a booming voice over a loudspeaker to tell you when's the time to start being you, now's the time to start being you."
As we approach the half way mark for calendar 2017 take inventory of the changes you have implemented this year. Are you on target, exceeding expectations or enduring a ho-hum kind of year? Did you tell yourself this year was going to be different? Is this the year of big stretches, big play, big effort, big surprises? If you are changing habits, stretching, thinking differently - great work!! If not, what are you waiting for? The fear doesn't relent, the confidence weakens, the courage atrophies, the regret builds, and the hope fades.
Here are some things you can do less of and things you can do more of to get you off the wait-list and back in touch with awesome YOU.
Do less of:
Withholding (not sharing)
Practicing a "it's my way or the highway" mentality
Insisting "I know what's right"
Do more of:
Expressing your ideas, thoughts, insights, and aha's
Experimenting with new ways
Rehearsing and practicing "I am very open and receptive to you"