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Voting Day

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Radial Development Group

November 2 · Issue #40 · View online

Our thoughts on running a company, tech insight, news, and nerd life.


Hi, Friends,
When’s the last time you took a few moments to participate in democracy? It’s hard to find the time, right? 
I spent a few hours last week researching my local school board candidates. There were a lot, and there was not a lot of information about them. Fortunately, I had the time to dig deep into newspaper articles and candidate literature because last Monday, Radial gave me and all of its employees the day off to vote. 
We call this company holiday “Voting Day.” It’s the Monday eight days before the November Election Day for municipal, county and state elections.
Here in Colorado we have mail-in ballots, so having a day like this allows everyone some extra time to participate in democracy. 
We get plenty of time off, but there are a few federal holidays Radial does not observe. Sometimes I’m a little bummed when my husband has these days off, and I don’t.
But when I stop and think about it, I’m proud that we have Voting Day instead. It sends a message about what we find important. I didn’t have to find the time to become an informed citizen. It was given to me.
Cheers,
Stephanie

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Being Better
Journaling prompts from our friendly neighborhood nerd Ariana F. at Rosabella Consulting.
As we learn new skills, we inevitably have some days where we struggle more. When that happens, it’s easy to respond with self-judgment and criticism - I’ve even called myself pathetic in such instances.
The next time it happens to you, remember you’re not pathetic or incapable or stupid or a failure. You’re growing. And perhaps, if you’re really having a tough time of it, you’re not slipping backward but meeting head-on the resistance of leveling up. Perhaps you’re being presented with this challenge because you are ready to step fully into this learning opportunity.
You may want to take to the pages of your journal to process what’s going on. It’s ok to give yourself permission to feel without fueling fear or negativity. Here are some prompts to help you get started:
  • What does it look, feel or sound like for you to be open, genuinely curious and show yourself compassion?
  • What feelings or sensations have you been experiencing during this struggle?
  • What if you created space to reckon with the tension between where you are and where you want to be?
  • How are your past experiences affecting the way you’re reacting in the present moment?
  • What insights can you glean from this experience?
  • What specific and empowering action you may take to apply insights gained moving forward?
By leaning in, you might just propel yourself even further along your leadership journey.
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