Feeding the Passion for Transformation: Be it Talent, Culture, Work or HR
It is not an oxymoron. In my new gig, I have been having a lot of great discussions about joy and learning inherent in meaningful work. Work is not (only/solely/mainly) about comp and ben (aka salary) but really about how your talents, interests can be tapped and how you working with others inspires/challenges/stretches you. That is a great thing.
This week’s issue focuses on transforming the thinking around the meaning of work and value of learning. Shawn Anchor addresses it in his talk and his discussion with Brenè Brown around the simple things we can do to “reverse the mental formula” - for ourselves and our organizations.
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? If we see stress as a challenge instead of a threat, have high optimism and support levels, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires us to be more productive. (On a more personal note, I can completely relate to his story about tricking his little sister…ahem.)
“My boss once emailed me 12 times on Thanksgiving day wondering why I wasn’t replying.” What is normal behavior? When outside the norm become regular we don’t even notice them anymore because they become part of a larger pattern of dysfunction that “everyone gets used to”. That’s not ok. How is each one of us contributing to the work environment in which we can thrive on? Make positive patterns part of your own behavior. It works: particularly if Leaders take the Lead.
Ok - now you know that there are some patterns you want to change. How? By “creating a fortress of learning by adopting habits built upon the important pillars on how you want to run your life”? A software developer for HR tech, Juvoni Beckford, talks about some of the patterns that he recognized out of his environment in the Bronx that have kept people from reaching their full potential and the pillars of habits he has built that benefit both his personal and professional life.
In this blog post, I explore two simple questions to ask for any learning situation: pre: what do I want or expect to learn and post: what did you learn? These two quick anchors make a huge difference in terms of what you get out of any meeting, newsletter, web conference or training.
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This week’s question: What exactly makes up a great and positive work environment for you?
Looking forward to your responses! Have a wonderful week!
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