Dear Monday Motivators!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and for those of who are mothers, that you had a lovely Mother’s Day.
Sorry this is a little late today, but we’ve been busy organizing and decorating our offices. We are hosting our first Star Achievement Trainer Certification in our office/conference room. Our guests will arrive Wednesday and depart Friday around 1:00. Trainer Certification is a very intimate class. We normally have 2 – 6 individuals who become certified to teach Star Achievement in their organizations to their internal administrative professionals. This is a very cost effective approach to training especially if you have 60 or more administrative professionals. Because we have our own little conference room now, we will be able to host these sessions more often throughout the year.
Anyway, back to the purpose of this week’s message. It is interesting how you think you want something done a certain way upon first glance and then after you are “into it,” you realize . . . oh that doesn’t work. That’s what happened with our office move. Before we physically moved in, I selected the office that would be mine because it had 2 windows and I like open space. My old office had a large window where I could see out and view palm trees and grass. So of course, I wanted the office with windows, two – no less. One window faced out into our Reception area which then I could see to the outside world. The other window faced into our office area. Jasmine had an office next to mine (same size, mind you) with only 1 window that looked out into our office area.
After 2 weeks, we realized this was not the best, most effective, practical use of the 2 offices. Jasmine needed to see out front and view all that goes on and I needed privacy. There were some other factors as well that led to the decision to swap offices this past weekend. This was no easy feat as my wall cabinets our mounted. My work desk and space was custom designed years ago so it takes quite a bit of time to set up and must be professionally done.
The task was accomplished this past weekend by 2 outstanding talented men! But when Jasmine and I came in this morning, it was time to put our work areas back together and then Jasmine and Michele were doing some decorating since we are having visitors this week.
So what can you learn from this? What might you run up against this week that you don’t even expect will happen? Could someone throw a kink in your plans for the week? Is it possible that an event at work, like a meeting, that you planned and thought would go so well, becomes crazy at the last minute?
Work life is always throwing situations at us where we must be adaptable, flexible and especially not married to our ideas or ways of doing things. While I loved my two windows, I could not be attached to that because ultimately, productivity and what is best for business is what matters.
As you travel through this week, please open your eyes to tasks you have been performing a certain way for a long time, that might not be best for the overall mission of the company; or the effectiveness of your executive.
Take a close look at yourself. Is there something about your habits, attitudes, dress, or behavior that you are married to that you really need to move away from? It’s hard to take a close look at ourselves. It is difficult to be objective about our own performance or our image. However, you can be missing out on the best opportunities of your life or career because you can’t step away and be an “outsider.”
Think flexibility, adaptability, creativity, and objectivity this week and see yourself fly!