Episode 190 –  When normal is strange

After over a year into this pandemic, one of the things that struck me is our view of what’s normal. In just one year, we’ve grown so accustomed to the safety protocols, social distancing, working from home, and other “new normal” things that it becomes a natural part of us and our daily lives. And the things that we usually did in the “old normal” now feel a bit strange: going on a ski trip, traveling with friends, sitting leisurely in a restaurant over a meal, seeing a person without a mask on at the grocery store, or neglecting COVID
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Episode 180 – Do you get lost in your passion?

When we’re passionate about something, we approach the subject matter with a level of dedication, enthusiasm, and intensity. That amount of attention often translates to good things, especially when your passion aligns with your work or projects. However, there can be a tendency to get lost in our passion. The further we go down the rabbit hole, the more it can cause a disconnect or confusion in communication. Your colleagues, especially those from another department, may not have the same understanding or may not have your perspective toward the matter. This isn’t to discourage you from being passionate about your
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Episode 179 – What is your queen bee role?

I’ve been reading a book by Michael Michalowicz called Clockwork. (He is also the author of Profit First, a book that I thoroughly loved.) In Clockwork, Mike Michalowicz compared a company to a beehive. In a beehive, each bee’s job is its primary role plus protecting the queen bee role. Like in a company, aside from what you do in your position, each individual has a major part in protecting and upholding the company’s queen bee role, as well as its core values.  Listen in as Dawn Shuler gives an in-depth discussion of the “queen bee role” and how to
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Episode 178 – The dark underbelly of normalizing

When we experience a recurring stressful situation that we cannot change or do something about, we tend to normalize that situation and attempt to live with it as we go on. This is a natural coping mechanism to reduce or subdue its stressful effect on us. While normalizing an abnormal or chronically stressful situation can be helpful, it can also be detrimental when mismanaged. It can desensitize us to things that are uncustomary, potentially unhealthy, or socially unacceptable. Having patience and acceptance toward something we cannot change is important to alleviate this unwanted side effect. Listen in as Dawn and
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Episode 175 – Is your response about you or them?

Have you ever been in a situation where a statement or a comment from someone got to you personally or somewhat irritated you? How do you respond to these circumstances? Most of us automatically retaliate with a level of snark or hostility.  It’s normal and part of our defense mechanism. But for sure, we can teach ourselves to do better in dealing with these situations.  When responding to something that irked you, the worst thing you can do is react when your emotions are heightened. It’s always good to pause for a couple of seconds, compose yourself, and think about
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Episode 173 – 4 areas of competence

There are four areas of competence: the Zone of Incompetence, Competence, Excellence, and Genius. A brief description of each: the Zone of Incompetence includes areas you’re not good at doing. Zone of Competence are the things that you can do, but you’re inefficient at it. Zone of Excellence are areas you’re very good at, but there’s little desire in doing it. Lastly, the Zone of Genius comprises areas where you excel, but the difference is you have the passion and enthusiasm to do the things you excel in. Identifying and having a better understanding of these areas of competence has
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Episode 171 – Is your training just checking a box?

In organizations/companies, training is something that we go through regularly. Be it for operations or human resources, held by the company you’re working on or an external firm, we all experience training in one form or another. Management training, diversity and inclusion training, compliance training may seem superfluous, but we shouldn’t take these for granted. Often these are treated just like checking a box; we only go through it because it’s required, and then set it aside after and get on with our day. However, there is a reason why such training exists, and there are valuable things to pick
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Episode 169 – Communication is different now

The way we communicate now is very different. With modern technology, the way we communicate from 8 months ago has changed dramatically because of COVID-19. Before, we could lightly knock and poke our heads in a colleague’s office doors; now communication is mostly done digitally, usually in the form of emails, direct messages, text messages, and the like. As a result, much of the way we communicate is forcibly done through writing. So what we can all take away from this? Each person has a preferred way of communicating, and not everyone is suited to communicating through text. A good
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Episode 168 – Energy units, self-care, and compassion

Our lives look far different now than they were about a year ago. If there’s anything to learn from events this year, it’s the crucial importance of self-care. Every day we’re faced with situations that can mentally or physically take its toll. I’ve talked before about energy units and how they’re finite. Some of us wake up with fewer energy units because of what’s going on. The social distancing, staying at home, missing important events from family and friends, all these seemingly little things can add up and drain us. We’re constantly facing circumstances that can take energy units away
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Episode 166 – We’re caught up in the whirlwind

There’s a lot going on…. no denying it.  If we continue on with our fast thinking, we’ll keep responding out of fear.  So how do we combat that? We need to slow down and go to that place of Be, Do, Have… rather than Have, Do, Be.  What would your higher and wiser self do? Can you channel that slower thinking and peaceful self and make decisions from there? Listen in as Dawn Shuler discusses how we get caught up in the whirlwind… as well as how we can disengage from the whirlwind and make decision from a place of
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