Friday, June 27, 2008

What Matters ...

Yesterday I attended a seminar at work that I really DID NOT WANT TO ATTEND. I can say this passionately because it was no big secret that I didn't want to go. In fact, I did nearly everything I knew to do other than just lying in the floor and screaming like I was 3 to get out of attending but Mama (one of my awesome bosses) was having none of it and waited me out.

I'm glad I went.

I knew our corporate trainer would put together a great program and she didn't disappoint at all. But it wasn't so much the exercises that affected me, it was the thought process. I've always struggled with conformity, mostly because I think the expectation of modeling specific behaviors and attributes JUST BECAUSE IT'S "BUSINESS" is absolutely ridiculous and completely unrealistic. I believe people do their best work when they're 100% themselves and able to really commit to their jobs. I know that I do.

That doesn't mean that I think one should come to work expecting to just hang out and play Wii, but I do think that minimizing the dual-personality expectation (why is it that we expect a person to be different at work than they are at home - really, think about this?) can free a person to achieve greater things that are closer to their heart.

It really does take a village.
We really do have our own unique personalities.
Stop trying to conform to something you're not, and find a way to model your signature strengths in a positive environment.

1 comment:

Holly said...

This sounds very "FISH" like, which is something our marketing team at work is adopting with great success. It's all about the 'tude, isn't it? Appreciating everyone as unique individuals, not as mere components of a unit, is what makes it worth getting out of bed in the morning. :)