I once had a boss that gave everyone unlimited time off.
What?! Yep! Unlimited.
The caveat? We had to get our work done, and maintain excellence.
To be honest, at first I was skeptical. It turned out to be wonderful!
Not only did I feel very loyal to the organization, I ensured my work was completed in advance and was always above par. It was an excellent morale boost and helped everyone feel trusted and honored.
Furthermore, I found that people didn’t take it for granted, as some employees feared when it was first introduced. People loved being honored and trusted and worked harder to ensure they did a great job in exchange for the time off. Brilliant!
People also didn't over abuse it. We were all aware that the policy could be changed if it was causing problems. So, we only took time off when it mattered and deeply appreciated the flexibility.
This concept of more time off leading to rejuvenation got its roots in Japan and Europe. Europe values quality of life over quantity of actions.
Perhaps the US could learn from this? While we overwork, overdo and burn out, other people are casually enjoying life and success in a more relaxed way. Interesting.
I say it is time we focus on quality of life! #worksmarter
Enjoy today's article on balancing time!
Coaching Resource of the Week:
Microsoft experimented with a 4-day workweek, and productivity jumped by 40%!
An experiment that involved reducing the workweek by one day led to a 40% boost in productivity in a Microsoft subsidiary in Japan. Read all about it here:
Today we are going to dive into life's messy side. Fun stuff!
A client of mine showed up to her session scratching her head at a conundrum.
When she first came to see me, she felt unsure of herself, unclear about her goals and paralyzed by fear.
Over a period of months, coaching helped her completely shift her life experience.
To start, she became self-aware. She began to see her limiting beliefs, previous blind-spots and catch her re-activities.
This new self-awareness led to clarity. Clarity opened her eyes to her next steps, her ideal goals and dispelling the fears.
In essence, she became more masterful. Wonderful, the evidence was clear! Coaching was moving mountains in her life.
Here is the kicker. She came to this session and said, "I've made so much progress, but why is life still messy?" She had a boss that was giving her a hard time. Her husband was facing a family issue. Her dog had to go to the vet.
Over the years, I've come to notice an underlying assumption. Somewhere along life's path, the message was embedded "If I strive to be my best, life will then be perfect."
I don't believe anyone consciously believes this, but over the years of coaching and having experienced this personally as well, this seems to be a common underlying theme people face.
I notice it surface when they reach the point in their growth where they are living empowered each and every day and yet... life is still messy, so they scratch their heads.
The truth is that life is not about mastery. Life is about being masterful. This is also called responsiveness.
Last year, I woke up one day and thought, "Wow. My life feels perfect. I feel at peace, I have an amazing relationship, my kids are safe and happy, my work is meaningful and I have my health."
And then I walked outside to a huge bee swarm that had moved in overnight. And then later that month I found out one of my mentors had stage four cancer. And then the dryer broke down.
And... I had the inner resources to respond to each of these. Coaching doesn't make life perfect, but it makes life doable and even profound.
Amidst all of the messy, I had a clear heart. I was able to see the interesting beauty in the bees that chose our home as they migrated.
I was able to create space to prioritize and care-take my mentor each day until her passing. I shared so many meaningful moments because my heart was clear about being of service.
I was able to bounce back with laughter at the dryer and just shake my head before jerry-rigging it to work again.
Through it all, I kept my heart.
Before coaching, I would have been more like a puddle on the floor feeling overwhelmed by life's messiness.
It is a very different way to experience life's messiness... empowered to respond to stress, living aligned with one's core values and embracing what matters.
Today's lesson is about life's messiness being ironically "good" news and "bad" news.
Can you relate?
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I was discussing leadership with my husband. He made the observation that there are so many personality types that it can make leadership a challenge.
I agree. We are born into the world with personality tendencies (nature). Then we have our parents that contribute our formative experiences (nature). Then we add another layer of life experiences and our first woundings that shape us and form defense mechanisms.
As humans, we have many layers.
Yet, I learned from one of my mentors and coaches, Karen Cappello, that we can listen to someone beneath the layers and through their values. Wow!
This level of listening is powerful and takes us beyond words. It is what sets masterful coaches apart from normal coaches.
When I have someone come to me with a complaint about something being unfair, I can hear that underneath the surface, they value fairness and perhaps integrity.
When someone comes to me venting about a fight they had with a family member, I can hear that that underneath the surface, they value respect and perhaps understanding.
The truth is that yes, there are so many personalities and a variety of forms a personality can take. Yet, there is a deeper truth about human beings that exists beneath the layers of nature and nature. This is the human heart and we all have one.
The heart is that internal compass, it is where our truth is felt and the metaphorical home to our human spirit.
When we speak to someone at a heart level, and have a heart-to-heart, the personality defenses soften and people open up.
This is true of all humans, regardless of personality type. In masterful leadership, just like masterful coaching, when you speak to the heart, and from the heart, you inspire people to open up and blossom.
The poet Rumi is one of my favorites for inspirational quotes that take people from hardship to their heart.
I've posted some of Rumi's best quotes for you to ponder, or use with your clients.
Coaching Resource of the Week:
35 Quotes From The Great Persian Poet Rumi That Will Inspire You To The Core
By Laurel Elders, PCC
IICT Founder / Senior Faculty