The Atlas

Defining what you need from work

What do you need from work? It's a harder question to answer than it sounds at first. So what are some different ways to think about the question that could help?

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Self-awareness fuels the power of choice

Last week's class with Gallup around strengths was, as I noted in my late-posted video from last Friday, absolutely exceptional. And not just because of the fantastic tools or amazing assortment of people, but because I find tremendous value in the framework of using our personal strengths as a lense for how we approach the important aspects of our lives.

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Gallup Strengths Training

Instead of my regular weekly video, I spend a few minutes talking about some of the greatest aspects of my Gallup Strengths Training class this week.

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Results, Actions and Shoulds

After spending the weekend taste testing what my new life in Miami could potentially look like, I am starting my week with the lingering taste of my weekend buffet of new experiences. And while the novelty junkie in me definitely appreciates the sheer newness of all of it, the middle-aged part of me that recognizes a few familiar inclinations surfacing that I like to think of myself as aware enough to remind myself to question.

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Strengths, Language and the Power of Words

Sometimes the language we grew up learning is inadequate to the task of communicating complexities that matter. This is where new mental models and specialized lexicon can really come in handy. For me three of the most useful in my life have been Gallup, Brene Brown and Game Theory.

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Practicing a new relationship with time

One of the things that I really love about Simon Sinek's new book, "The Infinite Game" is also a big part of what I love about The 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living that Brene Brown discussed in "The Gifts of Imperfection," which is a fundamental view of life as a process and not a series of results. In each book, both authors talk about their core principles being "practices" that require lifelong diligence.

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Know Thyself... and Thine Expectations

As a compulsive planner (in quasi-recovery), my normal solution to disappointment is normally to fixate on a new plan. That I can build up in my head as the end-all-be-all, and then go through all the same steps again. Rinse. Repeat. I truly love the idea of not having expectations, but I fall radically short when it comes to reality.

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Most leaders don't even know the game they are in

Trust and cooperation are not standard in our organizations and yet we know they should be. There are two attributes that every single leader has the opportunity to possess that will help them create the types of organizations we would be proud to call our own. Those two attributes are EMPATHY & PERSPECTIVE.

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