The Teacher Learns From the Student

open to learningI got to speak to a group about Creating Joyful Work last Monday evening and it was an enlightening experience.  Partly because I like to share about this amazing topic, and mostly because I shared with my wonderful Toastmaster’s club.  In a consummate example of the teacher learning from the students, I received some wonderful feedback and ideas.

Here’s just a smattering of what I learned about Creating Joyful Work from the club:

  • Joyful work equals healthy work
  • It’s a fresh idea in terms of looking at the workday. We all go to work day after day and  a lot of the time we forget to look at the little details.
  • We can choose how to look at work and what we bring home.

Changing focus… if you have been thinking about improving your ability to interact with others, especially your verbal communications, I can highly recommend Toastmasters.  In a few short months I am more comfortable talking on my feet, whether in front of a group or just one-to-one conversation.

Toastmasters provides a plethora of useful information and organization.  I feel supported by the organization. More important, my club is intelligent, informed and dedicated to the success of each member.  It’s a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours each week.

TM logo 10.31.14Some fun facts:

  • Toastmasters International is celebrating their 90th anniversary with 313,000 members
  • Their goal is to help us to improve our speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,650 clubs in 126 countries
  • You can visit any club, any time, as often as you like. I tried 3 before choosing the one that fit my needs best.

What about you? What does Creating Joyful Work mean to you?  Please share by leaving a comment below so we can learn from you.

Can We Find a Positive in the Elections?

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As our country gets close to another election and my evening’s entertainment is pelted with people trying to discredit one another, I find myself wishing we would all be more like my first lesson in marketing: NEVER denigrate the competition.  It’s not professional.

And if that is not reason enough, being negative just makes you look bad with the people you are most trying to impress–so why?

Why the Big Picture?

Idaho 328As I think about my week to come, I realize that even though my mission is big–helping the world Create Joyful Work–I often focus on “getting stuff done” without seeing the big picture.  I don’t often think about how my work is connected to the rest of the universe. So, this week I will focus more on keeping the big picture in mind for all my work.

I will pause more often to consider everyone affected by my doings, and ask, “How can I be of service? How can I serve the highest good of everyone in my life?”

Like the housekeeper in a hotel who enjoys her work more when she thinks of it as helping to create a wonderful vacation for a family, or peaceful respite for the business traveler, I will make time to think of the end game–for my work and the work of my clients and colleagues.

What about you? Does thinking of the big picture cause you to think about your work differently? If yes, please share how. If no, is there something that does help you enjoy your work more?

Make it a GREAT WEEK!

Facebook Does Care

Facebook seriously cares about their responsibility to create a space for meaningful communication.

I never thought I would say this out loud, let alone to dozens of people, because I used to see Facebook as an unkept place, one that did not really care about it’s users. However, like many products that work really well, it’s easy to take that ease-of-use for granted.

Create Fun in Your Work? Yes You Can!

Always bring your entrepreneurial spirit to work.  I heard this last night at a program for entrepreneurs at TechSandBox from colleague and friend, Matthew Boyle, Chief Marketing Officer at an accounting and consulting firm.

Though he is not an entrepreneur in the strict sense of the word, his attitude and the extent to which his company allows and encourages this work ethic is linked to their success.

Hello Magnificent!

colored pencils iStock_2617116SmWhen was the last time you looked in the mirror and said, “Hello Magnificent!”?

Try it…it’s a blast.  It’s based on the premise that every single human being is amazing in their own unique way.

As I talked about in last week’s issue of Over the Hump, we all have gifts that are special and worth sharing with others.

How Does Your Joy Support the Big Picture?

iStock_2892694Sm earth from space1Why should your boss, or your boss’s-boss’s-boss care about you making the effort to Create Joyful Work? The short answer is that you will be happier and probably more successful.

Shouldn’t that be enough for those who are responsible for your welfare at work each day? We humans are all connected, so your elevation will also raise those around you, like a rising tide lifts all boats.

You have not lived a perfect day unless you’ve done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Ruth Smeltzer