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Change is in the air

Updated: 15 hours ago

Spring forward!

It seems to be the season for people to embark on new jobs, at least according to my LinkedIn feed!

With the spirit of embracing positive change or making the most of your changes, I wanted to take a moment to share some of the best advice I have received from my mentors, bosses, colleagues, and friends.

It's worth noting that some of these insights have been reiterated by great coaches, consultants, and writers, who initially learned these lessons themselves.

As you get started:

An old boss named Tim, maybe originally said by Oprah. 

Work for people who see you as you see yourself.

By my friend Norma, I think. 

Work where you are celebrated, not tolerated.

A consultant who I believe repurposed the quote from Jim Collins in the book Good to Great. 

Get on the right bus. 

In my consultant’s version, it means making sure that the people you work with are all headed in the same direction.

As you onboard:

Said to me by a corporate donor of mine and Ph.D.

 "I'd rather ask stupid questions now than look stupid later."

Get up Every day:


Be Resilient - what does not kill you does not kill you. 

Be kind or at least try - it doesn’t hurt! 

Find your creative side and acknowledge others' creative side. 

“No day, but today” Jonathan Larson’s (who wrote RENT) version of Seize the day. 

Do something that scares you once in a while (watch out; there may be a blog coming about the ballet class I did last week!).

Genuinely compliment others. 

Don’t gossip (not the same thing is venting) - If you have an issue, get to the source, close the door, and deal with it!

For Managers:

As taught to me by Paul Anonick.

Be a coach, not a boss.

As told to me by Scott Herman:

Find people doing things right.

Maya Angelou quote —-she never knew was about management:

 “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

When frustrated:

I learned from working in a New York City skyscraper. 

Walk around the block; the steps count but so does the perspective gained from getting out of the situation for a few minutes.

As quoted on tattoos on arms around the world. And on the Arm of my Friend’s son.

This too shall pass.

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