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What DO you want?

What does the word “success” represent to you? What are your goals, hopes and aspirations? What do you want, as a leader and as a person?

These are big questions that can be very hard to answer. There is an answer out there. You know it, you can feel it, almost taste it. But there is rarely a short and simple answer.

What DO you want?

In the words of Michael Bungai Stanier of The Possibility Virus:

What DO you want?

It’s one of the most powerful questions I know. 

And it’s a tough one to answer.

Pretty much just as soon as you get old enough to think… you have people telling you what THEY want.

Parents, partners, spouses, children, friends, bosses, colleagues, customers and clients… they’ve all got opinions about what’s best for you.

And sometimes their requests and demands can feel like a swarm of mosquitoes buzzing around you demanding attention.

And if you’re not clear on what you want, you have little protection against the blighters – what others want becomes very hard to resist.

You get caught up in it. In the flow of everything that goes on around you. In the hopes and expectations that surround you. In the things and projects you work on and are rewarded for doing and accomplishing.

This is not a new situation. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. We simply have to be aware of it and, if possible, manage and take control of it so that we don’t lose ourselves on the journey.

Others have been there before us. And the Gen Y and Millennial generations, by some touted as a different “breed” of people and leaders, are finding themselves in a similar situation. As eloquently written by the blogger Gen Y Girl:

I was taught, growing up, that in order to be a successful woman I’d have to work really hard so that I could one day break through these ceilings that were said to be made of glass. And if I did manage to achieve this, well,  I’d become the much-respected senior executive of some company where I would spend 40+ hours every week.

That’s what I was supposed to want.

That’s what I’ve always been capable of doing.

To not reach that goal, I was told, would be a waste of my potential. It would be a waste of my intellect. I would be a failure.

So all my life, this is the goal that I’ve worked towards.

In doing so, however, I’ve allowed others to determine what success looks like in my life.

A few years later, having been in the workforce, I look at the senior executives of many great organizations and I think to myself…really? This is what I want? This is what I’ve worked so hard for all these years?

Today, success is no longer directly linked to objective goals such as wealth and status. You don’t have to be a senior executive to be able to enjoy success. Financial and demographic changes have made success a realistic and natural goal for all of us. Today, we are all seeking success, and anything other than success is seen as transitional and temporary.

But what is success? Is success a state of mind, a journey, or an end destination?

What do YOU want?

For many, success is connected to a sense of fulfillment, joy and satisfaction. But sometimes we forget why we started on a journey. We are not always in control of events that shape our lives. And what helps us reach a higher or different level is often not what gets us to the next. So the journey takes on its own life, and us with it.

Success is about knowing. It is knowing what gives you energy. It is knowing that you are on the right path. It is knowing you are connected to that and those you care about. For some, it’s doing. For others, it’s thinking. For you, it may be different.

Think about it – What does “success” represent to you? What are your goals, hopes and aspirations? What do you want, as a leader and as a person?

Corporate Elements has been providing professional assessment and coaching services for more than a decade. We have the experience and expertise you need to overcome obstacles and reach your potential. We are certified by the most renowned assessment providers in the world and are authorized to provide you with cutting-edge tools and resources. Contact us today for a confidential conversation about where you are today, where you would like to go, and how we can help you get there!

 

COACHING RELATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:

  • Executive coaching
  • Management coaching
  • Performance coaching
  • Career coaching
  • Leadership development programs
  • Training
  • Conflict resolution
  • Succession management
  • Personality assessment
  • Management assessment
  • Executive assessment
  • Career assessment

CORPORATE ELEMENTS WILL:

  1. ASSESS the current situation, the impact it has on you and the organization, and the desired outcome.
  2. DEVELOP a proposal for further action and work with you to determine reasonable and specific outcome measures.
  3. IMPLEMENT the course of action that was agreed upon
  4. SUCCEED in meeting or exceeding the outcome measures that were agreed upon.

OUR GUARANTEE:

The mission of Corporate Elements is to deliver quality products and services that optimize the performance, productivity and profitability of your organization. We guarantee that we will consistently meet or exceed your expectations and the outcomes we have developed together.

Turning conflict into performance

Conflict. How does the word make you feel? Does it make you feel slightly uncomfortable? Does it make you think of certain unpleasant situations or people?

Now instead think of your favorite soap opera or drama series – what is it called, who are the main characters, and can you tell me what happened during the last episode?

Does thinking of the show make you feel the same way as the word “conflict”? No?

Nobody enjoys conflict, at least not when they are personally involved in it. Conflict drains your energy when you’d much rather focus on other more important things. Nevertheless, conflict is widely present in any workplace, every day.

“Work” is one of the few places where people literally have to coexist and get along on an ongoing basis, whether they want to or not. You can’t choose your coworkers. Modern society and technology has allowed us to limit the times and situations where we have to be codependent on people who are different from us in their backgrounds, beliefs, behavior and perspectives. We avoid people who are different and who irritate us, and seek those who we feel comfortable with and want to be with. Except at work, where we have to deal with coworkers, team members, supervisors, customers and vendors. So many of us are out of practice on how to deal with conflict in a positive way!

Conflict surrounds us everywhere we go. Getting the kids ready for school, your feeling of anger when a driver cuts in front of you on your way to work, or when you have to work late because someone else hasn’t finished their work as promised. So how do you deal with it? What ticks you off? How aware are you regarding your own behavior, how it affects the people around you?

I have worked with conflict for quite a few years. As an outsider, I am able to help people find solutions that allow them to move on and focus on their work. For example when I mediated a conflict between two coworkers who shared an office but who reported not having spoken to each other for the last three years. I was called in because their manager wanted to terminate them both, but he wanted to try to find a solution one last time. Can you imagine working in such an hostile environment every day for three years? It took a few minutes of me asking them questions and facilitating an exchange of information before we discovered that the conflict was based on a misunderstanding. One person was thought to have prevented the other from receiving a promotion. They were both embarrassed to find out this was not what really happened, but relieved to be able to move on.

It is gratifying to be allowed to work with conflict. Conflict provides fertile ground for making positive change. As an outsider, I am able to bring the authority needed to create a safe environment and bring people to the table, allow them to share information and listen to what the other has to say, and assist in the discovery of how each party has something to gain from moving on and finding ways to prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

Instead of having a situation where everyone loses in the end, I am able to turn it into a win-win.

Corporate Elements has the experience and expertise to resolve conflict situations within your organization, allowing precious time and resources to be devoted to the future and success of the company, its employees and stakeholders. It saves you time, money, and energy, making for a much more enjoyable time at work – for everyone.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION RELATED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:

  • Mediation
  • Coaching
  • Training
  • Group facilitation
  • Investigation
  • Organizational Assessment
  • Leadership development
  • Performance management
  • RIF/Career transition
  • Succession Management

 CORPORATE ELEMENTS WILL:

  1. ASSESS the current situation, the impact it has on the organization, and the desired outcome.
  2. DEVELOP a proposal for further action and work with you to determine reasonable and specific outcome measures.
  3. IMPLEMENT the course of action that was agreed upon.
  4. SUCCEED in meeting or exceeding the outcome measures that were agreed upon.

 OUR GUARANTEE:

The mission of Corporate Elements is to deliver quality products and services that optimize the performance, productivity and profitability of your organization. We guarantee that we will consistently meet or exceed your expectations and the outcomes we have developed together.