Take the chance – Live your Life

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
― C. JoyBell C.

Is it Time To Quit Your Job?

Sallie Krawcheck stated, “Most of us don’t consider ourselves to be quitters. But there are times in your career when it’s time to move on….or be moved on….or stagnate.” There may come a time when you just hate going to your job. You will get the “Monday Morning Blues” and you will be wishing every day was Friday. Krawcheck stated you may feel this – “My stomach hurts…..particularly on Sunday nights. Many people get the Sunday night blues on occasion, but too many of these gives you a lot of information about how you really feel about what you’re doing on Monday morning.”

If you get to this point, you may want to at least start looking for something else. You will end up making yourself and everyone else miserable. I recently met with an under performing employee and I asked, “do you like working here”. She stated, “I hate this place but I don’t have another job”. That is called “time to move on”.

I can speak from experience because I was recently in this position. I hated where I was in my career and wanted to do other things. I made the choice – now I am enjoying life. Everyday is an adventure, taking on something new each day. If you are miserable in your work or career, make the jump.

Leading in a Diverse Organization

Wren (1994, p.431) states, In order to gain perspective, leadership may be viewed as an all-encompassing function of guiding the human resource toward organizational objectives.” As I think about this and relate it to today’s organizations, I realize leadership requires some effort.

First of all, think of the generational differences, age differences and cultural issues leaders face. How can a leader effectively lead the Boomers, the Gen-X generation and the Millennium generation in one team, much less taking on cultural differences? It will require the leader to have the ability to understand leadership across all generations and cultures. Leadership requires social insight. In other words, the leader must know how to communicate, motivate and build relationships with all ages and cultures. Bass (1990) states that an effective leader must be able to effectively estimate the attitudes, motives and level of effectiveness of the group members. Wittenberg in Bass (1990) states that leaders should be able to understand the needs of all of the team members and meet them as needed.

Is it really possible for a leader to understand differences across generations as well as cultural diversity today? Thoughts?