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Turning Curveballs Into Leadership Home Runs

Posted on May 11th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in 2012, Ask Your Team and Leadership Coach, Blog. No Comments

Sometimes situations and team members at work throw us curveballs. What causes this and how to you handle it? No one expects a curveball. But when they hit, they can cause you to feel blindsided, stunned and moreover, disappointed.

While you may feel a particular situation or employee let you down or impacted your leadership, the reality is that disappointment arises from a lack of possibility to meet expectations. It breeds where there is no opportunity for success.

Surviving a curveball comes down to the difference between a self-directed and an other-directed person. If you allow a situation at work to let you down, if you believe that a project itself is controlling whether you’re happy or miserable, then you will spend a good deal of your time at work being miserable. If, however, you are able to turn misfortune into opportunity, … Read More »

Rebuilding Shattered Weekend Expectations

Posted on April 29th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in 2012, Blog, Weekend Attitude Adjustment. No Comments

As you gear up for the weekend do you have expectations of how it will look? Perhaps it’s attending a sporting event, having a picnic in the park, hosting out-of-town guests or doing a home improvement project? Whatever you have planned, it is your weekend and you “expect” it to go the way you planned. So, there is nothing worse than losing your weekend to one of life’s curveballs such as a sudden illness, a rained-out picnic, or a child coming home with a case of head lice (yuck).

Essentially your “system” has been impacted. Take tackling head lice for example. Your weekend and your home have now been turned upside down. What was once a weekend of fun family activities, a few chores and some downtime now consists of cancelling your plans, spending money on lice treatment, treating your entire … Read More »

Make the Most of Your Weekend

Posted on March 14th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in 2012, Time Management, Weekend Attitude Adjustment. 2 comments

Between Daylight Savings last Sunday and the first day of spring just around the corner,what better moment to talk about time.

Do you sometimes feel you are losing control over your time – like somehow it got off course like a run-away train or instead time controls you instead of you controlling your time?

Imagine if you could have 60 minutes of unscheduled time every day. That would be seven hours in a week and 28 additional hours in a month. Expand it for the year and that would be 14 extra free days. That’s a second vacation or stay-cation!!! It may sound ridiculous, but it can be achieved.

So, how do you maximize your time? Apply these seven tips to your weekend time management:

Analyze Your Weekend – Think about Sunday night – you are sitting on the sofa or the porch sipping … Read More »

Leverage Leadership Opportunities

Posted on March 1st, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in 2012, Ask Your Team and Leadership Coach, Blog. No Comments

“If [women] understood and exercised their power they could remake the world.” ~Emily Taft Douglas

 In honor of Women’s History Month, it seems only fitting to talk about women in leadership.

There have been times in my life when, much to my surprise, I have been chosen for a leadership role. I’m strolling along, locating my path and I turn around only to find people are following me. It’s at that moment that I am sure they didn’t see the bumper sticker stuck to my butt that reads, “Don’t follow me. I’m lost too!”

Then there have been times when I have been asked to take on a leadership role and, after a certain amount of arm twisting and cajoling, I agree only to fail somewhat or miserably. I did it for their reasons, not mine.

And then there was this time … Read More »

Weekends With a Purpose

Posted on April 19th, by Mary Elizabeth Murphy in 2012, Blog, Weekend Attitude Adjustment. No Comments

As you’re gearing up for the weekend, are there some dreaded chores you are avoiding? Now’s the time to reprogram your thoughts and determine your purpose for the tasks at hand.

Let’s take laundry for example. Instead of doing the laundry on Saturday because you have to, or it’s your job or no one else will, determine your purpose. Ask yourself the following questions:

Is my goal to have clean clothes and to make sure my kids have fresh outfits for their sports games?
Will the reasons bring me pleasure and a feeling of contribution?
Why am I doing this?

And while you are doing this particular task, be mindful of what it is that you are doing. Focus on the process of loading the washing machine, pouring in the detergent and folding clothes as soon as they are hot out of the dryer – … Read More »