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A Master is never defensive

A master is never defensive. Instead, a master actually likes the learning that comes from being challenged and it’s actually an enjoyable, educational process. See, mastery means turning down the defensiveness that comes naturally to all of us. Defensiveness looks like when someone challenges us, trying to take the stand of being right. But we can be happy, or we can be right. We can’t be both. So, the next time someone challenges you, it’s a great opportunity for you to learn through humility by saying, “Tell me more about that, I want to understand.” As opposed to taking the stand that you’re right.

How to develop a healthy ego

We all have egos, but sometimes our egos are helping us and sometimes, not so much. You see, a healthy level of ego allows for us to grow, to learn, to be in a state of humility. When we lack humility, or we don’t have the aspirations, or the graciousness of our successes, or we lack the resilience in our failures – that’s when our ego is not serving us. Ego is a wonderful thing when it serves us and is purposeful about what we’re doing. But, when it gets in the way and we don’t have humility, graciousness, and resilience; now we know, ego has become a problem. The good news, we can fix that just by being aware.

I am Responsible

Union analyst James Holland says, “The moment we say, ‘I am responsible. I am accountable. I have to deal with this.’ is the day we grow up. At least until the next time, the next regression and the next evasion.” Interesting quote. So growing up is something we do every day when we take on challenges that we had been unwilling to take on in the past. But when we step into that level of accountability, that’s when we’re living with our power. And that’s what he refers to as growing up. So how do you step into your power today to take on the things that you see going on around you that you know just aren’t quite right? Make it happen today.

What do I need to “step into?”

What if you asked yourself today, “What do I need to step into?” Well, what does that mean? Step into means you’re probably doing some things the way you’ve always done them before and that’s okay – except it’s going to get you what you’ve always got. So if you want to have a different result, you’re going to need to step into something different. Choose to do things differently than you’ve done them in the past. But that doesn’t happen until you ask yourself the question every day, “What do I need to step into today?”

Keeping Millennials on Board

There’s no getting around it. The millennial generation is going to be a big part of the workforce for years to come.

By 2025, those born between 1980 and 2000 will make up 75 percent of the workforce. For every one of us, there will be three of them!

Learning how to keep Millennials engaged and productive should be a top priority not only for managers but for the colleagues of these younger employees. It won’t always be easy. No generation has ever been as willing to jump ship for better wages or working conditions. When that happens, it’s hard on EVERYONE.

It’s true that some millennials want to be paid for doing nothing, but every generation has some of those, especially when they are young. But far from being lazy, the best of the Millennials are actually MORE likely to stay if they have CHALLENGING and MEANINGFUL work assignments that hold their interest.

So when you’re on a project with younger coworkers, don’t assume they can only handle the more routine tasks, and be sure to ask their opinions when you can. You might be surprised at what you get.

And don’t forget the importance of a little positive feedback once in a while. It can mean even more coming from you than from the boss.