“One of the most difficult challenges is that people don’t know the ‘rules of the game’ or, for that matter, even if there is in fact a game being played,” says Marturano. “There is a pervasive quality of secrecy about office politics. As a result, we can find ourselves filling in the void with our own internal movies about the nature and effect of office politics.”
Everyone has the capacity to lead with excellence. After all, leadership is not about titles or management roles. Leadership, at its heart, is about influence. And every one of us, for better or worse, has an influence every day. Each choice we make has an influence on our own life, as well as our families, friends, colleagues, communities, and the environment…for better or worse.
In the quiet following the holiday hoopla, it is tempting to make a mental list of what we feel we should have accomplished in the previous year and a fresh list of what we will (or won’t) do in the next. I admit to falling prey to the seasonal wish list, taking what I can do and turning it into a must do and then finding myself challenged to check it off the list of what I- leader, mother, friend and human- need to get done.
I have been noticing that the word “joy” appears in the most interesting places at this time of year. I have seen it boldly hanging over my head in a packed mall. I have seen it as part of seasonal commercials for all types of products, and I have even seen it in neon lights at a local gas station. Yet, there is little connection between the meaning of joy and the way it appears.
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