Managing Expectations

My company is fast-paced and growing quickly and honestly a wonderful place to call my 2nd home. There are many moving parts, and lots of different jobs to be done and personalities doing those respective jobs. Since coming back from maternity leave 3 weeks ago, I’ve realized that I’ve had a shift in my thinking a little bit. I’ve been talking with colleagues a lot about how we all need to “raise each other up” and do a better job of supporting each other as a team. It’s so easy to just mark an item off your to-do list or pass it off to another team member… and it’s also easy to forget how that affects that person’s day and workload. Becoming a mom has taught me an important lesson about putting other people’s needs in front of mine, and it has directly affected my view on my job. I’ve been trying really hard to think before I speak, think before I ask, and think before I assign.The key is slowing down, taking a deep breath and managing the expectations. I use to get all huffy when my email inbox was full and my to-do list was long… and when another request would come in, I would rush right to it and try to accomplish the task as quickly as possible (get it off my plate and onto someone else’s). But if everyone did this, things would get missed and mistakes would get made, and honestly people would go crazy. My new goal for work and in life is to think more about my actions and remember that I’m not the only one who has a lot to do. This goes for work, life, my marriage and in friendships too. Let’s all be more kind, and lift each other up. If everyone did this simultaneously, can you imagine the positive effects that would have? Just a little food for thought.

True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve


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Wisconsin wife and mama to Dane (4) and expecting baby girl in May. Navigating life post-cancer. Lover of food, red wine and laughs. Forever grateful for my wonderful life.

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