This past weekend I read a truly forward thinking article on managing your Ego at work. I would like to share it with you. It was written by Ms. Christine Latimer*. Miss Latimer urged that the following ego traits should be left at home:
“The need to be right; A sense of entitlement, or specialness;
Gossip; ‘Yes person’ mentality, not being one’s true self; and
As a Coach, I believe if any of these traits were left at home, your listening skills would improve; you would practice paying attention to what someone else is saying and, you would allow yourself to be open to other options of thought.
So what really is EGO. It was an amazing eye-opener to discover Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus** provide over 75 synonyms of the word EGO. Here are a few to consider this week. EGO is… courage…worth…conscience…thought…pride…essense…self-esteem…attitude…soul…bent…true being…frame of mind…core…innermost being…tendency…stuff…outlook…disposition…sub-conscious.
During the course of this week, consider if your EGO is directing your actions as you Choose Who You Want to Be Known As. Enjoy your week!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach & Change Agent* Research Summaries for Business Leaders, August 3, 2012, published by LMK Partners. Retrieved August 5, 2012. **ego.(n.d.) Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition. Retrieved August 5, 2012, from Thesaurus.com website: http://thesaurus.com/browse/ego.