“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein
This month of October, on a National basis, is about Learning in business as well as remembering our heritage. Polish American, Italian American, Hispanic Heritage and German Heritage all celebrate their ancestry background this month.
It’s also National Cyber Security Awareness Month https://www.boozallen.com/c/insight/thought-leadership/booz-allen-kicks-off-national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2017.html and National Women’s Small Business Month https://www.nwbc.gov/news/10-million-strong-october-council-celebrates-national-women%E2%80%99s-small-business-month. The Balance website hosts an extensive list for you to choose a favorite event: https://www.thebalance.com/october-is-national-month-calendar-3514993
Here in Chicago, events during the year have all led to the celebration of Chicago Ideas Week http://chicagoideas.com from October 16th through October 22. As an example, Professor Marcelo Gleiser, Director the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College spoke at a Symposium on the Future of Intelligence: Human, Machine and Extraterrestrial, sponsored by Chicago Ideas. He asked the question, “Are we engineering our own destruction through technology when we speak about artificial intelligence?” It’s an ethical and scientific dilemma because our intelligence is really about how we move from our present world to the future, including all that’s dark and dangerous, to creating a future that is just and equitable for all society.
As mentioned earlier, this month of October celebrates who we are as a society because all that we have around us places us in a state of constant Learning from the daily occurrences in our lives, both personally and in business. Within the past 30 days of our lives we have experienced or witnessed more tragedy in the USA, than was ever presented before, in non-war time. We mourn all those who left this earth and keep the survivors in our good thoughts for recovery.
Earlier this week, I attended an online Webinar where like-minded people shared their views about our profession and how we can Learn from one another’s experiences. It is because of that discussion that I would like to share with you some ideas for change management in your career. I prepared the format this week and it is based on a business presentation, hosted by the University of Chicago back in 2001. It’s pretty straight forward and timely in today’s environment. Here it is:
As you Choose Who You Want to be Known As during this Learning month, consider how the survivors demonstrated their strength of character and became the best examples of USA humanity for us all.
L essons we learned
A lways come to mind when we are called to
B e our best when adversity strikes.
O ur humanity shows as we
R each out to give back to our community.
D ependability, selflessness and care
A re the cultural values we witness from
Y ou our Southern Americans this 2017 Labor Day.©
Best wishes on this 2017 Labor Day
as you Choose Who You Want to be Known As
“Jo Ann” M. Radja Executive and Career Management Coach
In order for an organization to stay healthy, its members must have a clear sense of who they are and what they can accomplish…in terms of a product they make or… in terms of a service they perform. Members must feel they have a share in it. Fred Pearson
Earlier today, I published a post entitled, “What’s YOUR Question Today?” at LinkedIn Pulse https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-your-question-today-jo-ann-m-radja The subject matter was innovation, feedback from the world’s largest architectural firm founder, Arthur Gensler and a change management Design Group Study Guide from the University of Chicago. A number of questions were posted from the Design Group Study Guide. I would like to share with you additional questions because they acknowledge how you may be able to work through different perspectives in a group or team. Here they are:
What expectations do the leaders have for the group/team? Is there a match with the expectations of the team? Are the expectations in line with the agreed goal of the project? If not, is it time for the group/team to agree an expectation has a place to be articulated in the group and may be unrealistic.
“How do your attitudes compare with the team members? Are your observational skills improving? Are your skills at listening to others, and asking effective questions, getting better? How were you influenced by others, for the better, in the group/team?”
“What skills do Group Leaders need to get the job accomplished? What skills do group members need to work together? How has your participation in the group/team increased your understanding of your company and your place within the company?”
Personal growth will only be realized when you recognize what was difficult for you, your lack of understanding of an issue, or dealing with another person, or making a tough decision. No one ever said self-development was easy and that’s why we love to do better by stretching ourselves in our careers! Have a great week.
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive & Career Management Coach
Here’s my story from the LinkedIn post, published this afternoon at : “Friday the 13th and Synergies. . .” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/friday-13th-synergies-jo-ann-m-radja by @Coach_Jo_Ann on @LinkedIn
Math is where the answer is right and everything is nice – you can look out the window and see the blue sky – or the answer is wrong and you have to start all over again and see how it comes out this time.
Earlier this evening, LinkedIn Pulse published my Blog entitled, “Why We Sometimes Don’t Make a Choice” https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-we-sometimes-dont-make-choice-jo-ann-m-radja by @Coach_Jo_Ann on @LinkedIn. I used a few photos to explain Choice and how the Philosopher Tom V Morris, offered insights into that subject.
I shot the photo, above-left, yesterday morning. It is frost on a window. As I was putting away my flash drive, I remembered the graphic artist and mathematician, M.C. Escher. He was well-known for intersecting images, similar in concept to nature’s frost pattern. An example of Escher’s artwork is shown above-right. As we are almost at year’s end, we often think about what went well for us and what we want to improve in our careers. While we are not all artists, artwork in all forms within social media, offer a space away from our careers to relax and enjoy life for what it is. Relaxation brings clarity to our thoughts so we welcome each day for its own sake.
As You Choose Who You Want to be Known As during the new year of 2017, may your choices bring peace, happiness and contentment in your chosen career. Happy New Year!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach
It was cold and dreary this morning and yet, a few hours later, it is brisk outside and full of sunshine. Was this a change in opposites or just a 180 degree change of outlook – (from which we had no input)?
Change is in the air this Friday in October. The Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in a Pennant race. Halloween is around the corner. Night football is played on television, and many businesses are gearing up for the last quarter of the year and we find ourselves “right in the middle of it all.”
If we want to focus on one item in our career development before our life becomes more hectic than it already is – what would that be? In other words, What’s your Best daily change? Here are some thoughts on this subject:
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach
Earlier this afternoon, I published the following post on the social media LinkedIn; https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-your-choice-popularity-jo-ann-m-radja
Here is the text of that post:
What’s YOUR Choice for Popularity?
Associate Supreme Court Justice Stewart Potter is known for choosing to include an American colloquial phrase in one of his Opinions; namely, “I’ll know it when I see it.” Although Justice Potter used that phrase to define pornography, many of us also use our visual sense in deciding moral ethical issues. It’s generational, isn’t it? We’ve moved from, ” A picture is worth a thousand words,” to “Selfie, anyone!”
Three Researchers, two from Oxford University, Jim A.C.Everett, Phd Candidate and Molly Crockett, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology and David Pizarro, Associate Professor Department of Psychology from Cornell University, created an ethical scenario to understand whether a decision based on Popularity had any influence on its choice. The creativity of adding a choice of Popularity to well-established interpretations of ethics allows for inclusion of present-day understanding of morality. The scenario is:
“Imagine that an out of control trolley is speeding
towards a group of five people. You are standing
on a footbridge above, next to a large man. If
you push him off the bridge onto the track below,
his body, will stop the trolley before it hits the
five people. He will die, but the five others
will be saved. Should you push the man off the
The Researchers also added a twist to their “trolley problem” as they asked a question: how would you trust a social partner, based on their answer to the trolly scenario. Here is the May 5, 2016 URL for, “Want to be popular? You’d better follow some simple rules”: http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2016/05/cross-post-want-to-be-popular-youd-better-follow-some-simple-moral-rules/
While many academics may challenge the findings of these Researchers, their result is applicable for business settings. It is:
“So the next time you have to make a tough call, remember – people like people who follow moral rules.”
Have a great week as you Choose Who YOU Want to be Known As!
“Jo Ann ” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach
Our workplace demonstrates how diversity enhances our well-being. We like to hear: “We’re glad you’re here.” “Thanks for bringing up that point, it adds to our conversation.” “I didn’t know that’s what it means in your culture.”
Our commonality looks for the difference we bring to the Table. It enables us to understand another viewpoint and how the viewpoint impacts the discussion.
With pride, we may bring to the Thanksgiving Table, pepper spice, nuts, fruit and our local Bounty – just a few of the diversity items we add to the mix of celebrating Thanksgiving. Because it is a centuries old tradition of giving thanks for a good harvest, our ancestors taught us to recognize how adversity shows us to step back and give thanks for what we did right during the year – whether during our career or personally.
New beginnings definitely took place during our career this year and we survived events we never contemplated. As You Choose Who You Want to be Known As this Thanksgiving, have a safe and enjoyable Holiday!
Shown below are a few websites that may bring a smile of knowing new facts about Thanksgiving —
8 Terrific Turkey Facts: http://www.livescience.com/17057-turkey-facts-thanksgiving.html
11 Surprising Thanksgiving Facts: http://www.livescience.com/41506-surprising-thanksgiving-facts.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=most-popular
Historical Facts about Thanksgiving you may not have known: http://www.plimoth.org/learn/multimedia-reference-library/read-articles-and-writings/thanksgiving-history
Enjoy! “Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive and Career Management Coach
New words that describe continuity, words we might want to use and one word with 12 meanings are the subject matters of the following three recently posted articles on different aspects of continuity in today’s workplace.
Have a great week in your careers!
“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Executive & Career Management Coach