Processing Mindfulness on a Sunday Morning

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I’ve  a grand memory for forgetting – Robert Louis Stevenson via BrainyQuote

 

Personal values of using the Laundry Room are similar to the use of the small office refrigerator, i.e. forgetfulness.     It happens on an early Sunday morning.  You fill two washing machines which are side by side, and each has a 27-minute timer.  You leave for a few minutes and return to see one machine has reached 16 minutes and the other is stuck at 25 minutes.  After a short phone call, you remove the wet clothes and fill another machine.

More than half of the 14 dryers are still full of dried clothes as well as the folding table.  If you are a people watcher, you might enjoy reading that a 20-30 something man enters the Laundry Room.  He bends down in front of a dryer and removes some of the dried clothes.  He leaves knowing he still has dried clothes in the dryer.   Forgetfulness happens at all ages [smile].

Have a mindful Sunday in you activities as you Choose Who You Want to be Known As.   “Jo Ann” M. Radja

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Vulnerable…Vulnerability

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I wrote the following post on January 13, 2015 and would like to share it with you.  It was published by LinkedIn Pulse at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/vulnerability-mainstream-jo-ann-m-radja-1.  The Title is “Is Vulnerability Mainstream?

“While vulnerability has quite a few definitions, we surely have understood different nuances to the word vulnerability because of our recent cold and freezing weather. Bursting pipes in the bowels of public streets, schools or retail stores have sent cold water into streets and buildings.

These challenges have drawn on our resolve and resilience to meet our daily tasks. We personally have no control over these occurrences and have learned quite easily how to manage ourselves when they occur. Yet, whether vulnerability is becoming mainstream for us personally, is an issue many people are now facing in their place of work.

During the 4th quarter of 2013, I had attended a Coaching Conference where an exercise was introduced. We had to pair up with a person near us – face that person – and look at their face for a few minutes, without speaking. We are not used to purposely looking at someone because starring at someone, in our culture, is impolite. What I learned later was that this exercise was an exercise in vulnerability. How comfortable are you in looking at someone’s face, close range. What happens first when the comfort level subsides, do your eyes look down, do you move your head, or your whole body? What are you protecting yourself from, yourself, their gaze upon your face or what you think they see in you?

Switching to 16 months later, while attending a networking event, I noticed that quite a few people were comfortable directly looking at a face, close range, while engaged in conversation (not side-by-side). Others kept a specific distance between faces. Someone engaged me in a conversation and felt very comfortable looking at my face for quite a few minutes. Perhaps we tap into our sense of courage before we allow vulnerability to occur. Would you agree?

Culture surely has an impact on whether vulnerability is considered mainstream. So, what’s your level of facial vulnerability as you engage someone at your workplace? As You Choose Who You Want to be Known As, consider whether your facial expressions represent the best of you. Have a great career week!

‘Jo Ann’ M. Radja, Career Management Coach

Notes: Exercises in Trust have been used in corporations and classrooms for decades. Facial Vulnerability seems to be now entering the mix. If you have examples of participating in a Facial vulnerability exercise, please share your comments with me. (Psychologists are also writing about this exercise as one example to see if you are compatible in new personal dating relationships.)”

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3rd Day of Christmas

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It’s the 3rd Day of Christmas and I hope you enjoy one or more of the following links:  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/pictures/141220-reindeer-animals-christmas-science-cultures-herders/

https://www.google.com/search?q=state+of+illinois+christmas+images+of+lights&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=zsmeVIuaJY31yATL-YCgAw&ved=0CB8QsAQ&biw=1018&bih=501&dpr=0.92

http://thefancy.bandcamp.com/

Enjoy!

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach & Change Agent

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2nd Day of Christmas 2014

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It’s the 2nd day of Christmas and I wanted to share with you a few links you might enjoy.  Greetings from the Midwest!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/augustturak/2014/12/24/a-christmas-parable-on-leadership/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/trulia/2014/12/17/13-holiday-party-hacks

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach & Change Agent

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Labor Day 2013

                          Labor we perform is

                          Appreciated and celebrated

                          By our Bosses

                          On this day in the USA.   It

                          Reminds us of what we give back to our community.

                          Dependability, timeliness and a job well done

                          Are a few values we give our employer/company.

                         Yes, we’re happy to be given a day off to take a break.

© “Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach and Change Agent

Thanks to all of you for reading this Blog and my other Social Media posts.  Have a great Labor Day!

4th of July 2013

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                        4 times a year we celebrate a Patriotic Holiday. Traffic going and coming everywhere  Hurrying to enjoy a great day     Of celebrating our freedom   From tyranny, oppression and terrorists.     Jars of ketchup, mustard and hot sauce on … Continue reading

What’s your Message

On this Monday, we have received a message from outer space, via Commander Chris Hadfield at the Space Station. It’s entitled, “Space Oddity – Chris Hadfield performs onboard ISS with Larrivee Parlor.”  It’s creative, welcoming and novel.

What’s Your Message to “your world” this week in your career.  What do you have to communicate that you have some concerns about?  How will you get your message across to another person?  How would you like to receive the same message?

What’s Your Message can be subtle, direct, indirect, formal, informal, orally or written.  It can also be a signal.  As you work through your message communications this week, Choose Who You Want to be Known As. Have a great week.

“Jo Ann” M. Radja, Career Management Coach and Change Agent

Quiet Time for YOU. . .

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Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow was another one. Dr. Seuss (posted by Lynne Morris on Pinterest.com). We don’t often think “we’re having fun” while we are working. Yet we do. And if you are not enjoying your day, … Continue reading

CONCEPTS…

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Today is the 1st Anniversary of this Career Management Coaching Blog. I am grateful you made a choice to read it and wish you all well in your careers. Concepts is the subject I am blogging about today. Early this … Continue reading

PERCEPTIONS

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Recently, on a cold winter evening, I watched a portion of a PBS broadcast entitled, “NATURE. Cuba: The Accidental Eden.” What became clear to me is how often Perceptions are mistaken. What I was reminded of is the notion that … Continue reading