This time last year I gave up complaining for Lent and went on a Complaint Free Diet. In my attempt to talk about why millennials are not that bad it appears that I have rather reinforced the idea that some millennials do in fact suck, but that the degree to which those individuals progress or regress depends upon how they are managed. So I’d like to shift my focus of this blog back toward millennials who defy those negative connotations. I may throw in an abbreviated update from time to time, but considering that I’ve spent the first half of day 1 of my 3-day weekend ruminating over workplace conflict (and I haven’t really left my bed yet), I’d like to spend the remainder of my time there taking back control of my life by finding “worthwhile” initiatives to engage in [Do you complain too much? (or not enough?)].
I am not my job. I am not a reflection of my workers performance. I am not a reflection of my absentee colleagues opinions. I am so much more, and it’s time I remember who I am and start acting like it.
Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
That being said, I think I’m going to try a funky experiment based upon Waitley’s advice and design an engagement study. I do it for my workers and the assessment tool has been incredible for building accountability. I don’t know if anyone will ever even read this or have any sense of personal investment of my success, but one of the fundamental criterion for building effective engagement is that I have to believe the work that I do matters, and that my success is connected to the success of something bigger than myself.
So I’m going to pretend for a moment that the efforts I make toward increasing my personal engagement does matter, and that some day it could matter to someone even if it’s just a future happier version of myself. So I’m going to go take a shower and put on pants now, and start taking care of myself.
Who knows; my future, more engaged-self could be awesome! 🙂