I love that word. I like the way it sounds, and the way it feels. To say it…to be it.
What does it mean, though? Empower? Some of the words to define it include: authorized / allow / permit /Enable / Inspire / Embolden!
We usually talk about empowering others. Empowering our people, our employees, our kids.
But how about empowering ourselves?
Bosses, managers, parents, and people in legitimate authority seemingly have the ability to transfer or allow us to have power. And sometimes they allow us and sometimes they don’t. And sometimes when they do allow us, it’s reluctantly, right?
Drove to Cong, film place of the famous John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara film; The Quiet Man. Met up with two cousins there. The trip from Westport to Cong, however, was harrowing. The GPS was definitely messing with us Yanks and it sent us via the shortest and most perilous route.
As it is, in Ireland, the steering wheel is on the wrong side of the car (actually just the “other” side), and we must drive on the wrong side of the road (actually just the left side). So that makes it immediately confusing, but then add to that a stick-shift, signage in Gaelic, kilometers, (versus miles) and more.
All this, and then we found ourselves driving on...
Do you get stressed out when things are disorganized?
Do you hate it when people are late?
And what is late? 5 minutes or 15?
Do you work best under pressure?
Do you feel exhausted after spending time with certain people?
Don’t you sometimes wish that everyone could just get on board and do it the right way!?!
It’s helpful to know these things about yourself. Because chances are, other people already know them about you! The emotionally intelligent person / leader / parent / student / manager / boss / employee / partner / friend, has good self-awareness, which leads to success at home, at work, at play....
When I worked for IBM, it was rare for anyone to work from home. We commuted into city or suburban offices where we spent the day and sometimes evening working, doing, finishing whatever we were working on.
And then the home office happened. I think it was evolutionary, i.e., it took a long time to arrive. But it is here now, and it is welcome and working (no pun intended). According to Forbes Magazine, almost 30 million Americans now work out of their homes. And that number is likely to increase.
I worked for so many years in a downtown or suburban office many miles from my home, my children and my community. And that was often...
Are you making the transition from college into the Real World? Or are you a parent / employer / friend of someone who is?
This is probably one of the most challenging moves we make as adults. And unlike many others – not a lot is out there to guide us. You can buy books and read Harvard Business Review articles about what to do as a new manager, leading a new team, starting a new company or project, but not much on diving into the Real World, as an Apprentice… something we ALL inevitably do.
I think back to my own experience - growing up in a union, blue collar Chicago family and going to work for a Fortune 100 Tec...