Who’s responsibility is it anyway? 

Have you ever read an article or watched a video that prompted you to speak up? I experienced this recently when watching the attached video of Simon Sinek from Delta Protective Services. It’s a very informative video about millennials, the impact technology has had on an entire generation, the need for instant gratification, the lack of patience and how it’s now playing out in our workplaces and in society. It’s worth the investment of time to watch through to the end.  

There are many very good points being raised in the video, however, as a leadership and personal development coach, I do not agree with the commentator’s view point that it’s the “corporations” responsibility to fix the problem.  Mr. Sinek is of the opinion that as a result of poor parenting, a dependence on immediacy created by technology, and addictions to social media, millennials have been dealt a bad hand.  He goes on to say employers need to demonstrate good leadership to help this generation in the workplace. Admittedly, these circumstances may have impacted millennials in varying degrees, including developing a dependency on social media, an inability to manage stress, the lack of particular skill sets needed to build meaningful relationships, and in some cases lack of self confidence and the feeling of worth and fulfilment as they move through life.  

Click here to view the video: Millennials

As a leader and coach I’m of the view that responsibility rests with the individual. If I have a problem or see the need to change an aspect of my life which isn’t working for me, then it’s my responsibility to address it. If for example I am addicted to alcohol, have messed up relationships and a lack of self worth as a result of a dysfunctional upbringing, it’s not my employer’s responsibility to fix it. It’s my responsibility. The employer may provide me with an opportunity to go to treatment where I can address the problem, but then recovery is up to me. I think the same applies here. 

Whether you are a millennial or part of another generation, each of us needs to take personal responsibility for addressing whatever challenge we are coming up against. We can blame our parents, technology, society, or some other set of circumstances but when the rubber hits the road, it’s up to the individual to take responsibility for the changes needed to make the best of any given situation.  

Awareness is critical.  I agree employers have a responsibility to demonstrate good leadership by providing meaningful feedback and to support individuals in the workplace.  From there, it’s the individual’s responsibility to take the steps needed to address whatever problem they may be experiencing. That’s how it worked for me. My life has not always been smooth sailing and there have been many instances where I’ve had to take the initiative to overcome personal challenges along the way. That’s how it’s been for most of us.  
The lesson I’ve learned along the way is responsibility for initiating change is an inside job.  

As a leadership and personal development coach I offer services to help individuals and employers develop plans and take concrete steps to overcome obstacles and introduce meaningful change. If you are trudging through life, if your career feels unsatisfying or perhaps you are aware of a skill set needed to help you advance or to turn yourself around, then working with a personal development coach may be right for you. 

St Julien Performance Group provides a free complimentary session to ensure there is a right fit between you and your coach. During the complimentary session I will work with you to identify your individual personal development needs and recommend a course of action. Contact us today!

Are you struggling?

Recently, I watched a video that reminded me that it’s okay to fail.  I know, we’ve heard it from so many great leaders, inventors, and teachers.   Still many of us fight failure.  We struggle with the idea that it’s something bigger than it really is.  

The message in this video is simple and powerful.  It’s a wonderful reminder that failure doesn’t define who we are. Instead, failure needs to be seen for what it really is, an indicator to change course.

Click here to view the video.

If things aren’t going as planned, relax.  Remember failure is here to point us in the right direction.  Adjust your course.  Choose again.

Is the fear of failure stopping you?

It can be scary trying something new….after all there is a risk of failing, and depending on how far you’re stepping outside of your comfort zone the risk of failure increases exponentially. In some cases we become so fixated on the risk of failing we decide not to go forward or we turn back, never really knowing how it might have been.

You may want to rethink that strategy after watching this video.  

Click here to view the video

What are you ready to fail at?   

If taking the first step towards your dream feels daunting, regardless of what your dream may be, working with an experienced certified coach may be the next right step for you.  If you think coaching is something you might be interested in trying, contact me today to set up a no obligation complimentary coaching session. It just might be what you need to make that positive and meaningful change to your life!

It’s all About Perspective

Being grateful for what we have and where we are in life is where happiness begins. Here’s a great clip I would  like to share with you.

Click here to view the Brightside video

What are you grateful for today?

How do you kick start your day?

What would the day look like if we all started it like this?

A word of caution:  You may or may not be able to stand on the counter…watch your step 🙂

Is Your Oganization Looking to Improve its Effectiveness?

Yesterday St Julien Performance Group delivered an Effective Communications workshop at Strandz Hair Design – Il Paradiso Spa and Tanning. We used Target Training International’s #TTI_SI TriMetrics DNA Behaviours and Motivators assessment to understand the team member’s Natural and Adapted styles, as well as learned how to identify the styles of others.

The intent to gaining these insights is to increase communication effectiveness within the team and with their clients by appreciating and adapting to the Natural styles of others.

It’s a dynamic way to improve effectiveness and the workshop can be adapted and scaled to address the specific needs of your organization.  If you are serious about improving organizational and client outcomes, give us a call to learn more about the services we offer.

 

Bonnie StJulien, CEO, Executive Leadership Coach

 

 

 

Effective Communications Workshop March 30, 2015

 

 

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