Being our authentic self isn’t always the easiest thing, especially as we relate to others in various ways, but it’s important to keep giving it our best shot. (Photo taken atop Mount Tabor dormant volcano park, Portland, OR.)
In a world that often overemphasizes independence and individual success, it’s important to remember how interdependent we also are. This applies whether you are a team leader, a team member, or even someone who often works independently.
I sometimes work with coaching clients around building support networks. This assists them in achieving what’s important to them.
In what areas of your life are you already good at cooperating–relying upon others while also allowing them to rely upon you?
In what areas of your life would you like to improve one or both of these aspects of cooperation?
Determine one or two small steps you can take over the next week to gently stretch your boundaries in this area.
On the day after Thanksgiving, many Americans climb out of bed extra early, bleary-eyed, to hit the stores. We take on masses of other eager shoppers, seeking sales on everything from televisions to smartphones.
Why do we do this?
Sometimes, whether or not we observe Christmas, we’re just looking to score a good deal on something that we want, on this day of exceptional retailer competition. But often, we’re simply looking to connect with other human beings. Through buying our loved ones the perfect toy, gadget, tool, or item of clothing, we hope to express our affection. When we give a gift, we often hope to get affection in return.