Moving Into the Final Stretch of Holiday Preparations with Some Sanity

Fortunately for me, I’m not much of a shopper so my Holiday preparations are simple and fairly streamlined.  I like to give gifts that are meaningful and I like to give gifts all during the year.  This keeps me from feeling any pressure to over-give during the Holidays.

There are other areas of my life and career where I do get a bit over-stimulated and over-prepared.  If you know me, you know this is so true!

My belief is that we all have only strengths, not weaknesses. When we get ourselves in trouble – and for me that occurs about 100 times a day – it is not because of a weakness.  I get in trouble when I simply get the volume turned up too high on my strengths.

My ‘over utilized assets’ get me in trouble regularly when I take responsibility for things that are not my responsibility and I value the team, more than I value myself.  This is easy to see since I know my strengths are in the areas of driving results and building relationships.

During the Holidays, especially over the next 8 days when we wind up our work commitments for the year, prepare for 2013 and throw in lots of Holiday Parties, family activities and a tremendous amount of time with our ‘extended family’, it is even more important to know what works for us, what does not work for us and what our strengths are.

With this awareness and information, we can plan our activities according to what really serves and honors us and our values.  We can establish boundaries with others more easily with this information.  We can build in parameters around shopping, Holiday parties and traveling.  We might even be able to sustain our self-care during the Holidays with this information.

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One key to enjoying life is to have moderation in everything.  A life lesson I continue to learn, by the way.

With awareness about ourselves we have the ability to choose.

When we have the ability to choose while practicing self-care and having good boundaries, we most often choose wisely!

If you thought I covered about 82 separate topics in this one blog post you are correct. I intend to take each topic…self-care, boundaries, and moderation and reflect on each of these in more detail over the last week before Christmas. While many people do not celebrate this holiday, almost everyone is caught up in the frenetic activity which can, potentially cause us to make poor choices.

Happy Holidays!

What Does It Mean to Get The Right People In The Right Roles Doing the Right Work?

A few weeks ago during a radio interview, I had an aha moment.  The interviewer, Carol Blonder, was excellent and was really pounding me about this topic.

I shared my perspective on this critically important issue.

Not only do we, as leaders, have the mandate to help our colleagues identify their strengths  in order to align their roles with those strengths, we also must be willing to address their greatest vulnerabilities too.  If we want significant improvement in our teams’ productivity, we must be open to this level of forthright communication.  We must also provide ongoing encouragement to build in support structures to minimize the risk of those vulnerabilities becoming obstacles.  All of this is  critical to significant improvements in a team’s productivity.

I know that’s a mouthful so let me break it down so it can be easier to understand.

We all have these strengths that we are born with, like our thumbprint.  Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, the founder of the new field of Positive Psychology, says that our strengths are our ‘core values in action’.  For more about Dr. Seligman see his website at

When we get the volume turned up too high on these strengths they become vulnerabilities.  Here at The Halpin Companies we have a program to help individuals grasp all this.  The program is called The Gifts and Gaps Program.  When we over-utilize a strength or an asset, it becomes a liability.

The key is to be willing to be vulnerable and share our own Gifts and Gaps so that others feel safe to share theirs.

The aha for me this morning is that there are still opportunities for me to be more vulnerable in my life, career and within The Halpin Companies.

Who might benefit from your sharing about your own vulnerabilities?

How might this level of authenticity aid in helping others see their own strengths and vulnerabilities?

How might these conversations help better align roles, responsibilities and expectations?

What would it take for you to create a work environment where people felt comfortable addressing these critically important issues?

How big would you want to play?

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