Anyone who has been a caregiver to a loved one knows it can be a 24/7 role. Trying to be a caregiver while working full time without supports is exceptionally challenging. Over three million people in Ontario identify as a Caregiver. This number is likely to increase as our populations ages. Employers need to recognize what the caregiver demands are and have conversations with their employees about it. Let’s start having healthy conversations about education and support for our caregivers.
In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Many of these battles cannot be seen. I suspect these numbers are pretty similar around the world. I love this 10 Keys to Happier Living from Action of Happiness in the UK. Commit to sharing how you are feeling and help promote mental wellbeing in families, schools, workplaces and communities.
I loved this 2016 Oprah Super Soul Sunday chat with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner. In the epIsode, Jeff speaks about compassionate and mindful leadership and shares LinkedIn’s Six Core Values:
• Members First
• Relationships Matter
• Be Open, Honest and Constructive
• Demand Excellence
• Act Like Owners
• Take Intelligent Risks
He also goes on to speak about the five keys of happiness learned from his mentor Ray Chambers.
• Be in the moment
• It is better to be loving than to be right
• Be a spectator to your own thoughts and emotions
• Be grateful for at least one thing every day
• Be of service to others
If you are a leader or aspiring to be one, definitely take the time to watch this Super Soul Sunday episode on compassionate leadership.
“Something that is a part of your history or that remains from an earlier time.” – Cambridge Dictionary
When we speak about a legacy, it is often in the context of when someone has passed away. One may hear “George was an amazing husband, father and family man.” or “Andrea was so selfless to the needs of others and gave so much back to her community.” Not only do we leave a legacy when we leave this earth but also in the workplaces we inhabit during our lifetime. Whether one has spent their entire career in one organization or moved around from place to place, everyone of us has a work legacy we leave behind.
Will people miss you or will they be happy you are on your way out the door? Will you be known as a brilliant business person, a deal maker, a teacher and facilitator, a backstabber, a hard-worker, bully, one of the mean girls or guys, a manipulator or micro-manager, coach, confidant, collaborator, someone who includes other, who is inclusive, makes people feel at home, a team player, a peacemaker or relationship builder.
No matter what ones role in an organization is, we all leave it with a legacy – positive, negative or indifferent. If you left today, what would your legacy be? Is this something you would be proud of? If not, what are you doing to change it?
Remember YOU and your actions have the power to decide what legacy you will leave others with. What do you think your legacy will be? What do you hope it will be?
Memories of an evening with Oprah circa 2013. AHA moments – Who are you in the moments of quiet and stillness? Listen carefully to the whispers and um’s. Listen to your inner voice, follow your instincts and find greatness in service.
“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” – Robert H. Schuller
“Be nice to people on your way up because you will meet them on your way down.” ~ Wilson Mizner