The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it. – Warren Bennis

Happy New Year to all my loyal followers.  Thank you so much to those who visited and inspired me over the past year with their awesome contributions by way of feedback and opportunities for improvement.  Although we might we worlds apart, it shows you care and share my passion for empowering others to do and be the best they can be.

I hope 2016 is your year to shine and if I can help in any way, please reach out as my goal for 2016 is to empower as many people around the globe to brush fear aside, step outside their comfort zone, give them a confidence boost and achieve their goals for 2016!

How will I do this, you may ask? By challenging the status quo! All the way until each and every person out there reaches their goals.

My motto for this year is be open minded, treat others with a spirit of abundance and expect greatness.

Love to you all

Lilianna

Tips to help you respond with confidence in the corporate arena

Regardless of your status, invest time in really “getting to know” your peers and vice versa. Do this and you will reap the rewards 10 fold as your efforts guide you in understanding personal preferences (likes/dislikes), as opposed to focusing on the technical, operational and/or strategic matters alone. Demonstrating commitment to the relationship, will aid in:

  1. More informed and cohesive decision making
  2. Critical thinking in time of need as a result of our global landscape, especially if challenged by remoteness, differing time zones, language barriers, technology, etc.
  3. Taking ownership/accountability rather than hand-balling issues
  4. Your ability to respond with confidence in a timely manner by exercising some discretion (accepting that sometimes you need to think outside the box)

The difference between a dreamer and a believer

In a nut shell is a DECISION to ACT and follow through until your dream is realised. If you are feeling trapped by your circumstances and resolve there is no way out, think again as you are taking the easy road. You need to make a decision, decision is the ultimate power. Decide today and give yourself the fuel, the power to move in the direction of your dreams. You owe yourself the opportunity of exhausting every possible avenue, in every shape and form imaginable. When you are at your lowest point, at breaking point, do not quit, hang in there, you can do it!

Corporate Executives…loosing grip on reality, whilst their employees reach breaking point

Having survived another gruelling week in the corporate cluster and never ending demands (some with good merit and others just dwindling the shareholder returns)….led me to a pretty harsh…. not to mention heart breaking reality, as I spoke to colleagues from different divisions, states and countries, chasing work at the wrath of unrealistic Executives. The disturbing part was that tempers were flared, and any hope of politeness was overpowered by anger and resentment, as they belted out …..”I’m literally about to have a nervous breakdown”……”I’ve been working 18 hour days”…..”I can’t do this anymore”…..”I’m burnt out”……simply heart breaking.

Their despair made me question, why are these Corporate Executives doing this to their employees? The answer came pretty quickly….because they do not live in the real world. Think about it….they live on excessive salaries, at the shareholder’s expense, get chauffeured around, stay in 5 star hotels, fly first or business class, the list goes on. How could they possibly understand the realities of the middle to low class society, whose lives are becoming tougher and tougher as they struggle to put food on the table, pay the bills and god forbid spend any (forget quality) time with their children or families?

So who gave Corporate Executives the right to play Russian roulette with people’s lives? What is it going to take to realise that unless they put the brakes on, we are going to see more and more stress claims as a result of anxiety and depression. Why isn’t our government stepping in? After all it’s in their best interest for a happy and healthy workforce without excessive sick leave claims. What’s the point of legislation, safe work practices, etc. when Corporate Executives override the law with their own laws of ‘put up and shut up’…or there’s the door. Until the next sucker comes along, burns out, and the vicious cycle repeats itself over and over again.

It’s time for employees to put matters into their own hands, rather than rely on Corporate Executives and/or our governments to save us from breaking point. We need to step in and assert some boundaries. You can say no to your boss to working crazy hours and you can say I need to leave at a reasonable hour and by reasonable I mean by 5.00pm most days. Don’t allow yourself to be at the mercy of this selfish high class, whilst you bust your gut each and every day to attain this so called perfection, through unrealistic deadlines and scarce resources, all the while feeling like you are letting them down or even worse feeling like you are a failure as a result of their unrealistic expectations to begin with.

You need to boost your confidence. By boosting your confidence to speak up, you will be better placed to find a happy medium for both parties concerned. As for our Corporate Executives, whilst I can appreciate, and trust me, most of us are pretty clear on the fact that you need to make a profit to be viable, have mercy on your workforce by being clear, transparent and accountable for your actions/inactions. You need to stop abusing and burning out your employees as it is not sustainable to keep going at a 100 miles an hour….eventually the engine will give up! There must be a balance.