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Reblog posting of ‘Time Management For Leaders’

Posted in Business, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance with tags , , , , on October 11, 2012 by amandaaanthony

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How about a Lighthearted Leadership “Swim” (Inspiration) to Start Your Day?

Posted in Amanda A. Anthony, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance on July 19, 2012 by amandaaanthony

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How about a Lighthearted Leadership “Swim” (Inspiration) to Start your Day?

Posted in Amanda A. Anthony, Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2012 by amandaaanthony

Ready for a Swim?

One of the benefits of working from home (and for myself) is that having abandoned a very long commute, I gained the opportunity for “me” time early in my day (if I plan it right).  The other morning I went down to the International Swimming Hall of Fame to swim laps, only to find that the pool was closed to the public for a meet. I felt disappointed…but on my ride home, I noticed the ocean was perfectly flat, shining like glass. A moment of guilt bubbled in my belly, imagining going to the beach on a workday; then I decided: this is really a benefit of a flexible schedule & working for myself! So I quickly changed at home & crossed the street to the beach for some quick “laps”.

I dove into the ocean with my goggles & kick board, paddling past the tourists on vacation & the retirees half asleep to align myself with the shore. Then I set off down the shore, swimming parallel to the beach. Any swimmer knows the ocean is a different swim than a lap pool,  most notably because of the salt water (and in this case, the tourists frolicking around). The other major difference is that in the pool, it would be rare to feel little nibbles that send you unexpectedly flying to your feet….which is exactly what happened after about 5 minutes of kicking.

As I looked around above water I didn’t see anything formidable…no sharks! (Whew!) What I saw when I put my face in the water was a big surprise-a school of fish had been swimming beneath me the whole time & I had not even realized it! I was leading a bunch of little fish down the shore, which made me a little nervous at first (haven’t we all felt nervous as “new” leaders?!) but then I settled back into my kicking routine, eventually feeling confident again.

As I swam down the shore I occasionally dipped my head below the surface of the ocean.  It made me smile to see some courageous fish approaching my board, while others tried to get right up to my goggles. Even more surprising, the further I swam, the bigger the  school became! Lots of metaphors here…I will let you use your imagination;)

Not Just Another Fish in the Sea…Are You Leading Today?

As I approached the landmark to turn around to head back to my starting point, I wondered if my new little friends would continue without me up the shore. I had grown comfortable with my new little buddies & the thought of swimming home alone suddenly felt like it would be a little lonely.  As it turned out, when I made the turn, they broke out of formation into a random little swarm beneath the sea…then when I started the other way, they made their way back into formation! They followed me all the way back until I made it to my exit point.

Whether it was my confidence, my large shadow or the color of my black swimsuit, it brought a little sunshine to my morning to think that even at the most unexpected times, when you lead-others will follow.  It made me smile; soaking in the sunshine, getting a little exercise & playfully thinking about blogging this little light fish story for you. Have a wonderful day…and remember: We are all leaders, even when we aren’t sure anyone is watching!

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“Wherever you are, be there.” -Jim Rohn

Posted in Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development, Quotes, Work-Life Balance with tags , , on June 28, 2012 by amandaaanthony

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amandaaanthony: Success: What does it Take? And Where Does Work-Life Balance Fit In?

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Success: What does it Take? And Where Does Work-Life Balance Fit In?

Posted in Amanda A. Anthony, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2012 by amandaaanthony

 

I went to lunch with a friend and mentor of mine recently who has owned his own successful company for many years, and he said to me:

“Amanda, I don’t work. I love every minute of what I am doing and it is mine, so this is not work-it is play. I play all day.”

A powerful statement & an aspirational goal to any newly starting entrepreneur…but really isn’t this what we all seek for true happiness, success and personal fulfillment? And maybe this has something to do with more than just passion & luck to find the “right career”? Maybe this is beyond capability and experience.  Maybe this ties back to the ever elusive balance I have been seeking for most of my professional career…

Passion & Drive to Win

I have been passionate in just about everything I have done professionally…even the assignments I didn’t particularly enjoy. The reason? Frankly, I like to win. I always have; my family, friends & husband will all tell you I am a relentlessly competitive game/card player. I love facing new challenges & designing strategies to overcome them which is something that translates both personally & professionally.

Luck

I cannot say that I have never been tempted by superstition…but with that said, in recent years I have far less patience for others who cast luck as the responsible party for good (usually in others’ lives) & bad (usually in their own lives) decisions. We make our own luck.  As a famous entrepreneur said in a recent interview:

“The harder you work the luckier you get.  We are each presented 20 doors-you can call it luck; you create your own opportunities.”-@robertherjavec

Opportunities Won, Opportunities Lost

This is called experience in my book…and it eventually translates into capability, depending on our ability to learn along the way. The key is to take the personal emotion out when things don’t go the way we plan (which can be difficult), try to reach & learn from the situation, then move forward without baggage.  Learn from the past. Be Present. Dream of the Future.

Success = Happiness = Achieving Balance?

I am not the best (yet) at maintaining work-life balance…in fact I am just starting to get a grip on what this must mean/feel like once you achieve it. I have had the tendency to go “full speed ahead” in one or two areas at a time, slowly letting other areas slip, then readjusting the sails as needed.  Examples: A) Working outrageous hours, taking on more & more professionally, but letting my social life and/or health slip. B) Full engagement on my health & fitness along with work, but letting personal time suffer…You get the idea.

Now that I work for myself, it is not any easier to achieve balance. The difference is that now when I work too much, it’s for me, so in some ways it doesn’t feel like work. I have been on vacation for a week but when I check emails or work a little in between, I enjoy it & don’t have difficulty disconnecting afterward.  I recognize that it is early in my independence and I am not yet generating income, answering to stakeholders or facing crucial deadlines…but I wonder, is this a little closer to balance? When your work is enjoyable enough that the lines are blurry with fun time?

The tides are always shifting, the sands moving, the trees growing, the earth turning & changing…as are we. So the challenge remains how to keep everything moving at the right pace to keep balance. I will let you know what I think about this one a little later in my new career;)

If you haven’t read “The Four Agreements” by Miguel Ruiz, it is an excellent and practical guide to happiness that is a perfect accompaniment to my thoughts above.

Please share your thoughts on my blog!

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