Smart at Work

Smart at Work

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It’s Day 3 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m pleased that I’m still committed. A change to our agency’s hours of operation have me beginning my day earlier to avoid heavier traffic with a later end time. With the schedule change, life happening, Zumba, and my obsession with Tuesday night HGTV’s Fixer Upper and new Home Town shows on until 10PM, I could have easily been tempted to skip blogging.

Part of my goal with this project is to determine my blogging style and to find my voice. In only three days it’s become apparent that rather than trying to fit my life around my blogging, I need to fit blogging around my life. Tonight that means I’m  watching my one night of television and writing during commercials. And I’m letting everyday life vs. a desire to depict an idyllic one inform my topics.

Have I mentioned that I love my job but hate my commute? Hate is a strong word, but it’s fairly accurate. On my way to and from work I navigate a harrowing 45 mile stretch of highway that could easily cause me to find employment elsewhere if I didn’t feel as if I’m living my purpose and doing exactly what I got a Master’s degree in Leadership and Coaching to do. As much as I spend a lot of time on my daily commute, that time is nothing compared to the actual amount of time spent on the job…

A large part of my role as Director of Care Continuum is leading a team of amazing Life Coaches. Few things are more rewarding for me than educating, equipping, encouraging, and empowering Coaches to come alongside the Coachees I assign them. They partner with them on their transformational change journeys. In short, I develop and empower powerful change agents to coach others to reach their highest potential. Pretty sweet gig for a Maximizer (Strength Finder 2.0), right?

Another aspect of my role is building the continuum of care to address and remove barriers for the Coachees. This means forming partnerships with agencies that provide direct services and/or support in all of the life domains – physical, emotional, financial (work), relationships, and spiritual. The Life Coaches connect their Coachees to these care resources. So, in that sense, I build barrier breakers. No matter their past, with barriers broken down, the future is brighter for Coachees. With Belief and Futuristic as two of my other top strengths, it doesn’t get much better than being a part of the positive change for Coachees because I really do believe that tomorrow can be better than today. The fact that I’m a Life Coach myself and get to experience this 1:1 is icing on the cake!

Finding career or job fit is not the only way to be smart at work, but considering many Pink Collar women spend more time in the workplace than we do at home, it’s one of the best ways. Doing something that is aligned with my purpose makes the long commute bearable – that and jamming to my alternative Christian music on the way!

When we’re able to live out our purpose in our professional lives, we’ll have found our fit and be in great position to not only be smart at work but to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on purpose while we’re at it. Long or short commute…


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