by Kristen Thompson Management 3.0’s Happiness at Work Podcast Producer
In part one of this series, I explored how my work with Management 3.0 changed the way I think about happiness. Though my journey with learning about happiness changes with every guest, there are other lessons I’ve learned over the years that are worth sharing. While COVID-19 has changed the way we work, I’ve pulled a few of the shows that have influenced me in the past, and still apply in this working world. In part two of the series, I’m going to explore the ways our guests have changed who I am as an employee and teammate.
In this episode, Tevis talks about imposter syndrome and how everyone is “faking it until they make it.” At the time it aired, I was finishing my senior year of college and about to enter the professional world. I was terrified and felt unqualified for any job I applied for. Tevis’ talk allowed me to think about why I was feeling this way, and how much it could impact my future. She explains that having authentic conversations with ourselves is the only way to break free from self-limiting beliefs, and doing so will foster more authentic conversations with potential bosses and even current ones.
Her advice allowed me to think about the disconnect between what I wanted to do, and what I thought I could do. When I began to have these conversations with myself I was able to see that the only thing holding me back from my goals, was me.
This lesson sticks with me to this day. Whenever I feel I’m becoming discontent with what I do, I try to find the root of the problem. Once I’m able to identify it, I follow Tevis’ advice and bring these conversations and concerns forward to leadership. In doing so, I’ve set clearer boundaries, asked for what I deserve, and demand that I be taken seriously. No more imposter syndrome for me!
Humor is something that has always been at the forefront of my life. I enjoy laughing and making others laugh, but I’ve never really known where the line should be between my personality and my work. That is, until I met Millie Blackwell. In her interview, Millie focuses on what it means to inject your personality into what you do. For her, this meant bringing humor into her work and not taking things too seriously. She says that doing this will create a positive work environment.
Once her interview was over, I took some time to reflect on what aspects of my personality I wanted to incorporate at work. Up until this point, I was sticking to the status quo to avoid looking unprofessional, but Millie helped me realize that that didn’t have to be the case. I thought about the parts of work that tire me out or that I take too seriously, and what I can do to turn them into a positive. W
hether it means the odd emoji in an email, a funny birthday card, or a get well soon gift, I began to incorporate different aspects of myself into my work and my work relationships. With so many of our guests I’ve been able to change the way I think about work, and how I fit into it. My perspective is constantly changing, and I feel incredibly privileged to be able to work on myself through my work.
In part three of this series, I will look back at some of my favourite episodes that have taught me some of the most important lessons. Stay tuned for a deeper look into how our guests’ insights have been actionably used in my life, and how they can be in yours too.
For more on how to be a better employee and teammate, check out:
- The danger of leaving your true self behind
- 10 Tricks (better than coffee) to boost efficiency at work
- How to connect productivity to purpose
- What does it take to make employees happy at work?
- Using emotional awareness to improve time management