This is a quick follow-up post to dovetail off of the frameworks and tools I shared yesterday. I was introduced to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in my Psych 101 class back when I was 18 years old.
For some strange reason…. it resonated with me. And over the years, I often refer to it anytime I am trying to figure out whether a certain situation is meeting my current needs.
Currently, I am motivated by ONE thing in my professional life (right side) –
Challenging Job/Achievement and Advancement – Why just the One? .. Well my logic is, if you achieve that, then everything below falls right into place.
A few years ago… my self esteem was heavily tied to work relations i.e. needing to be validated and appreciated… It actually was my #1 Need (smh). Thankfully I have evolved and matured emotionally to a point where it isn’t much of a factor anymore, which allows me to operate at an optimal level based on logic, patterns, and professional intuition.
Don’t get me wrong, those of you who know me can attest to the fact that I am committed and devoted to supporting others in the work environment; always making myself available in hopes of adding value to a colleague’s life both personally and professionally.
But just like anything, personal relationships even at work…. can get personal, at which point expectations on both sides can splash into a ‘casual/friendly’ grey area, which often times is NOT healthy for business operations long term.
Much of my younger audience will probably debate me on that point, as they are living in an era of a very nurturing and forgiving corporate culture sprinkled with lunches, team building, play time (on company time) and a great allowance for excuses with tons of opportunity for ‘another chance’….
I’m struggling with this concept, as I have not yet figured out a healthy balance between making everyone feel GREAT and running an efficient operation, where at times… sacrifices have to be made and standards have to be met.
And truth be told… as much as I appear to force logic and structure…. I actually have a VERY HIGH EQ (Emotional Intelligence)…. which nowadays… I hear is a GOOD THING lol….
THANK GOD I have a quality that is FINALLY ‘in style’…. A mere 2 years ago, I may have been accused of being ineffective because I was ‘too nice’ or ‘too empathetic’ or ‘too invested’ LOL (that’s actually a true story).
Here’s what I know for sure… and I can only speak from my personal experience – For those few individuals who have been with me 3+ years who I do have a ‘personal’ relationship with at work…. they will tell you – we have a shared google doc that outlines our business and personal relationship line by line, year by year. We have annual check ins to ensure that everything is on track, and at anytime if something gets out of sync on either side… we both open up our document and have a conversation as to whether the current ‘arrangement’ is meeting one anthers needs ranging from –
Is it a salary issue? Do they want more Paid Time Off? Is their current role challenging enough OR is it too taxing? Are they shifting priorities in their home life? Do they feel appreciated? Have they been overlooked for a position? Do they feel they’ve outgrown the position or the company?
No Lie… I actually work with people on an exit strategy if they’ve identified that they want to move on – with full support and enthusiasm!
It took me a while to realize that we are NOT all motivated by the same things at the same time. Thankfully, I’ve been able to apply this to the rearing of my son as well. And just like anything… sometimes a relationship comes to an impasse where the needs cannot be met on both sides.
And that’s ok too! Rule #1 You will not succeed in ANYTHING unless you know who you are, why you are doing it and what you expect to get out of it.
SELF AWARENESS my friends…
It took me 40 years to get here! And even though I’m losing my beauty, heavier than I’ve ever been, hair thinning… all the superficial things we fixate on…. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO CONFIDENT!
A song I used to play on HEAVY ROTATION… Mary J Blige – Take Me As I Am….
I sang the words but didn’t believe them in my heart at that time…..
Well just know, thanks to some self introspection, some strategy and follow through that has resulted in a pretty impressive/stable track record in business efficiency and profitability….Along with finding my voice and being able to communicate my expectations without feeling awkward….
It’s NOW your girl’s anthem! (better late than never)