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heartbeats in spreadsheets


Do you hear agitated, frustrated, and concerned whispers at your workplace…

I don’t know how to do any more with less.

I just can’t work any harder. 

No one seems to care.

Is my job next?

Does anyone care about me as person, or is it all about the bottom line?

I don’t matter around here.

Are you hearing similar whispers in your head as you contemplate your career future in these tumultuous times?

With the job market still unstable, be gentle with yourself.

Nurture your skills, pay attention to your feelings, reach out for support.

Take time to laugh, to play, to reflect, to rejoice.

For those whom you lead, embed a heartbeat in your spreadsheet. Liberally sprinkle caring, heartfelt laughter, and time for talking and sharing into your need for accountability, results, and performance. Too much emphasis on logic makes the whispers of discontent louder. We’re all hard-wired to connect. When the workplace only seems to value results, people feel like they don’t matter. So the whispers begin.

What greater sign of illustrious leadership could there be today than someone who nurtures themself and who takes/makes the stand that they are leading from the head and the heart, too.

What have you done to nurture yourself and those you lead?



Some quotes about leading from your head and heart on which to reflect

To work in the world lovingly means that we are defining what we will be for, rather than reacting to what we are against. ~Christina Baldwin

Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine. ~Lance Secretan

Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do. The visible signs of artful leadership are expressed, ultimately, in its practice. ~Max Dupree

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. ~John Buchan

Your position never gives you the right to command. It only imposes on you the duty of so living your life that others may receive your orders without being humiliated. ~Dag Hammarskjöld

Are there heartbeats in your spreadsheets, or is everything all about the numbers? ~Jane Perdue



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