November thoughts from Dr. Nathanson

Today is the most important day in your life.

Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow isn’t here yet.
All you have is today, best lived moment to moment, learning, loving, being kind, and helpful to others.
Humanistic leaders who approach their lives in this way significantly impact themselves and their followers in positive ways.
This mental mindset can take a lifetime to understand, but your life will change positively when it occurs, and the world and those around you will be impacted.

How do you like to be treated?

Do you treat others how you are treated?

The humanistic leader is consistent with their behavior.
The next time you respond to others, make a judgment, or talk about someone else negatively, think, how would you feel if the other person was talking about you in this way?
This way of thinking takes practice, but consistently placing yourself in the shoes of the other, you will be responded to positively by others and feel better about yourself.

The humanistic leader is a great time manager!

The humanistic leader has a regular process for managing time.

I set aside 20 minutes daily to plan the next day’s activities.

I only schedule tasks within my available capacity.
Scheduling tasks within your available capacity lowers stress and enables improved productivity.
I prioritize tasks as MUST be done today, SHOULD be done today, and COULD be done today.
Most importantly, use a process that works best for you!

Where is your energy right NOW, and where do you want to contribute to the world?

Five ideas for Joyful Work.

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Don’t JUST take a job because you are good at it; you MUST enjoy it.

It is better to be interested in something, as you will be motivated to learn, vs. to be good at something but no longer interested.

Stop seeking a job and instead pursue your vocation (your calling)

There is a reason that vacation (holiday) and vocation ( game or pursuit) are similar to each other.

An authentic (original) life is the most difficult path to pursue but the most rewarding.

Integrity and Humanistic Leadership

Humanistic leaders seldom change their behavior throughout the day.
They are sincere, open, and honest and consistently communicate their principles and values.

Joyful Work requires personal mastery.

Joyful Work requires a sense of expertise in something you are passionate about.
Let’s share this post.
Where do you feel you are an expert and have personal mastery, or where would you like to develop personal mastery?
By sharing, you will enable others to have ideas as well!

The Humanistic Leader is reflective.

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When leading ourselves and others, it is essential to spend some time reflecting daily. For example, I like to do this at the end of the day before transitioning out of work.
During reflection in a quiet space, I review the day’s accomplishments. I ask myself, did I accomplish what I planned? Why, why not?
How do I feel about my actions and behavior today?
What adjustments might I make for tomorrow?
Then I plan my next day, carefully looking at the committed time to understand available capacity. With this knowledge, I can carefully review my values, goals, and overall master list of tasks. From this review, I will see what MUST be done the next day, what SHOULD be done the next day, and what COULD be done. The Humanistic Leader has a short MUST list ( a few items) to be available for time with followers and quality thinking and reflection.
Having completed reflection for the day and planned for the next day, I can relax knowing I gave it my best today as a humanistic leader!