INTRAPRENEURS: FINDING HAPPINESS

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PART 5 of ????

Now that we know our core values and balance our wheel, we turn to step three and our inner circle. As Jim Rohn, personal development expert, famously said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend time with.” Who are those people in your life? Who are those people in your industry? Who are those people in your workplace? Often it is not family. Do you need to pivot your inner circle?

Thanks to my inner circle I learned a powerful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lesson. When I was hiring to replace myself, my supervisor challenged me in a positive way to consider strengths and weaknesses of both candidates I was considering. She asked me to look at my weaknesses and see who best could support me and the organization. It was my first DEI lesson, and it was very positive. I hired a strong, Hispanic woman instead of the guy who looked like me and she was an incredible addition to the team. Since then, I have even become certified in DEI training.

The fourth step is the comfort zone. Rohit Sharma, international cricketer, may have stated it best when he said, “You should not remain in your comfort zone; if you want to make it big, you must challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and succeed in doing well outside of your comfort areas.” Imagine working in a setting where this was welcomed and maybe even cherished. This corporate culture would be worth coming in to on “Monday mornings”. I have far too many comfort zone stories to share them here, but when we meet ask me about my first Facebook Live...TO BE CONTINUED…

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