Working from home


What I Wore to Work From Home Today: May 22, 2015
Tank top: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Target

I woke up suddenly at 6:30 a.m. this day because my dog desperately needed to go out. She was experiencing some… technical difficulties. I decided to log in to work atĀ 7 a.m. because I was awake and up and might as well get started with my day. I worked from home in case the dog had continued problems, which she didn’t.

I rarely work from home anymore, only when there’s an unplanned negative event like migraines or dog emergencies. As I’m improving my work motivation and discipline, I plan to start incorporating scheduled remote days into my schedule again, maybe twice a month to start. My boss works remotely four days a week, a privilege she has earned through her tenure and performance. She has a full home office setup with docking station, monitors, keyboard, etc. I sit on my couch or sometimes at the dining table with my laptop. That’s one of the reasons I stopped asking for telecommuting days — some of my work is much easier with multiple screens and a mouse, and I’m not in a position to ask for the home office tools yet. Still, I’m ready to add the occasional remote day again and enjoy the benefits of working from home: total daily commute is 45 seconds instead of 45 minutes, my canine companion gets more human time, I can do laundry during the day, and I can sleep a little extra.

2015_05_22 hands on hips

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Situational Self Leadership

2015_05_20 hands in back pockets

What I Wore to a Seminar Today: May 20, 2015
Blouse: Xi?
Pants: Limited, new
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Last month I attended a training seminar called Situational Self Leadership. The model was developed by the Ken Blanchard Companies, and my firm has licensed or purchased or contracted to present the materials in internal classes. It clicked for me and I’m already incorporating the model in my daily work and general development plans.

An individual can be assessedĀ for each task, objective, or skill on two axes, competency and commitment.Competency includes the specific knowledge required for the goal plus transferable skills, while commitment is the combination of motivation and confidence. The four quadrants correspond to each step, D1-D4. Each dimension has a corresponding leadership style from a manager or leader: low competency needs high direction and low commitment needs high support. A mismatch between the individual’s current level and their approach or their leaders’ can hinder results, decrease engagement, and cause negative experiences.

Enthusiastic Beginner: Low Competence, High Commitment
Disillusioned Learner: Low-to-Some Competence, Low Commitment
Capable but Cautious Performer: Mid-to-High Competence, Variable Commitment
Self-Reliant Achiever: High Competence, High Commitment


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