Ep 17: The Manual: Breaking Free from Expectations in the Workplace

Today we’re talking about the manual, a powerful yet often unnoticed force that can impact our jobs as leaders if not controlled. As humans, we bring our own beliefs and values from various aspects of our lives, shaping an internal guidebook for how we want others to behave in order to find happiness and fulfillment. These beliefs become the foundation for evaluating situations and people, categorizing them as positive or negative based on our personal perspectives. The challenge arises when we unintentionally tie our emotions to the actions of others, leading to potential damage and limitations. 

Listen in as I explain how this manual governs our reactions and can hinder our growth and collaboration with colleagues. You will learn the steps that empower you to let go of rigid expectations, allowing a healthier and more adaptable work environment. By recognizing the influence of our manual, we can navigate workplace problems with greater clarity, empathy, and resilience.

What You’ll Learn In Today’s Episode:

  • The importance of questioning some of the beliefs that you hold.
  • How to cut the unnecessary emotional ties you have to other people’s behaviors.
  • The importance of remembering that you have the power to decide how you react.
  • How to let go of your manual.
  • How to recognize when you have something in your manual that you have emotional ties to.

Ideas Worth Sharing:

Question the beliefs that you hold about yourself and others. – Elisia Keown Share on X It can be super damaging to have your emotions tied to the other person behaving in a certain way. – Elisia Keown Share on X The issue is when you put your emotions and your emotional needs in the hands of others, rather than taking accountability for them yourself. – Elisia Keown Share on X

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