Living (and Working) Authentically
Photo credit to the awesome MJ.
Sometimes I have to be hit over the head (repeatedly) for a concept to get through. Today, I think the head shots are finally settling in. It’s about authenticity.Authenticity is a value I hold near and dear. I crave it from others and find its opposite quite repulsive. But quite frankly, it is something I’ve never been good at. I don’t know if it’s my introverted-so-I-need-reflection nature or my logic-and-thinking orientation or my high-achieving-so-watch-out way…or something else, but there have been more years in my life than not that I have not been completely transparent or real or approachable (ask someone from Arcadia High School c. 1994-1998). The past several years (or maybe decade or so!), I have been on a journey that is slowly changing that. To open up and share the not-always-organized, definitely-not-perfect, messy-way-of-grace.
I am a pro at compartmentalizing. Argument with David one minute and onto a pleasant, focused business call the next. Overwhelmed by the emotions of leaving my kids for work (again) and then completely engrossed in my work the next. That is a strength I’d say—likely coming from the combination of Achiever/Arranger/Discipline/Belief….but sometimes, it’s not a Strength. It gets in the way and puts up a facade that I never really intended.
Yesterday morning, for the fourth time in the past several weeks, I received the same message and advice about Isogo from a mentor and collaboration guru. Be authentic in your business. Be your personal you and not just the business you. Let that you be the same whether pretending to be Elsa (again) alongside a 3 year old or presenting to a room full of executives. (Perhaps without the breaking out in song…but hey you never know!). So, that is where Isogo is headed—into the realm of de-compartmentalizing. Of overlapping and integrating and showing up and being real from personal life to business life. Into Authenticity.
To start, a friend and colleague of mine, Sarah Davis, who founded an amazingly successful Strengths-based consulting business called reCreate, asked me to guest blog for her (amazing time don’t you think?). And, it’s about relationship. Not just any relationship, but my relationship, with David. It is about what the concept of living from Strength has revealed and taught David and I as we relate and grow and love (and offer that little extra bit of understanding even in the midst of that argument!). Take a look and help me with my merge into Becky-Isogo authenticity.
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