Workloads and expectations are increasing. It’s not a cliché, it’s a fact. It’s the single biggest (confidential) complaint that I hear when spending time with companies. I was speaking at a conference in Florida, and in the short Q&A at the end of my talk a man stood and said “We are doing more with less. We have fewer people than ever, but our project load continues to increase. However, the quality of our work is not allowed to suffer. What should I do?” On this episode, we share some principles for dealing with a crushing workload. What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?
One of the greatest sources of tension on creative teams is when unspoken expectations are violated. This can lead to misalignment with your clients, with your peers, and even with your own efforts. On today’s episode, we’ll look at three kinds of unspoken expectations and three ways to prevent them from taking root and disrupting your work.
Ever feel like you can’t possibly please a boss or client? Or, are you ratcheting up the expectations for yourself (or your team) in a way that makes it impossible for you to be satisfied with an outcome? You might be experiencing something called expectation escalation. However, it’s not always the boss or client that’s to blame. We often do this to ourselves. On today’s episode, I share how to mind your baseline.
It’s so easy to allow expectations to rise to the point of inevitable disappointment. Make sure you are minding your baseline so that you don’t squeeze all of the potential for discovery, surprise, and joy from your life and work.
Don’t believe the lie that success is inevitable. On the inside, where all of the risk is being taken, it often feels like things could fall apart at any moment, and that’s precisely how it should be.