Transcript: Episode 56 – Creative Problem Solving
June 3, 2019
Transcript: Episode 57 – SHRM Credit: Civility in the Workplace
June 17, 2019

Question One

What does being JoyPowered™ at work mean to you? If you feel JoyPowered™, how can you create more joy? And if you aren’t JoyPowered™, how can you discover your joy?

Okay, I guess that was three questions, not one. Many people ask me, “What does JoyPowered™ mean?” They are a bit disappointed, initially, when I respond that there is no magic answer. My goal was never to give you the answer. It was to have you think about what the answer is for you.

I went to a conference recently in Indianapolis, The Faith & Action Project. It was not about work; it was about faith, poverty, gang intervention, and rehabilitation. Needless to say, it was not a typical conference for me. Of course, that meant that not only did I learn a lot about faith, poverty, gang intervention, and rehabilitation, but I also learned even more about what I thought I already knew a lot about – JoyPowered™ environments, teams, human resources, and workspaces.

Question Two

How do you feel on Monday mornings?

  1. I get to go to work today!
  2. I have to go to work today.

One of the speakers at the conference was a former felon, formerly homeless, and an alcoholic; he is now working successfully, has a family, and is buying his first home. He said, “I am so grateful I get to go work.” Are you?

Below are some of the notes I wrote at the conference. I wrote them from a perspective of faith, poverty, and serving others. If you are interested, read them first in this context.

But then, I re-read them in the context of JoyPowered™ environments, teams, human resources, and workspaces. I encourage you to read them in this context and reflect on what it means to you – as a leader, a team member, or as a person at work.

  • It’s not about us, it’s about them
  • We belong to each other
  • Stop trying to reach them, instead ask yourself, “Can I be reached?”
  • Be in awe of what the poor have to carry vs. being in judgment of what they have to carry
  • Choose to be the tender glance and allow ‘them” to comfort us
  • “We are not called to be successful, we are called to be faithful” – Mother Teresa
  • The task is listening to them not yakking at them
  • “We are used to being ‘watched’ not being ‘seen.’” – gang member
  • Be anchored in the moment
  • Welcome our own wounds, or we might be tempted to despise the wounded
  • Be present to one another
  • You are here!
  • It’s about accompanying and receiving people by listening to them

As I change my view of the world, the world around me changes. I choose joy. What do you choose?

JoDee Curtis
JoDee Curtis
JoDee Curtis, SHRM-SCP, CPA, is the author of four books in the JoyPowered® series, co-host of The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast, and Founder of Purple Ink and the ink pad. JoDee has a passion for helping organizations and individuals discover their talents and do more or what they do well!

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