The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it. – Warren Bennis

Happy New Year to all my loyal followers.  Thank you so much to those who visited and inspired me over the past year with their awesome contributions by way of feedback and opportunities for improvement.  Although we might we worlds apart, it shows you care and share my passion for empowering others to do and be the best they can be.

I hope 2016 is your year to shine and if I can help in any way, please reach out as my goal for 2016 is to empower as many people around the globe to brush fear aside, step outside their comfort zone, give them a confidence boost and achieve their goals for 2016!

How will I do this, you may ask? By challenging the status quo! All the way until each and every person out there reaches their goals.

My motto for this year is be open minded, treat others with a spirit of abundance and expect greatness.

Love to you all

Lilianna

In order to create a resilient workforce culture, we need to start with our education system

Considering Australia is an aging population we need to divert our attention to what our children really need to learn as they grow into young adults and transition into the future generation of leaders. And that is:

  • mutual respect – it’s the only way to build trust. If students, parents and teachers unified and equally demonstrated mutual respect, there is no doubt we would improve the quality of education and the success rate of our graduates. Good old fashioned manners and kind gestures such as good morning, please and thank you can and will go a long way to some basic human kindness, rather than just expecting things to happen. As role models, parents and teachers need to demonstrate that treating each other with dignity should be the number one priority and equally pulling up those who fail to demonstrate it daily.
  • resourcefulness – how to be quick-witted and fight for what you believe in. We all make mistakes, even those in authority are not immune to mistakes or poor judgment calls. Children need to embrace challenging the status quo by being resourceful. And by this I mean, doing your research, getting the information and fighting for what you believe in, as opposed to just giving up too easily.
  • risk -v- reward – taking responsibility for your action or inaction. Such as, consequences for poor conduct or poor performance. As a society we are becoming far too lenient when it comes to breaching serious legislative obligations, especially when they cost lives. Its time to wake up and take performance management seriously from day dot! This is what builds resilience not a slap on the wrist or “I’m sorry”. Our children need a masterclass in risk assessment and management in order to learn the importance of having controls in place to ensure a brighter future for everyone.
  • the value of a dollar – unless our children learn how to manage their own money and start a savings pattern early on in life, they will continue to transition into adulthood without an appreciation for money. Being savvy about your money is the best lesson you can learn at a young age and one that will give you a competitive advantage as you enter adulthood.

“Turn your wounds into wisdom” – Oprah

My first impression having read the above quote by Oprah was….yeah right, easier said than done! I’d much rather revert to the blame game, feeling sorry for myself or asking the age old question…..why me? After all we are preconditioned to ‘negative thinking’ when you know what hits the fan.  So why fight it?  Why?  Because if we live our lives with the expectation that we will never be hurt or let down, we are going to lead a life of stress and misery. And who wants that? Not me.

The more I thought about Oprah’s quote, the more it started to make sense.  Problems (or wounds) created by others, can either make or break us and the experiences shape us into the people we become. Whether for better or worse, problems do create opportunities. Ultimately our attitudes are our driving force in how we choose to adapt and tackle these opportunities in order to help others.

Have a great week!

Lilianna

Silence really is a killer

I have certainly missed my blogger friends over the past month or so but you will be pleased to know that I was distracted with a very good cause!

Ticking off my bucket list which included my long awaited project, self-publishing my very first book.  I can safely say it is now out there for the world to read. Wow what a journey it has been and a great reminder to anyone out there hesitant to turn their dream into reality due to the fear of the unknown, unless you give it a crack, you will never know!  So get out there and give it a go.

Equally if you would like a copy of my book, naturally titled: Challenge the Status Quo please go to: http://www.vividpublishing.com.au/challengethestatusquo/

Or if I can be of any assistance in helping you achieve your goal of self-publishing your book, please reach out!  I would love to hear from anyone who has gone through the process of self-publishing a book and what their experience was like.  Any tips you might give me going forward would also be highly regarded.

Here’s to stepping outside your comfort zone and reaping the success you deserve!

Have a great week.

Lilianna

Don’t let a system beat you!

Regardless of the obstacles before you, do not let a system stop you from achieving your goals.

A system is only as good as the next person who comes along with a strong belief and determination to challenge it. By challenging it, they change the course of not only their destiny but the destiny of those around them. As a society we do our best to adapt to the various systems implemented either by our governments, organisations or individuals. Some with good merit and others with odds that just don’t stack up or are out of our control, such as the forces of nature. However what I don’t believe is that a process cannot or should not be challenged, just because those in authority made it so. So why do most people settle for “sorry but we can’t help you” routine? Because most people:

  1. Would rather walk away from a confrontation.
  2. Give up too easily and settle for the status quo.
  3. Lack confidence to challenge a system – due to lack of knowledge/information or prior experience/exposure.

What we all need more of is confidence, the belief that we can change the outcome. Whether it’s to buy a new car or home, improve your health, get that dream job or change careers. We might have to tackle a system from several angles but as long as we are determined to see it through, we will succeed in challenging the status quo and achieving our goals.

As W. E. Hickson famously quoted: if at first you don’t success, try, try, try again.