How To Create A Great Day

How To Create A Great Day

The first time I read our founder’s email salute, I smiled. If you’ve ever received an email from Lexy, she signs off with, “Create a great day”. I’ve never seen someone sign off like that, and I like it. Instead of telling you to Have a great day, Lexy nudges you to believe what we believe at Trybal: You have the power to affect the quality of your day. and the universe is scheming in your best interest. So, how do we create a great day? Like, actually? Let’s unpack it together. Step by step. Ready? Ok, so, when you think about what’s possible for your life (career, relationships, whatever!)…when you think of how things are supposed to unfold, what your career could look like, how much you should make, what sort of pavement pounding you’ll have to do or fears you’ll have to overcome… What you’re doing is creating thoughts and ideas about what’s possible based on what you think is real and true about life. Ya? Yes. Now, what is real and true about life? How do people come to these conclusions? 1st: We all have personal tests for what is real: our feelings, our logic, our beliefs. 2nd: We have these more systemic tests for what is real: group consensus, norms, rules, laws… All made real by agreements in society. We can call it Agreement Reality. For example, in his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell and researchers agree, by consensus, in accordance with rules on how to do research, that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. We read this and agree because, “Wowwww,...
Avoid Trapping Yourself in Clever Stories with Crucial Conversations

Avoid Trapping Yourself in Clever Stories with Crucial Conversations

Where did the day go? Have you ever sat down and really added it up? Morning Drive: Starbucks 15 Traffic 45 On the phone or talking to coworkers in the parking lot 5 Starting your work day: Talk w/ coworkers about last night’s game or HBO series 10 Stop at coffee pot or break room 10 Boot up the computer 5 Organize desk for the day 5 Texting family 5 Lunch: Finish last call 10 min before lunch starts and decide not to start anything new because only have 10 minutes 10 Talk with coworkers about where to go to lunch because nobody wants to commit 10 Arrive in parking lot exactly at 60 minute mark instead of being at desk ready to go 10 Personal business (phone calls, bills, personal email, etc.) 10 Afternoon: Coffee break , brief walk around the building to stretch 15 Checking social media and texting friends 10 Sorting through email distractions such as newsletters, ads, shotgun emails on which you’ve been cc’d 20 Text kids to make sure they made it home from school OK 5 Talking to your friend about their family issue, date tonight, new car, or the new series on HBO 15 5:00 PM Several coworkers stop to chat on their way out 15 Walk around trying to find that person you haven’t been able to catch all day 10 6:00 PM Several chats with coworkers on your way out 10 Traffic 45   Minutes Underutilized 285   Hours Underutilized 4.8       Now, ever say something like the following? “I don’t have time!” “I hate working so many...
My Commitment to Strengths: How I Found My Tryb

My Commitment to Strengths: How I Found My Tryb

You do what? It’s common occurrence to be asked what I do. My answer, “I’m a Strengths Coach” is often swiftly followed by a curious “How did you get into THAT?” My path to coaching, which eventually led me to Trybal Performance, is a culmination of a lot of career starts and stops. Until I channeled my natural, positive inclinations and started focusing on what I did well, instead of operating as best I could within the parameters of my shortcomings, I never really knew what was possible. My career path looks like many mid-career professional’s typical trajectory: Working in one or two industries Advancing through the ranks from rookie to proficient contributor Leading teams along the way Vacillating between sales and marketing functions Eventually seeking an advanced degree - my MBA Throughout the first part of my career, I was seeking fulfillment in the contributions I was making to the organization and my team. I was driven, focused and eager to learn from my mistakes, but couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t truly feeling fulfilled at work. My introduction to StrengthsFinder and Trybal Performance. When my department became the first in the company to adopt the StrengthsFinder assessment and methodology, Trybal founder Lexy Thompson was brought in to kick-start the program. After spending some time learning about my unique strengths, how they show up to others and ways I can leverage them further, Lexy asked us to write down the % of time we spent using our strengths at work every day. [tweetthis]What % of the workday do you use your strengths?[/tweetthis] Though I paused to contemplate her...
My Commitment to Strengths: How I Found My Tryb

My Commitment to Strengths: How I Found My Tryb

You do what? It’s common occurrence to be asked what I do. My answer, “I’m a Strengths Coach” is often swiftly followed by a curious “How did you get into THAT?” My path to coaching, which eventually led me to Trybal Performance, is a culmination of a lot of career starts and stops. Until I channeled my natural, positive inclinations and started focusing on what I did well, instead of operating as best I could within the parameters of my shortcomings, I never really knew what was possible. My career path looks like many mid-career professional’s typical trajectory: Working in one or two industries Advancing through the ranks from rookie to proficient contributor Leading teams along the way Vacillating between sales and marketing functions Eventually seeking an advanced degree - my MBA Throughout the first part of my career, I was seeking fulfillment in the contributions I was making to the organization and my team. I was driven, focused and eager to learn from my mistakes, but couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t truly feeling fulfilled at work. My introduction to StrengthsFinder and Trybal Performance. When my department became the first in the company to adopt the StrengthsFinder assessment and methodology, Trybal founder Lexy Thompson was brought in to kick-start the program. After spending some time learning about my unique strengths, how they show up to others and ways I can leverage them further, Lexy asked us to write down the % of time we spent using our strengths at work every day. [tweetthis]What % of the workday do you use your strengths?[/tweetthis] Though I paused to contemplate her...
How to Build Your Strengths to Sophistication in 4 Easy Steps

How to Build Your Strengths to Sophistication in 4 Easy Steps

The Tension Between Who You Are & Who You Dream To Be Yesterday evening the local radio station called me to ask me if I’d be on a panel in the morning to discuss the upcoming federal elections in Canada. The election campaign has just begun and Canada is scheduled to vote for its next Prime Minster in two and a half months. Now, as a disclaimer, they didn’t call me because I’m an expert in politics but because I’m on a list of young females from my neighbourhood who interview well based on past interviews. I mumbled an unsure response, wondering if I could muster up an informed opinion by the next morning, processing my thoughts out loud on the Calgary oil sands and our dipping dollar to the stranger on the line. In retrospect, my immediate answer should have been no. I always vote with an informed opinion but hadn’t yet informed myself to an interview-comfortable degree. I carried on the conversation for five too many minutes because…I just hate to say no!!! As I was driving along to my evening plans after hanging up the phone, I laughed to myself. “Rosanna, learn to just give a hard no and move on.” I asked myself, “What would it have looked like if you showed up like a real leader in that conversation?” I would have said no. I would have confidently acknowledged I didn’t feel informed enough to speak on the topic given the time constraints and offered to suggest someone else. I sighed. In that moment I experienced the tension between who I was and who I wanted...
How to Build Your Strengths to Sophistication in 4 Easy Steps

How to Build Your Strengths to Sophistication in 4 Easy Steps

The Tension Between Who You Are & Who You Dream To Be Yesterday evening the local radio station called me to ask me if I’d be on a panel in the morning to discuss the upcoming federal elections in Canada. The election campaign has just begun and Canada is scheduled to vote for its next Prime Minster in two and a half months. Now, as a disclaimer, they didn’t call me because I’m an expert in politics but because I’m on a list of young females from my neighbourhood who interview well based on past interviews. I mumbled an unsure response, wondering if I could muster up an informed opinion by the next morning, processing my thoughts out loud on the Calgary oil sands and our dipping dollar to the stranger on the line. In retrospect, my immediate answer should have been no. I always vote with an informed opinion but hadn’t yet informed myself to an interview-comfortable degree. I carried on the conversation for five too many minutes because…I just hate to say no!!! As I was driving along to my evening plans after hanging up the phone, I laughed to myself. “Rosanna, learn to just give a hard no and move on.” I asked myself, “What would it have looked like if you showed up like a real leader in that conversation?” I would have said no. I would have confidently acknowledged I didn’t feel informed enough to speak on the topic given the time constraints and offered to suggest someone else. I sighed. In that moment I experienced the tension between who I was and who...