Capitalist Note: I'm spending the first couple of days of this week at WorkHuman in Austin. Put on by Globoforce, WorkHuman is the most progressive HR Conference available, with past shows focused on emerging trends like mindfulness, meditation and more - the leading edge of people practices and how HR can build them. It's also hard to get a free Diet Coke at WorkHuman, because that stuff is bad for you - but healthy options are available and free. One of the best shows I attend, highly recommended.
I thought Cy Wakeman won WorkHuman. Crazy lineup of speakers, Cy didn't have the prime-time slot, but she won. Intersection of leadership and practical advice. Thanks Cy.
This post is inspired by Cy Wakeman.
Get out of your own f###ing head at work. You're making up agendas, politics and intent of the people around you. Some of it's true, most of it isn't. And you can't change any of it.
You're wasting time.
You can assume positive intent if that makes you feel better.
A better way to phrase that is that the world isn't out to get you. The world, even at your own company, barely knows who you are. You think it's about you. It's not. You think it's one way, it's actually the other way.
People are thinking about themselves, not plotting against you. And yes, a lot of them suck. But you can't change any of it.
The only thing you can control is you. So do you and stop wasting time.
It's probably time to stop analyzing the intent of others. Let's do great work.