The Easter and Passover season is a time of personal reflection for many, as well as a time for renewing one’s spirit and celebrating cherished ancient traditions with family and close friends. In this same vein, I’ve been reflecting on the question of “renewing one’s spirit” from a professional perspective.
Getting a “Fresh Breath”
On Sunday mornings, I enjoy listening to “Sunday With Sinatra” on the radio. Recently, they played a clip of “The Chairman of the Board” chatting with the audience in between songs. In the clip, Frank Sinatra was talking about how, after singing his huge hit “My Way” for many years, he got a bit burnt out on the song. But his audiences always asked for it, so he kept singing the song. Then one day, he got what he called “a fresh breath,” and it was as if he was singing the song for the first time again.
As an HR professional, you often have to do the same thing over and over again — such as training new supervisors on exempt/non-exempt and overtime pay issues, for example. You have to “keep singing the song,” even when it has gotten a bit old for you. What can you do to “get a fresh breath” and keep going? Continue reading