Personal Silos

dreamstime_xs_21201109In some companies, departments become silos. Departments do not want to work with other departments or share information with other departments. This hurts the company as a whole. Every department in a company needs to work together for the company to be successful. I think we can do something similar to ourselves, too, if we are not careful.

I don’t think we can separate our professional lives from our personal lives. It is one life after all, just different aspects. Even within our professional life or our personal life, we have different roles that we need to fulfill. We might be a supervisor, an employee, a supplier, and a customer in our professional life. We might be a spouse, parent, child, and friend in our personal life.

Although we might need to focus on one role at a time, all the other roles are still there in the background. We can’t silo them off. We can’t isolate aspects of our life from each other. We need to acknowledge them all and find a way to balance them all.

We can also take what we learn from one role and apply it to other roles. For example, what we learn about customer service when we are the customer can be applied to situations when we are the supplier to improve the customer service we provide. What we learn about people in either our professional or personal life can be used in the other. For example, the concept of “leading by example” is not that different for employees as it is for children. If you want either your employees or children to be honest, then you have to be honest.

What it really comes down to is that we need to find a way to accept and balance all aspects of our lives and not pretend that only one exists at a time.

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About Susan L. Farrell

Susan has always loved to learn. One BS in college was not enough; she obtained a double major with a minor. Years later, she returned to college for an MBA. Susan also believes deeply in learning everything possible from personal and professional experiences.Her first career out of college was with a national health care company. She quickly moved from the facility level to division, field, and corporate levels. When she left she had been an executive director with national responsibilities for several years.As owner of SLF Consulting & Training, LLC, Susan assisted clients with the challenges of combining customer satisfaction, cost control, and regulatory compliance. Her business acumen made her a sought-after speaker which led to a successful speaking career. This, in turn, led to her current writing career on self-empowerment for women.A normal extension of a love of learning is a love of teaching. Susan has accomplished this in various positions through teaching and training her employees, co-workers, associates, and customers. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at business colleges. She has informally coached employees, associates, and friends in advancing professionally and personally. She now assists others through her books, blogs, and newsletter.She is the author of "Don’t Act Like Prey! A Woman’s Guide to Self-Empowerment," a book on respectful assertiveness as an option to passive or aggressive behavior. "52 Weeks of Wisdom, A Woman’s Guide to Self-Empowerment," is designed to provide ideas to encourage women to think about what they do, why they do it, and do they want to change. "3 Good Choices: Change It, Accept It, or Leave It; A Woman’s Guide to Self-Empowerment" discusses how to make positive choices in all aspects of life.Susan lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband and three cats.

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