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Becoming a Whole-Hearted Bureaucrat: Tools for Work/Life Integration

Workshop as part of 2015 Career Boot Camp (Vancouver) for Federal Youth Network, the Canada School of Public Service and Shared Services Canada
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Ashleigh Weeden

on 11 February 2015

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Transcript of Becoming a Whole-Hearted Bureaucrat: Tools for Work/Life Integration

Seeking Alignment
Define Your Values
Values are "habits of the heart" - ask yourself:

What really matters to me when the chips are down?
What makes me feel most alive, in a state of flow?
Are the things I value in myself or my life different or the same as the things I value in a career or work place? Why or why not?
How can I bring these values closer together?

Play with the words and values you choose: find 5-8 that make you feel awesome and filled with integrity when you see them
No one is responsible for the quality of your life except you.
Do you the roles you inhabit support your values?
What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
Do your habits support your values and vision for your life?
What changes do you need to make
What can you celebrate?
Have the conversation that needs to happen.
Sharing your experience out loud is powerful. Who do you need to talk to? What do you need to say out loud?
What will you do when authenticity is hard?
(...because it will be hard)
Notice your stories:
do the hard work of gracefully letting go of stories that no longer serve you - and write news ones
How will you recognize and celebrate when things fall into place?
How will you know it when you see it?
What is one thing I can do tomorrow?
Create new habits.
Adding new habits that align with your values will help you feel awesome - and have the side-effect of crowding out less-than-supportive habits.

What is a small thing I can do at work tomorrow to show up more fully as myself? What will make me feel most comfortable in the centre of my Venn diagram?
How will I create an environment that will make it easier for me to be present and authentic at home, in relationships, at work?
Becoming a Whole-Hearted Public Servant
What are my big goals?
What do I want to accomplish today?
This week? This month? This year? This lifetime?
Find a calendar system that works for you - but use it for more than just noting appointments and deadlines.

Write down your big lifetime and annual goals - then break them into smaller increments.
Note what you can do each year, month, week, and day to move you closer to your goals
Notice where your personal goals interact with your professional goals - and notice whether and how your goals line up with your values
What's in your playbook?
Who wrote your rules? What guides your decisions?
We all live according to unwritten, somewhat imaginary rules, which shape our stories and influence our way of being in the world.

Ask yourself and notice:
What rules do I follow? Who wrote them?
Which rules help me? Which ones limit me?
What would it look like if I was at choice, instead?
How would I rewrite my rules? Can I make a playbook, instead - a pocket guide for responding to situations in a way that aligns with my values?
You can do hard things.
Dare greatly. Be gutsy. Give 'er a go.
"You can't be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute." - Tina Fey

Being whole-hearted means bringing the full force of your talents, vulnerabilities, experiences and interests to bear. Don't be afraid to connect the dots. That's what makes you amazing.
Being at choice means choosing what you amplify when - the journey to mastering being at choice can be messy.
You're going to make mistakes. It's going to be okay.
Commit. Choose your choices. Choose them again and again and again. (And remember you can change your mind. Just don't make the escape hatch your default choice.)
Vulnerability is courage.
Share your journey with the people who are walking the path with you.
"Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up." - Brene Brown

Vulnerability helps foster the kind of connection where we recognize we are not alone. Identify the key people in your life that you can and do really "show up" with - and celebrate those relationships. Use them as tools for learning and growth.

However, set healthy boundaries. Identify what feeling healthy, whole and authentic while being in relationship feels like.
Design Your Life
Start with: "
I am enough.
"
Define what success means for you
Get grand
and
granular: what do the tiny details look like? What do you want the grand arc of your life to feel like?
Include everything: lifestyle, relationships, work, impact, your way of being in the world
Define Your Roles
We all inhabit multiple roles - at the moment, I'm a daughter, friend, employee, team member, public servant, community member, Board member and most importantly,
myself
What does your Venn diagram look like?
How do your different roles interact? Is there tension - is it good or bad tension?
Do your roles conflict or support each other?
Ashleigh Weeden, MPA - @ashleighweeden - www.ashleighweeden.com
Favourite Resources
Stratejoy
(Molly Mahar): www.stratejoy.com

Essentialism
by Gregory McKeown

Brene Brown
(Especially
Daring Greatly
and
The Gifts of Imperfection
): www.brenebrown.com

The Desire Map
by Danielle Laporte: www.daniellelaporte.com


What Successful Work-Life Integration Looks like
” – Harvard Business Review, https://hbr.org/2014/10/what-successful-work-and-life-integration-looks-like
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