The Real Me

Game face.
Professional boundaries.
Opening up.
My “A” game.
Giving of myself.
Blah, blah, blah.

Sharing is Caring
I’m not type of person who keeps too many things inside. When I’m passionate about something it just spills out. It may be my work, it may be my family, or it may be my hobbies. But sooner or later, if it gets me fired up, those around me are going to hear about it. Since we all spend so many hours at our jobs, the people around me in the workplace definitely hear about it all…and then some.

But should they?

Professional Is Best…Right?
I’ve long espoused that we must maintain a level of professionalism in the workplace, particularly for those of us fortunate enough to be in leadership roles. Here’s my dilemma: being professional all the time in no way comes close to the real me. Is that bad? I’m not sure. I do know it’s real, so maybe I’m on to something.

Too Much Personal Is Bad…Right?

I’ve also thought for a long time that being a bit more fun and personal with those around me is the best strategy in just about every situation. Showing some personality, kidding around to alleviate the stress of the moment, and generally being a more upbeat member of the team just feels more natural to me. 
But should I be this way at work?
Finding The Balance
Jason Seiden has written some great material on the concept of profersonal relationships. I encourage you to check out his perspective on this issue. Putting all of these issues into practice however, changes the nature of our relationships with those around us. One way of finding our way on this journey could be, as Charlie Judy recently suggested, to develop our own Personal Board of Directors. It’s an intriguing concept, and I’d love to hear if any of you have implemented this approach. I haven’t taken that plunge…yet.

How About You
Do you think it’s okay to share who you really are? Or, is it just simply safer to have a permanent game-face on that never comes off? I like to embrace my passions fully, which usually means my team at work hears a lot about social media, HR, and hockey. Can I go a bit farther and share my musical passions as well? Hmmm, maybe I should wait until I’m fully vested first?

I’d love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

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