Seizing The Opportunity To Manage Your Work And Life

May 19, 2020 by

I abhor victimhood.  

Sadly, far too many people embrace it, both in their workplace and the way they live their lives.

Two Sundays ago, I saw Reese Witherspoon interviewed on CBS News Sunday Morning and was so impressed with her approach to work and life:

“I am my own lottery ticket.” 


Reese’s quote and choice really resonated with me and was/is especially impressive given the fact that Reese was sexually assaulted by a movie director when she was 16 years old.

Let’s look at how this relates to the two top statistical drivers of Employee Engagement:  Recognition and Career Development.

Let’s say your Manager rarely or never recognizes your good work.  Do you choose victimhood by saying “Woe is me, my boss never recognizes me,” or instead, go to your boss with a list of everything you accomplished each week and getting your recognition?

“My boss has never talked to me about my career path hear.”  Will you choose victimhood or instead, recognize that nearly every boss would not want to hear “I want to be the most engaged and loyal employee here, and as such, can we set up a meeting to discuss my performance and future career path here?”

Great employees and great Managers eschew victimhood and instead seize the opportunity to control their workplace and personal life.

Have you?

Here are two educational videos on Recognition and Building A Magnetic Culture:


Kevin Sheridan is an internationally-recognized Keynote Speaker, a New York Times Best Selling Author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of Employee Engagement. For five years running, he has been honored on Inc. Magazine’s top 100 Leadership Speakers in the world, as well as Inc.’s top 100 experts on Employee Engagement. He was also honored to be named to The Employee Engagement Award’s Top 101 Global Influencers on Employee Engagement of 2017.

Having spent thirty years as a high-level Human Capital Management consultant, Kevin has helped some of the world’s largest corporations rebuild a culture that fosters productive engagement, earning him several distinctive awards and honors. Kevin’s premier creation, PEER®, has been consistently recognized as a long-overdue, industry-changing innovation in the field of Employee Engagement. His first book, Building a Magnetic Culture, made six of the best seller lists including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is also the author of The Virtual Manager, which explores how to most effectively manage remote workers.

Kevin received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1988, concentrating his degree in Strategy, Human Resources Management, and Organizational Behavior. He is also a serial entrepreneur, having founded and sold three different companies.