So work has been insanely stressful lately. I won't go into detail, but I will say this: I feel more like a stepmother at work than I do when I'm with my actual stepkids. Which I find very entertaining, considering all of the women I work with are older than I am. As a result of their bickering, they're grounded (sort of) and I got to have a super-fun staff meeting where we had to review (again) policies, procedures, standards of conduct, dress code, and basically how to play nicely. Not sure where they went to kindergarten, but it sure wasn't the same place I went. The Golden Rule, remember? Treat others how you want to be treated? Ring any bells???? .....silence.....
Anyway, the meeting went pretty well (I think), and my boss was there to help me with it. She taught us two new acronyms to help us with communicating like the grown women we claim to be.
"Quit Taking It Personally"
"Thoughtful, Honest, Intelligent, Necessary, Kind"
I like the Q-tip one, but I especially liked the Think acronym. She explained it to them and ended with saying "And if what you're about to say isn't ALL FIVE of those things, don't say it."
She also had us do this fun activity and we got free hula hoops out of it. She had us stand up, holding our hoops over our bodies and then let them drop down so we were standing inside of the hula hoops. "Look at your hula hoop. Everything inside of your hula hoop is in your control. How you respond to other people, how you do your job... that's in your hula hoop. How other people respond to you is not in your hula hoop. Anything outside of your hula hoop... none of your business."
Sad that this is how we have to explain things, but it was fun. Had some laughs, and a hula hoop contest after the meeting ended. I lost the hula hoop contest, but may just have won my staff back. *hopeful*