In these final days of 2018, aside from looking forward to the Christmas holidays, my thoughts have also turned to what may lie ahead both in the New Year, and the months to come.I do have one wish for the coming year, I need it to have meaning, and in order for that to happen, I need to put it there!So on New Year’s Eve, I won’t be making any resolutions, instead, I’m going to focus on making changes – changes that will hopefully add more meaning to my life, both professionally and personally.Much is made of purpose in professional leadership, when we know why we do what we do, the impact we want to make and what truly motivates us, working life improves.But ask yourself, as I was challenged to do, should we be looking for meaning rather than purpose? Meaning adds the value, it gives context. And no one every debates the ‘purpose of life’ do they? Even Monty Python were on to it back in 1983 when they released their classic comedy!So with meaning, we find ourselves saying yes to opportunities that align to our goals, and no to those that don’t. Decision making becomes easier and natural and we act more consistently, so those we lead will be able to follow more readily.But meaning isn’t just for Christmas, and it shouldn’t be exclusive to the workplace – that’s why I’m making changes, not resolutions.And as a fan of list making I can’t pop meaning on my ‘to do’ plan, it’s never going to get a ✔️ and then get filed away – I need to define it, embrace it, live it, breathe it and make it part of me.I was talking to a former colleague very recently who said something that really made me think. This person has been going through a really tough time of late, battling some prettydeep-rooted demons, and this point made quite an impact.My colleague said that they wished the people in charge at work remembered that every person they were leading was the most important person in someone else’s life and their actions carried a greater impact than people often realised. Makes you think doesn’t it?Leadership behaviour doesn’t stop having a impact when the working day is done, it carries thorough to how people act with their families and loved ones when they go home.You can probably tell that my old workmate is suffering from a distinct lack of purpose and meaning, so home life is suffering…badly.Remember, bad leaders are unwanted guests in our home lives.Whilst good ones inspire us to do our best and go home happy.So for my year ahead, meaning needs to be a constant reference, not a one-stop tick box exercise. Did I say that I liked a list earlier? I certainly did, and here’s a brilliant six point plan that we should all try and follow:

  1. Become a better listener – now this is a good one as The Chrysalis Crew have some amazing ‘Listening Workshops’ coming up next year!
  2. Stop comparing yourself to others…
  3. Connect to your own inner wisdom…
  4. Do something that makes your soul sing…
  5. Let go of guilt…
  6. Be the weird one! Go on, admit it, we all secretlywant to be the weird one at times don’t we! 

Whether you plan to make resolutions, changes or simply take 2019 as it comes, I wish you a happy, healthy New Year…with 365 sprinkles of meaning!

Sue Alty – The Creative Coordinator

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We think Sue must be a ‘Master of the Dark Arts’, as she has hidden depths! Running our office with meticulous planning and capability, Sue is an avid list writer with a keen eye for detail. But don’t be fooled by that organised demeanour, for Sue is as creative as she is efficient! A skilled communicator with a humorous edge, Sue is as passionate about people and their learning and development as she is about becoming the future Mrs Tom Hardy or Mrs Benedict Cumberbatch (either will do!).  An interesting career path has taken her from the glamour of working in luxury London hotels to the chilled Distribution Centres of supermarket retail, and whether managing small groups or large teams, people are at the heart of everything Sue does.