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165: Curating Your Life in the Workplace with Gail Golden
8th June 2020 • Everyday Mindfulness Show • Holly Duckworth
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“One of the key aspects of leading a curated workplace, is knowing yourself well enough to seek out leadership roles hour abilities and passions, offering the best you have to your coworkers, and you won’t be getting in their way. as they try to offer their best back to you.” Holly interviews Gail Golden, Principal of Gail Golden Consulting, LLC. As a psychologist and consultant for over twenty-five years, she has developed deep expertise in helping businesses to build better leaders. Her experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, and consultant to senior leaders of both Fortune 1000 and non-profit organizations informs her approach to executive selection and development. As a therapist and coach for over twenty years she realized that the constant situations was people trying to do too much and feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. Nobody she knew had a balanced life. Out of this realization came the inspiration for her book Curating Your Life: Ending the Struggle for Work-Life Balance. In it she brings to life the idea of curating your life as you would an art exhibit. Decide what is the exhibit about – what belongs in the exhibit and what doesn’t. It means that you have to make decisions about the handful of items to highlight, while letting other things be in the background. Focus on the greatness and where talents lie. The culture of being “on” 24/7 isn’t healthy and it isn’t working. It isn’t helpful for family commitments. Business leaders have a responsibility to actively create a culture that supports and cultivates the curated life. Questions Holly and Gail explore include: ·     Does my exhibit need to include mindfulness? ·     How will I find the energy to include it – and make the space for it? ·     How do you help people trying to figure out how to curate their job around a job description and a boss’s expectations? ·     How do you educate someone on starting the conversation with a boss about curating? ·     How can we inspire ourselves to risk having these conversations? ·     What inspired you to move from a therapy role to an entrepreneurial role and working with business leaders? ·     How can we make virtual communications more effective? ·     How can leaders help people have more career balance as they build their families? Gail encourages listeners to embrace mediocrity. There are things we do that we’re just good enough, and Gail advises that “if you try to be great and perfect at everything, you’ll end up being great and perfect at NOTHING.” For a well curated life, focus on those choice talents in order for them to thrive. Your exhibit will change over the course of your life based on things that happen – or you happen to things. Find out more about Gail’s work at and buy the book her book Curating Your Life: Ending the Struggle for Work-Life Balance. Remember, Mindful Matters and So Do YOU! Find more mindful resources at