- Your Partners in Effective Purchasing
- Process Emotions and Information with Clear Thinking
- Counter the Risk in Change with Resiliency Skills
- Lead with Respectful Behavior to Prevent Unnecessary Conflict
Jenna Lee McMillen: Develop a Self-Reflection & Self-Awareness Mind-Set, Self-Leadership Resources: Personal & Interpersonal Skills
Fast-paced purchasing environments produce breathless time pressures, compelling multiple-priorities, conflicting opinions and irritating competitive games. These “occupational hazards” — the relentless situations caused by the nature of the purchasing business — can be managed, frustration minimized, energy freed for necessary tasks and important relationships caringly maintained.
This requires choosing proactive responses to replace reactive impulses — which begins with greater self-awareness — observing the relationship between behaviors and resulting outcomes and selecting purposeful actions to produce the desired results.
Professionals report that the most strides in helpful, insightful self-awareness result from a self-commitment to devote at least five minutes at the end of each busy day to conduct a non-judgmental review of the day’s activities.
The purpose of this in depth review is to discover
1) which circumstances,
2) what behaviors of people and
3) what kind of self-talk contributes to mounting stress.
These three elements usually reveal a predictable, recurring habit pattern.
Then, proactively determine
1) how the circumstances can be modified or eliminated,
2) what response to another’s behavior will facilitate understanding, instead of aggravation, and
3) replace time-wasting, energy draining, critical self-talk with a constructive focus on what to do next to improve the situation.