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Are you trying to be a better leader, change industries, reset after a layoff, or looking for ways to bring your whole self to work? Connect the Dots - Lead the Way  is focused on helping you through these situations and more by sharing real life stories and practical tips. Heather is here to support you through coaching and mentorship, along with some amazing guests along the way. thepolkadotdesk.substack.com

Connect the Dots - Lead the Way Heather Balcerek

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Are you trying to be a better leader, change industries, reset after a layoff, or looking for ways to bring your whole self to work? Connect the Dots - Lead the Way  is focused on helping you through these situations and more by sharing real life stories and practical tips. Heather is here to support you through coaching and mentorship, along with some amazing guests along the way. thepolkadotdesk.substack.com

    Goal Setting Reloaded: Working Smarter, Not Harder, with SMART Goals

    Goal Setting Reloaded: Working Smarter, Not Harder, with SMART Goals

    Are you ready to harness the power of SMART goals? Join me, Heather Balcerek, as I take you on a refreshing journey, dispelling the complexities of goal setting and transforming it into an exciting, rewarding endeavor. I guarantee that by the end of this episode, you'll master the art of setting SMART goals. Trust me, the rewards of such strategic planning are monumental. From adding value to your work, balancing your workload, defining your success, to providing clarity, SMART goals enable y...

    • 37 min
    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 5 - Gratitude

    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 5 - Gratitude

    Ever wondered how you can bring more gratitude into your workplace? As we wrap up our enlightening mini-series on words for the workplace, we shed light on the importance and methods of expressing appreciation to colleagues. From casual verbal acknowledgments to more formal accolades, we discuss how these actions can make people feel valued and included. This isn't simply about saying thank you - it's about fostering an environment of respect and understanding.Drawing upon insights from Brené...

    • 9 min
    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 4 - Connection

    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 4 - Connection

    Get ready to revolutionize the way you navigate the digital communication landscape in your workplace. We promise you an insightful conversation about the power of clear language, the underestimated value of punctuation, and yes, even the strategic use of emojis in our digital interactions. We also address the common pitfalls of relying solely on text-based communication, providing you with four actionable tips for fostering better digital connection.Ever wondered about the silent language of...

    • 12 min
    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 3 - Burnout

    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 3 - Burnout

    Ever felt that choking burnout at work? That desolate feeling of exhaustion that seems to suck away all your energy, making the simplest tasks feel like a mountain? This is the episode you need. We've taken a deep dive into understanding burnout, investigating the roots of these emotions and how they manifest in our workplaces. With insights from Brene' Brown's book, "Atlas of the Heart", we'll guide you to recognize the signs of burnout and the importance of naming our emotions to provide th...

    • 33 min
    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 2 - Creativity

    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 2 - Creativity

    Want to supercharge your creativity at work? This episode promises to take you on an enlightening journey packed with fresh insights. We delve into the world of emotions, exploring how they ignite and fuel creativity in our professional lives. Discover how emotions like curiosity, awe, wonder, and even confusion can be key drivers in the creative process. We believe each of us brings a unique flavor of creativity to our work, and being able to understand and express this is crucial for a vibr...

    • 8 min
    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 1- Happy

    Words for the Workplace: A Deep Dive into Emotional Communication at Work - Day 1- Happy

    What if there was a more profound way of expressing your emotions at work beyond just being "happy"? Let's get into a stimulating chat about harnessing and articulating emotions more accurately within the workplace. Drawing valuable insights from Mark Brackett's book, 'Permission to Feel,' we ponder upon the multi-layered emotions we experience in our professional lives, and how the term "happy," though commonly used, might not be doing full justice in describing those emotions. We explo...

    • 7 min

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Authenticity that Inspires

I love listening to Heather because she is so obviously authentic and shares her experiences in a relatable way. She inspires me to be authentic and not hold back in turn. She’s like listening to a friend and I’m always nodding along like, “yep” “Say WHAT” “oh I’ll need to google that later.”

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