A friendly reminder that applications for the Transportation Leadership Program's Cohort 9 are due by Thursday, June 1, 2023.
For the program application and overview, click here.
Don't hesitate to contact Donna Shea if you have any questions or would like to discuss potential candidates.
VIDEO OF THE MONTH: Your Beliefs Create Your World with Tony Robbins
Every decision in your life is controlled by your beliefs and values. You may not realize it, but you have the power to choose what you believe about your life, people, money and health. You can either choose beliefs that limit you, or beliefs that empower you to move toward success. Your beliefs energize you to create the world you want to live in right now. What you value determines what you focus on.
ARTICLE OF THE MONTH: 7 Lessons About Finding the Work You Were Meant To Doby Kate Torgovnick May
You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it — and other lessons from people who found their passion (sometimes late in life).
Whether it was during a career aptitude test or in a heart-to-heart chat after getting laid off, chances are someone has talked to you about how to “find your calling.” It’s one of those phrases people toss about. But StoryCorps founder Dave Isay takes issue with it … specifically, the verb.
“Finding your calling — it’s not passive,” he says. “When people have found their calling, they’ve made tough decisions and sacrifices in order to do the work they were meant to do.”
In other words, you don’t just “find” your calling — you have to fight for it. And it’s worth the fight. “People who’ve found their calling have a fire about them,” says Isay, the winner of the 2015 TED Prize. “They’re the people who are dying to get up in the morning and go do their work.”
Burnout - a term heard frequently over the past couple of years, and felt by an increasingly high - and alarming - number of employees throughout the U.S. and across all industries. Merriam-Webster describes burnout as a noun meaning "exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration." As a verb, it means "to cause to fail, wear out, or become exhausted especially from overwork or overuse." Whether you're on the receiving ("feeling") end of burnout, or on the verb end (causing burnout, even if inadvertently or without intent), neither is where high-functioning, effective teams can survive. But what is a leader to do? What are we as individual team members to do? We've talked at lengths over the past few years about the factors impacting our workforce and communities, and oftentimes beyond our control: a pandemic, workforce shortage, material shortages, and a flagging economy, to name just a few. if it feels like we're all being asked to do more and oftentimes with less, and for a prolonged period of time, well, that's because we are! We're asking it of each other, of ourselves, our families, and our teammates. If you're also ever felt "This isn't sustainable... this can't go on like this forever..." you're right. There comes a point where the act of burning out (the verb) becomes the thing itself - the noun - the burnout, as in past tense, reaching the state of being burned out. That's the point where we risk losing our best talent, our valued contributors, and our strongest team players. It's also an incredibly unhealthy place to live in - feelings of ineffectiveness, unproductiveness, hopelessness, and frustration can impact our mental health, family lives, and physical well-being.
“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.”
We will continue to update the schedule with dates and locations, so check in with us regularly.
Upcoming Transportation Leadership Program (TLP) Classes
Required (Cohort 7)
Module 5: Developing and Supporting a Resilient Team
Module 6: Succession Planning and Workforce Development