Are you Enjoying the Journey? By Susan Kaiser

12/19/2016 12:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

I had the opportunity this fall to attend the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) International Conference and Leadership Rally. I was so inspired by all the speakers during the conference. I came back refreshed, motivated and with nuggets of information and ideas that I wanted to share with others.

One speaker, in particular, was so passionate and motivational, and her topics made me think about Professional Women in Healthcare. Her name is Elise Mitchell, CEO of the Dentsu Global PR Network, and author of “Journey Mindset: The Quest for Passion and Purpose” and “Leading Through the Turn: Destination Leadership, Journey Mindset.”  If you’re looking for some new reading material during the holidays, maybe you will want to try one of these.

Some topics that several of our PWH members were interested in this year were time management, work/life balance and leadership development. Elise touched on all these things as she spoke of her journey from a one-person PR agency that she started from scratch, becoming successful and then selling her business to a global company where she resides as CEO.

Elise also spoke of leaders being very goal-oriented and driven, setting and achieving compelling goals, and she talked about striving for significance in her own leadership journey because she needed something more. She needed to find passion and purpose in her work, so she began to view the importance of the journey, not just the destination. She then transformed her approach to work and her personal life. Her latest book incorporates suggestions on “how to make time work for you instead of working all the time,” “how to become more nimble and adaptive to change,” “facing your fears and becoming an effective leader.” Can you relate?

Just some things to reflect upon (and to read about further if you choose). As we look ahead to 2017 and beyond, let’s think about our journey – in PWH, in our careers and in our lives. Where do we want to go? How do we plan to get there? And, are we enjoying the journey?