Who Can Resist
Texas Chewie Pralines from Lammes
Salted Brown Butter Texas Pecan Brittle Chocolate
from The Chocolate Makers Studio?
“Yum-O” as Rachel Ray would say.
On Day 2 of #100HappyDays
Sweets are on my happiness radar.
I’m the type who asks for the dessert menu before ordering the entree.
My favorite holidays are Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. (Chocolate, anyone?)
And My Advice to New Leaders:
“Lead through a Bowl of Candy”
My candy bowl was filled with Reeses®, Snickers®, 3 Musketeers®, Milky Ways® and more.
A bowl of candy can become one of your best and favorite leadership tools. Here’s why:
It’s Your Lifeline to What’s Really Happening!
Entice your team with a sweet candy energy boost (admittedly not the best nutritiously; substitute fruit if you like! — we used to have Wednesday fruit day and it was quite a hit) and that’s when you can corral them with a friendly chat about the real goings-on and take the pulse on whether your guidance is needed.
Bonus tip: Put your candy bowl strategically just outside your office for those who are too shy to actually come into your office. 🙂
It’s Your Permission Slip to Take A Break!
Are you and your team guilty of consistently working through lunch and breaks? Your candy bowl sends a subtle and continual message to your team that it’s okay to pause and get refreshed.
Bonus tip: It’s a reminder for you, too. When did you last get up from your desk and stretched?
It’s Your Excuse to Do a Walkabout!
Go ahead, grab your candy bowl and get to know your team on their turf. For us introverts, the candy bowl is our ice breaker and don’t forget to pass out those candies as a “thank you”.
Bonus tip: If you’re stuck about what to say, these “three words” would be welcome.
It’s a Reminder to be more Human!
Sweets bring out the smiles, the warmth and all manner of what’s good with being human. You can use the candy bowl as a trigger to check in periodically and ask yourself: “Am I leading with my values as a human being?”.
This tweetchat is one of my favorites and there’s good learnings for new and established leaders from the #PeopleSkills community. Join in on Sundays at 10:00 am ET and find out for yourself!
CAUTION: All good, only if you pass the intention test!
With all this talk about sweets, I hope you don’t think an intervention of sorts is needed for me.
Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, research professor at the University of Houston, reminds us that what can be a comfort can also be what numbs us to the world. There’s a difference between having 1 ounce of chocolate vs. a dozen Hershey’s kisses.
Know your intention when you indulge.
Today, my happiness isn’t from partaking from the Lammes Pralines and the Salted Brown Butter Texas Pecan Brittle Chocolate (I haven’t had even one bite!).
I’m happy because these delights represent:
What better way to welcome new neighbors returning to Austin than to share something one loves and in this case, something made right here in Austin?!! Hope they’ll enjoy!
➤ Pleasant Life Randomness:
Just noticed these candies look just like my granite counter!
Over to You.
Do you have a favorite sweet candy, leadership tip, or thought about the #100HappyDays in a Row Challenge you can share?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments and please…
Life can be sweet.
#TakeThisMoment to engage and be engaged.
It’s up to you! ~ Jackie Yun