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Summer 2022

Kathy Seaton

5 Tips to Break Down Barriers and Not Accept Limits

CareerZOT Talk by Kathy Seaton

Breaking down barriers is a challenge that surrounds us, in all aspects of our lives. And that carries over into the workplace.

Barrier breaking should not be about staying in your lane or being something that the world expects you to be. The world puts differences in a box because the world wants us to fit in, but why are we forced to fit into it? Breaking barriers is an uphill battle, and it does not guarantee big wins or uber success. But this uphill battle is worth the effort because it will allow you to look for hope and optimism.

Here are 5 ways to break down barriers and not accept limitations.

  1. Unite People and Find Commonality
    There is a commonality that can be rebuilt and reestablished in the office—especially as we return to work. Commonality encourages people to bring their perspectives to the table, so that business growth and success is based on collaboration, innovation, and creativity.
  2. Learn to Win—And Accept a Loss
    Winning drives us to be strategic, competitive, and thought-provoking. But there is a flip side to be considered and accepted. We can’t always win, and we cannot be discouraged by the fear of loss. Loss brings knowledge, allows us to face obstacles, and to learn to get up, even when we do not want to.
  3. Empower Yourself and Those Around You
    Empowerment and engagement are crucial foundational elements that can lead staff to greatness. People do not want to be a number or be told what to do. They want to contribute, they want a say, and to understand how their destiny fits into the fabric of the organization.
  4. Focus on Listening
    We put up barriers when we feel like we don’t have a voice. As leaders and peers, we must listen to each other. The act of listening is where the magic comes from. Listening is our best chance at success, because all the talk in the world is not going to move the needle.
  5. Live in the Moment but Plan for What is Next
    Although we do need to be mindful and stay in the moment, we also need to base our inspiration on the promise of what is next. That determination should drive us – whether that is to become an entrepreneur or to support your organization.

“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.” Ronald Reagan

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