#15 – Set Professional Ground Rules

{20 Ways to Love Your Professional Self}

Amy McGeachy, HR Consulting & Executive Coach, is blogging every work day during the month of February about 20 Ways to Love Your Professional Self. Take good care of your professional self and check back regularly to be inspired.

#15 – Set Professional Ground Rules

Have you ever considered making Ground Rules for your professional self? We set ground rules for teams, meetings, sports activities, etc. That said, I’ve noticed that sometimes professionals forget to set ground rules for themselves.

It might be easy to spot ground rules in others…a boss who always remembers their team members’ birthday…someone who is timely in writing handwritten thank you notes…a professional who consistently runs an effective meeting. Some might call these professionals principled. I’d like to think that they have consciously or subconsciously set ground rules for themselves.

Ground rules aren’t like goals; instead they are the basis of how you will function professionally. Some examples include;

Be 110% present in all that you do

Hand write “Thank You” notes

Network regularly

Start and end meetings on time

Maintain confidentiality

I can’t wait to hear what ground rules will you set! Inspired by my post I’ve set a new ground rule for myself. See below…

xoxo ~ Amy


Amy McGeachy is an HR Consultant & Executive Coach in Portland, Oregon. Amy is a certified HR Professional (PHR) through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). In February Amy is blogging about {20 Ways to Love Your Professional Self}. Check in daily to be inspired.

2 Responses to #15 – Set Professional Ground Rules

  1. Last week I went on vacation and forgot my iPhone at home. It was a blessing in disguise! I had the chance to have my neighbor overnight it to me though I figured I would be better off without it. While I was not completely disconnected (I still had my laptop) I did realize something. I don’t have to check my email every 15 minutes just because I can. Right? My new ground rule…Be 110% Present. Emails and text messages can wait until the appropriate break in the day.

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