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Be Your Own Boss in 2024: Tips from Charlene Wheeless

Jessica Welch
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024
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2024 is the year of great change. This is the year Gen Z will account for more of the workforce than Baby Boomers, AI implementation will be widespread, and companies will shift out of a scarcity Covid mindset and into an era of innovation. Where does all this change leave you? 

Employees, executives, and business owners alike will benefit from shifting their views to keep up with the new world of work. Heading into the office and working hard from nine to five may soon be a notion of the past as we move into a more flexible and efficient way of working. While no one can say for certain what this will look like, Charlene Wheeless knows what a successful person in this world will look like. 

Wheeless believes this is a new era where, despite whatever the shifting landscape looks like, the power of self-agency will reign true. People in the workforce will fail or thrive based on this one important characteristic. So, how do you unleash your self-agency and move into your power?

Embrace New Views 

Moving into a new mental and physical world of work can be an adjustment. For those who have dedicated themselves to a classic work structure and culture for the majority of their lives, it will feel new (and maybe even scary) to learn a new way of doing things. But no one ever won people over by being close-minded. 

Take on an open-minded approach to all things new. Whether it's cultural changes or organizational changes, try to show up with a willingness to learn, adapt, and change if need be. It’s no secret Gen Z places a higher value on mental health and company culture, so we can expect to see greater changes in these areas. 

As a part of unleashing your self-agency, make it your mission to understand these new perspectives and stay up-to-date on the latest workplace trends. When you’re informed you’re in a better position to advocate for yourself and others and become a respected voice in your organization. In a world filled with options and opinions, the ability to make informed decisions is a skill that sets high-performing individuals apart. 

Advocate for Yourself

Self-agency stems from the choices we make and the profound realization that we indeed have this power of choice. The dichotomy of choosing to lead life or letting life lead you is at the heart of the transformative journey to becoming your own motivator and boss. Wheeless believes the spirit of self-agency lives inside all of us and it’s yours to unlock. Through finding your personal agency, choices become opportunities, authenticity becomes strength, and courage becomes the driving force behind your success. 

Advocating for yourself in the corporate landscape is not just about asserting your presence; it's about understanding that your voice, your choices, and your actions shape the narrative of your career. Unleashing self-agency involves confidently navigating the complexities of the modern workplace, making intentional decisions, and being a proactive participant in your professional journey. 

As Wheeless emphasizes, being a chooser means taking charge of your narrative, embracing the challenges, and turning them into stepping stones toward success. In a world where individuality is celebrated, advocating for yourself becomes a catalyst for personal and organizational growth, fostering an environment where every voice is heard and every choice is acknowledged.

In the new workforce, Wheeless believes the only constant you can control is the way you show up. To be a true leader in 2024, self-agency is your most important tool. Book Charlene Wheeless for your next event to harness the power of self-agency for you and your organization. 


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