One of my favourite sayings is by Henry Ford – “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right either way”. I refer to this quote whenever asked for an inspiring thought. Why? Because it is so very true and I believe it encompasses one vital element in respect to how we… Read more
It’s an irony that the build up to Christmas can mean a build up of tension. Christmas is heralded as a time of goodwill and cheer, although it can be ‘anything but’, if we let it get the better of us.
Resilience can be defined as the bounce back factor and helps us navigate our way through the tensions. Derek Roger’s Challenge of Change programme on Resilience, works from the inside out, challenging our thinking about the pressures of everyday life.
Wake up, Controlled Attention, Detachment, Letting Go are the four simple steps to managing pressure from an individual perspective, as opposed to an organisational perspective.
With this broader appreciation for the origins of stress, and some rigour around how we can self-monitor our responses to events, we are able to approach Christmas with a perspective on what really matters: goodwill, peace of mind and gratitude towards what is happening around us, both good and not so good.
The role of a manager is a serious role, with a lot of responsibility. But does that mean the manager has to have a permanently serious demeanor? The managers of my youth seemed to be, and like many I grew up in management thinking that was how I had to be; serious of visage, demeanor and word. And with that comes a tendency to take ourselves seriously.
But does it have to be this way? In this blog we explore leadership persona with some insight from the worlds top airline.
A wise man once said to me ‘everything is just a dream until you commit to it out loud’. He was talking about all the thoughts and ideas we have going on inside our head. The results of thinking things through. All that time spent reflecting and analysing. The ‘I really should’ thoughts. The ‘that’s what I need to do’ thoughts. The ‘I wish I could’ thoughts. His view was that we put ourselves on the hook if we said them to someone else.
I think the saying is not everything though. The key word in that is ‘commit’ .
Being a leader takes a lot out of you. The minute you have responsibility for other people, their motivation, direction, performance etc, you have a lot demanding your attention compared to the days when you were an individual performer. Taking a senior role ramps that up even further when you have more stakeholders to pay attention to (the board, media commentators etc).
The one thing that is common is that both take significant time and energy. Many successful people begin to notice a lack of personal energy resulting in diminished performance or motivation at work. This blog explore that lack of energy and motivation