Are you an asset or liability at work? No matter who you are or what your job description is, you’ve probably thought “Am I the next to go?” You don’t have to be so worried about losing your job, if you flip your thinking.
Holding on to your power is like holding a TV remote control. When people push your buttons, you might be giving them power over you, over your “programming.” You won’t realize how often you do this, and when it happens you may get mad about it, or feel frustrated, discouraged, and disempowered.
Engineers will tell you that there is no possible way the bumblebee can fly. His wingspan isn’t broad enough, he is too heavy, and his body build makes flight impossible. Fortunately, the bee doesn’t understand aeronautics, and so he just goes along and flies anyway!
You’ve likely awakened in the morning and scrambled to put on a special song, one that vaults you into the right mood. You know what you want to hear when you are mellow, elated, sad, happy, or stressed. When people come together—for weddings, funerals, graduations, war, sport, worship, romance, recreation, entertainment—music is there.
You may wonder why your life doesn’t get better. You go along, day in and day out, just hoping to become happier, more successful, and more satisfied. The answer is simple: Your life doesn’t get better because you don’t get better.
Today's competitive landscape is more intense than it has ever been. While leaders have long been faced with competitive pressures, the current volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment means organizations must seriously re-evaluate their strategies and strengths relative to the competition, lest they become one of the many casualties of industry disruption. Consider the cases of Kodak, Blackberry (RIM) and Blockbuster. Not long ago, these businesses were market leaders in innovation.
How has your week been? Many of the leaders we ask say they have had a week where they are tired, forgetful, usually caused by the stress of having too many things on their mind, short tempered and not really enjoying what they are doing. Sound like you? You are not along. We call this being brain-fried. It kind of describes how your brain feels most of the time.
For many higher level executives there is truth to the idiom “It’s lonely at the top.” We’ve heard it for years and many leaders have smiled knowingly at the phrase. But what if loneliness affects everyone in a leadership position? And what if the impact of loneliness is poor relationships, poor decisions and poor business results?
One of my most popular speaking topics is “The Power of Collaborative Leadership.” (In fact, this year I’m presenting seminars on this in five countries.) The topic’s popularity stems from corporate clients around the world realizing that “silo mentality” and knowledge hoarding behaviors are wasting the kind of collective brainpower that could save their organization billions. Or, lead to the discovery of a revolutionary new process or product. Or, in the current economic climate, help keep their company afloat when others are sinking!