Fear of failure can stop us from succeeding in life and at work. Learn how to overcome your fears so that you can keep moving towards your goals.
Vicky Ellam-Dyson's insight:
Fear of failure for those in leadership positions can affect ability to make decision, delegate, take necessary risks, be innovative, etc. thus putting the leader at risk of derailment - failure! Ironic...
Some people are more optimistic by nature, but optimism is not a fixed attribute. It’s a choice we have control over. Every morning, we either choose to wake up grumpy or wake up with a positive outlook. Research has shown that, in the long run, optimistic people handle stress better, get sick less often, live longer, and are happier and more successful than their pessimistic counterparts.
Recently we looked at 200 managers who were assessed on their level of optimism. What we found was an extremely strong correlation between a leader’s perceived optimism and their effectiveness as a leader. The most pessimistic leaders were rated at the 19thpercentile while the most optimistic leaders were rated at the 89th percentile. Are you a pessimist? There is hope!
12 tips to create a happier (and more productive) workplace. First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman Is based on a workplace study looking at characteristics of strong workplaces
Do you suffer from being micromanaged? Could you even be a micromanager yourself? Either way, micromanagement will limit your success. So learn to spot the symptoms and what you can do about it, whether you're the victim or the culprit.
Vicky Ellam-Dyson's insight:
Micromanagers stifle people and creativity. They take away fundamental aspects that lead to job satisfaction; autonomy and feeling competent
Research on anxiety and fear has viewed these phenomena, at best, as unpleasant emotions, and at worst, unhealthy psychological conditions. But fear can be a good thing. It grants us opportunities to grow, to challenge ourselves in unexpected ways and to develop the courage to endure uncomfortable situations. It helps us to become more flexible and more resilient. But to derive the benefits of fear, we need to cultivate courage.
The irrational, constant, overwhelming fear of failure is actually a phobia: atychiphobia. Chances are you don’t have this condition. But if you’re a member of Gen Y, you might experience a mild case of this from time to time.
Positivity starts with the leader. To increase positivity, and consequently productivity, leaders should: get social in their relationships, get strong at work, and get positive in their activities. This excerpt elaborates on two of the three.
Nowhere is optimism more important than in leading organizations. Highly effective leaders have a transforming effect on their constituents: they have the gift of being able to convince others that they have the ability to achieve levels of performance beyond those they thought possible. They are able to paint an optimistic and attainable view of the future for their followers: They move others from being stuck with "how things are done around here" and help them see "how things could be done better". - See more at: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_72.htm#sthash.rGvxLtaw.dpuf
Innovation is much more than just a random amalgamation of people, processes and measurement methodologies. Innovation is the embodiment of human creativity and discovery but it only flourishes in the right environment.
By Douglas Riddle "The coaches who expand my mind, emotions and performance come to the coaching relationship from a place of inner calm. They have quiet minds. They are not beguiled by fancy techniques or elegant coaching models".
You’ve just returned from an extended lunch when your co-workers stop by your desk to see what your plans are for the weekend. After talking to them for fifteen minutes, you decide to check some personal emails and head to the break room for coffee.
As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company.
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