How are you and your organization adapting to change? If you can't write it down, then you are not thinking about change and you are not adapting -- which means you are not leading. The result will become self evident.
The good news, leading, changing, and adapting are choices -- what is your choice?
The workplace is in transition, and so are many people with their careers. More than ever, people are feeling a sense of disengagement at work as they grow frustrated with the uncertainty and lack of long-term stability that surrounds them.
Don Cloud's insight:
Not only can people grow complacent ... entire organizations can grow complacent. And ironically, organizations that achieve great success are very likely to fall victim to complacency from "being on top of the heap" ... losing sight or their purpose and wandering almost aimlessly.
Complacency is the beginning of the end, for individuals and for organizations, and it's incumbent upon leaders to fight this gravitation towards mediocrity. As Benjamin Franklin said so succinctly, "when you're finished changing, you're finished."
So what are you doing to fight your own complacency, to combat the complacency of the people in your organization (in particular key leaders), and to fight the forces of complacency overall?
Thousands of books have been written about leadership and leaders, and many theories have been developed in the fields of management and psychology. To mention one, Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author Peter Drucker stated that “management does things right; leadership does the right things.”
Have the Courage to Stand Out “Anyone can achieve their full potential…but the path we follow is always of our own choosing.” Martin Heidegger One of my favorite stories as a child is the story of David and Goliath.
MindShift (blog) Debunking the Genius Myth MindShift (blog) Groundbreaking research conducted by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has shown that when students take on a growth mindset – one in which they believe that the brain is malleable, and...
It’s not easy to admit you’ve become complacent, but it gets the best of us, so you’re in good company -- the good news: there are steps you can take.
Don Cloud's insight:
Are you or your organization stuck in a rut? Well, you're not the only one. The good news is that leadership is the answer to get yourself and your organization out of the rut. Here are some helpful actions to take to knock things loose.
Ego is the "enemy" of leadership. And letting go of oneself frees a person to be able to serve and lead others ... to take risks ... to sacrifice ... and to guide many to pursue a vision that is greater than any individual.
The most successful people in business approach their work differently than most. See how they think--and why it works.
Don Cloud's insight:
Useful insights ... do you exhibit these 9 behaviors of success?
And if I might be so bold ... how about a #10 "On day one of a new job, the first thing I do is fire myself." Then from that point forward, every action every day is guided by what do I need to do to EARN my job back. Kind of like #3 and #9 combined.
My baby boy did not begin walking on his first try. He took a step and fell. He pulled himself up and tried again, and he fell. He repeated this over and over until he successfully navigated the family room.
Rescooping. Agree wholeheartedly with this concept of "flow"!
People do not achieve their greatest potential by living "balanced" lives ... "balance" is a boldface lie.
Olympic athletes don't live balanced lives ... neither do great generals ... nor world changing scientists and engineers ... nor world transforming leaders like Martin Luther King Junior or Abraham Lincoln or Mahatma Gandhi.
What's the conventional wisdom say ... that it takes over 10,000 hours of committment, blood, sweat, and tears to become a master at any given task (olympic athlete, chess grandmaster, artist, leader) -- "balance" will never get anyone to that "10,000 hours."
These exceptional people live their lives out-of-balance (on purpose) but their lives were also very clearly and purposefully aligned with their passions and their convictions and their individual purpose/calling. Whether it's Mark Phelps swimming hours every single day to Einstein pondering the fabric of the universe to MLK's dream -- they all clearly demonstrate this concept of flow.
So what is your purpose? What is your passions? What is your "why"? And how have you aligned the flow in your life in pursuit of this happiness?
Inspired Leadership -- an Honest WHY Huffington Post People love to send me the link to Simon Sinek's recent TED talk, discussing how great leaders inspire action. Simon says, "Start with WHY," so people do (I blame that on his first name).