When I started up my consulting business 23 years ago, the thought of running a business was, initially, intimidating. Traveling the entrepreneurial path is not for the faint of heart. Things like self-doubt, fear and poor leadership skills can sabotage any business plan in short order.
Recognize that you are not the star of other people's shows. Stand up for yourself when you need to, but do it with less anger and resentment.
There are many ways to begin this practice. I find a formal meditation process to be very important for my journey. Countless resources are available, but a few that I have used and recommend are as follows.
World War II veterans heard the warning "Loose lips sink ships." Today's corollary is that loose lips and lengthy clips may limit risks with the SEC regarding disclosures about finances. But wordy emails will drive your coworkers nuts.
The first step is to get more clarity about what is your vision for your work. Even if you aren't sure exactly what you want to do, you can focus on identifying what types of experiences put you in flow, what are you attracted to and what more of, what are you resistant to and want less of.
Innovation requires us to have deep and wide field of vision and an open mind to see the reality of the situation. The challenge is to overcome our own limited perspective.
With the attention Donald Trump has been attracting the last few weeks, many people fall into one of two camps: outrage and embarrassment or mocking and derision. I suggest there's a third, more productive, way to examine things.
It's no secret that the majority of employees are disengaged from their jobs, which presents a problem for managers and executives who want to effectively execute on their strategies. At the root of that disengagement is an absence of corporate culture.
Teams will be as versatile and adaptable as their leadership. In some cases, strong and specific direction is called for -- allowing each person to expertly play their part while following within narrow scope and under well-timed guidance might be the best course.
The front page of the New York Times recently blared: 60 Million People Fleeing Chaotic Lands. It went on to say that a rising number of armed conflicts has caused "an unprecedented global exodus that has . . . littered deserts and seas with the bodies of those who died trying to reach safety."
You're stressed. I'm stressed. We're all "crazy busy" and to deal with increasing demands we work longer hours; we multitask; we track, measure and optimize. All the while we sacrifice other values, such as sleep and exercise, healthy eating and family time.
Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist and writer with The New Yorker Magazine, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years.
We do not get to build many things in our lifetime, so what we do build should be great.
Overreliance on myopic analytic models that support wishful outcomes have brought a litany of historical failures, the emergence of ISIS in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere, and huge territorial gains for the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Business is not predictable; in fact, outside forces are always creating disruptions that require major shifts in how we work together. We join a company that is headed in one direction, and the next minute it's turning 180 degrees in another direction.
Leadership today, and in the future, will need to blend Trust and Wisdom to meet the developing challenges locally and around the world.