Whether you are thinking of Winston Churchill or Rahm Emanuel, they both advise that “you never let a serious crisis go to waste,” meaning that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. And, even in the face of adversity, life can be pretty good. The physical distancing caused by COVID-19 certainly provides us with challenges, but therein lies the opportunity.Continue Reading
Twenty twenty is going to be a big year. At least, you hope so. Whether it’s a promotion, new job, or other exciting opportunity, you want to be ready to successfully grab that brass ring — your brass ring — so that 2020 is, in fact, a great year for you. You don’t want to blow it, but are you ready to make the necessary impression, or will nerves derail your success?
Are you tired of struggling with how to be direct without being called a J-E-R-K? Or perhaps you don’t struggle, but you’ve been told you need to tone it down? Or—and this is quite possibly the worst for you—you don’t give feedback so that you can avoid the intense discomfort? Whichever applies to you, the bottom line is: all you want is to be able to communicate your message without drama, discord, or defensiveness.
Are you tired of work feeling like a four-letter word? Everybody says that you’ll enjoy your work and be more successful if you maximize your strengths, but how do you do that? You have a job that seems to offer no opportunity at best, and feels dead-end at worst.
Have you noticed how some people—some leaders—are uber confident? Nothing seems to faze them and they always seem calm. They handle stressful situations with equanimity and never seem out of control. The question is: how do you step up your confidence to be like them?
Have you noticed how some people—some leaders—are always high performers? They never break a sweat and nothing seems to faze them. They handle stressful situations with equanimity and never seem out-of-control. They are more resilient and less reactive. The question is: how do you amp up your performance?
Maybe you are fed up with your colleague—he’s so rude! Or maybe you’re tired of dealing with Mr. or Ms. Sensitive. Either way, my bet is that you’re frustrated and wondering not just what’s wrong with your colleague, but what to do about it.
You know what you need to do, but your boss or someone else up the chain of command won’t make a decision. Either he or she doesn’t have time, doesn’t understand, or doesn’t care. Whatever the reason is, this person is frustrating you and makes you think it’s time to polish your resume.
You lead a team… or do you? You have this unsettling feeling that you could be getting more out of your team, but you struggle with how. You tell them you want their input, but you lead staff meetings by doing most of the talking—or the talking is merely reporting out, not solving problems. That, and most of the good ideas are yours.
Have you noticed how some people—some leaders—always seem well-rested even though you know they work harder than most? They never break a sweat and nothing seems to faze them. They handle stressful situations with equanimity and never seem out of control. They are more resilient and less reactive. Since caffeine can’t solve all problems, the real question is: how can you improve your ability to renew?