It’s fascinating how very small changes over time can make a huge difference. Here’s a post from my friend and colleague , Josh Linker, with what I think is a brilliant way of implementing this principle into our lives.
What do you think? Are you willing to, (as he suggests), “give this a whirl” for 30 days? If not, what works better for you? I’m interested in your ideas.
A ten year longitudinal study on executive transitions found that more than 50% of executives who inherit a mess fail within their first 18 months on the job. Also uncovered by the study were the numerous landmines for leaders in this situation. Based on this research and my experience, here are six things the most effective leaders do to avoid failing in a new role.
Mistakes enable growth. Setbacks are a given. How do you handle them?
Do you let the problem paralyze you, or do you use it as learning experience? Here are coping mechanisms and mental approaches that are scientifically proven to help you better handle missteps, bounce back from setbacks, and, even use them to your advantage.
I have long admired the work of Tony Schwartz. His New York Times bestseller, “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal” co-written with the also renowned expert, Jim Loehr, has been a regular recommendation of mine for more than ten years. It’s not unusual for me to begin to coach high-powered executive clients with huge jobs and lots of stress who are well on their way to burn-out. This book addresses those clients’ fundamental issues: the need to continue their extremely demanding work, while at the same time consistently generating high performance without losing their “edge”, or, burning out in the process.
Tony’s leadership over the years as President and Founder of The Energy Project continues this important work. Check out this very personal and very honest account from him about going off track and recovering. I think you will find it worth the read.
Long dreary corridors, impersonal waiting rooms, the smell of disinfectant — hospitals tend to be anonymous and depressing places. Even if you’re just there as a visitor, you’re bound to wonder, “How can my friend recover in such an awful place? Will I get out of here without catching an infection?”
The Rotterdam Eye Hospital, a leading eye hospital in The Netherlands, transformed its patients’ experiences by initiating creative interior designs and looking at their hospital through the patients eyes. By doing so, patient intake rose 47%.
There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.