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Spring 2017 Newsletter (Newsletter Archives)
Message From Eileen:
“Spring is spring. The sun is riz. I wonder where the birdies is?”
Somehow, that old piece of doggerel verse from childhood comes to mind every March—along with March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day AND the Ides of March. But this March, I find my brain going other places. Specifically, I see many of us scrambling in two directions. One direction has us trying to make gigantic strides in our work and becoming exhausted in the process. The second direction has us trying to understand the most divisive and confusing political scene in over a century and becoming worn out in that effort.
In this issue, I want to tackle both directions. I offer up articles to help you create a resilient life and a resilient organization. And there are articles to offer some reading about important issues of out time and also ways to laugh at the craziness. Humor is, after all, a HUGE resiliency skill. When we cannot laugh at ourselves, we skate on very thin emotional ice.
MANAGERS: Forget Busy. Become Purposeful.
“Fully 90% of managers squander their time in ineffective activities.” That’s the result of a 10-year research project studying the behavior of busy managers in nearly a dozen companies including Sony and Lufthansa. The researchers, Dr. Heike Bruch and Dr. Sumantra Ghoshal, term this “active nonaction”.
Focus and energy are dual drivers in overcoming such behavior. Focus is like laser lights concentrated on seeing a goal through to completion. Today’s environment demands that effective managers move business forward in innovative ways, not merely push paper, send out memos or attend meetings to maintain the status quo. Energy results from a personal commitment to a goal that has meaning and passion. One must have both.
Here are some steps to increase focus and energy:
- Take deliberate, thoughtful action toward a goal. Procrastination promotes paralysis.
- Tell the truth. Don’t deny problems or let the pessimism of others to sabotage a project.
- It’s not enough to be busy. What are you busy about? Beware of distractions and overcommitment.
- Pick battles wisely. Fighting everything will drain energy.
- Guard your time by erecting boundaries during certain parts of the day. Being available 24/7 does not create time to reflect and refocus.
- Exercise, play golf, garden—whatever allows you to regroup, refuel, and reenergize.
- Extend your influence, build networks, manage whatever will promote LONG-term results.
- Gain support by engaging people with the urgency and vision but allow them choices as to how they will meet the challenges and derive personal meaning.
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.”
– Lin Yutang
Crack The Leadership Code 2017
Once again my friend, Dr. Michelle Pizer, has asked me to speak at the virtual event Crack The Leadership Code. Season 4 of this yearly event offers free access to anyone. All you have to do is visit Crack The Leadership Code to register for your seat.
Management Quiz on a Balanced, Resilient Workplace
1. Has the phrase “not a team player” become a performance review standard to mean “this person fails to work 24/7″?
2. Are meetings empty collections of exhausted, inattentive people?
3. Is traveling on Sunday or staying over on a Saturday for a better price common practice?
4. Is working on weekends a standard and expected practice?
5. Is doing training on one’s own time a standard practice?
6. Are people on vacation expected to bring a laptop and/or check in daily with the office?
Something to think about.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu
“I’m not offended by all the dumb-blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb. I’m also not blonde.”
A Month of Books To Congress
As an author of seven books and a reader from age five, books have held a source of education, enlightenment, joy, and sheer delight. At a time when reading seems to be last on a list of activities, I was delighted to learn the following:
Publisher’s Weekly announced that “As part of the celebration marking its 100th anniversary, the Women’s National Book Association will send a book a day throughout March to President Trump that the organization believes sheds light on many of the critical issues faced by the country. The books have been taken from a list of the top 100 books in both fiction and nonfiction compiled by the WNBA to reflect, in its estimation, the most influential books written by women.”
PS: My colleague, Bill Treasurer sent his newest book “A Leadership Kick in the Ass: How to Learn from Rough Landings, Blunders and Missteps” to every member of Congress. Way to go Bill!
Must Read Books
MICRO-RESILIENCE: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy by Bonnie St. John and Allen P. Haines
The life of Bonnie St. John is one on-going saga of resiliency: paralympic skier, Oxford Rhodes scholar, White House-appointed economic consultant. And more. Yet for all her giant leaps, she and husband, Allen, have managed to break down resiliency into small, do-able steps that have application for everyone. Mark your calendar – The book comes out in February. It’s a perfect companion to my book, Your Resiliency GPS.
Collaboration Begins With You by Ken Blanchard, Jane Ripley, Eunice Parisi Carew
Using the format of a business parable; you’ll discover a simple, memorable and actionable model for breaking down barriers and getting things done. The book is so powerful, I’ve suggested to the authors that they send it to all the leaders in Congress!. But then again-why wait? We all need this advice.
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