Last week a friend was venting some frustrations about an organizational culture change initiative at her company. She’d been working on it for 6 months and didn’t feel like she was getting much traction. When I asked her how much input she’d been getting from the executive team, she said very little. Then she started to defend them by saying they were too busy. . .
More than we’d like to admit, we all make things up as well go (often trying to give the impression that we’ve got it all together). It’s OK though – that’s life. And that’s not actually where our problems come from anyway. More often our problems come from that fact that we think other people actually know what they’re doing. It’s an illusion that’s wreaks havoc in our lives. . .
Excessive risk-taking has been the whipping boy for the financial meltdown over the last 3 years. On the surface I get it – executives at many financial institutions took on irresponsible amounts of leverage and got burned. However, something about this concept of these people being excessive risk-takers never made sense to me.
At the end of last week I was frustrated by my inability to make progress on a few key fronts in my business. On Saturday morning I sat down to reflect on my state of mind. On the top of a pad of paper I wrote a simple question – What am I forgetting? Looking through an old journal, a quote from the movie Any Given Sunday caught my eye. . .
Listening to your own being, getting clear on your passions and what truly inspires you, and expressing your own ideas are not merely “nice to have” – they’re actually responsibilities – not only to yourself, but also to the communities in which you live, and ultimately to the world. On one hand this can sound like a burden, but on the other it’s quite the opposite.
I spent a day last week discussing some difficult issues with a leadership team I’m a part of. As the day progressed it became clear that we had been avoiding quite a few crucial conversations over the last year – more than we had likely anticipated. As a professional in the organizational consulting field, it felt odd to me, like we should have known better.
From 2006-2008, after four years of design and development, Musk’s company SpaceX tried and failed 3 times to launch the Falcon-1 rocket into orbit. Then in Sept 2008 it finally succeeded on the 4th try. In July 2009, on its 5th try, it became the first privately financed launch vehicle to boost a commercial payload (a Malaysian satellite) into orbit.
We all have insecurities. Things that we believe make us look bad or weak. Convinced that they’ll hold us back if exposed, we often go to great lengths to try to hide them. Rarely do we consider the opportunity we miss as a result. With the right perspective, our shortcomings aren’t liabilities – they’re assets […]