Have you ever bought a car, then seen that car everywhere? It’s as if everyone bought the same car as you that very same month.
Ideas are often like that for me. I learn about or notice something, then I see it everywhere I look.
“Awe” is showing up that way for me right now. Continue reading “Awe Full”
One of my favourite opening questions to build connections in meetings (other than, “Share the most boring thing about yourself,” which is actually hilarious), is “Put one adjective in the Chat that describes how you are really doing today.” Sometimes, I’ll ask it twice, with the second round adding the cloak of anonymity, which tends to increase candour. I use it several times per week. Continue reading “The Ability to be Hopeful”
Further to last week’s post, I’ve been thinking more about the motivating power of a compelling goal.
Energy is a very precious currency.
If you are running a race for which you have trained for a long time, and you find yourself exhausted near the finish line, you don’t want your coach offering you a seat, a hug and a glass of wine right then. You want them to remind you of your goal and your committed preparation, so you’ll keep running and finish strongly. Continue reading “The Gift of a Goal”
I’m no runner.
But I can imagine that the end of a long race, just before the finish line is in sight, is the most gruelling part.
Who do you need in that moment?
Do you need a cheerleader, who tells you you’re doing great no matter what?
Do you need a commiserator, who says, “You’re right, this is hard. Why don’t you sit and rest awhile?” Continue reading “Who You Need and Need to Be”
In a recent study of the professional upskilling deemed most necessary in 2021, LinkedIn reports that the top category of learning will be “resilience and adaptability.” No surprise, given the year we’ve had. What is perhaps more surprising, and for me more disheartening, is the category that was at the top of the list in 2019 and 2020 is now at the bottom. The bottom. Can you guess what it is? Creativity. Continue reading “Creativity has Left the Building”