The #1 Secret to Sustained High Performance
It’s a Friday morning in the office. I’m walking from the kitchen with a fresh cup of coffee when, out of the corner of my eye, I see one of my team members hobbling on one leg; he’s practically stumbling down the corridor of offices. I imagine that the pain on his face looks worse than the pain he’s feeling in his leg. This is not the case.
He’s injured himself playing sports late the night before and when he woke up this morning the pain was even worse. Yet, here he stands (not very gracefully I’ll add) in the office at 7am. He hasn’t taken any steps to determine a diagnosis or treatment. When I ask why he’s at work, he says he feels obligated to be here. After several minutes of convincing, he finally leaves to take care of himself.
I can confidently assure you that his feelings of obligation did not have anything to do with me as his leader. This behavior was a dir ...
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Having it All without Losing it All
Can you have it all? Well, the answer to this question depends on the material you’re reading because ‘having it all’ is written as either the greatest achievement or the biggest myth.
But you’re asking the wrong question, and you’re asking the wrong person.
The question you should be asking and asking of yourself is, “What does ‘having it all’ mean to me?”
How are you currently defining ‘having it all’? Is it based upon the definition given by your community, your friends, your spouse, your coworkers, your parents or the media? If so, then the answer is ‘no’, you can’t have it all.
If I defined ‘having it all’ by someone else’s standards, then I would be an absolute failure.
I’m not shattering the glass ceiling, holding an office on my children’s school PTA board, cooking gourmet meals every night and attending community even ...
You’re Sabotaging Your Mental Energy
You may have noticed that your mental energy is at its peak in the morning. But then you wake up before sunrise, endure long commutes at the beginning and end of the day, encounter endless challenges at work and manage personal commitments and tasks in the evening. After all of this, you’re mentally exhausted! Yet you’re back on the laptop with a project that will now take two to three times longer to complete than could have earlier in the day.
This scenario doesn’t have as much to do with the depletion of physical energy. It really comes down to your mental energy and what’s known as decision fatigue. Because as the day progresses, you’re faced with decision after decision after decision.
In fact, the second you wake up, you’re faced with decisions. Should I hit the snooze button or get out of bed? What should I eat for breakfast? Should I pack my lunch or buy lunch today? Should I take the train or drive in? Should I we ...
How to Stop Being Delusional About Work-Life Balance
With over 34 Million Google entries and over 2,500 books on Amazon alone, work-life balance is one of the most popular topics during the recent 10+ years.
But don’t be deluded by work-life balance – it just isn’t true!
Allow me to clarify, it’s not the concept, rather the phrase, “work-life balance” I don’t believe to be true.
For some readers, balance is a meaningless concept – one you believe is only for those who aren’t fully dedicated to their career. For others, you believe the concept is a myth, a dream that can never be reached, and those who continue to search for it are fools. And then there are those, like me, who believe it’s a significant matter and can be achieved with direction and focus.
But in my opinion, the phrase work-life balance implies a 50/50 split. It suggests that work represents 50% of who I am and then all else that defines me as ...