One of the most powerful things I’ve discovered in a leadership context (be it business or life) is that we all have an inner narrator. When people or events don’t line up with the way we like them, you’ll find that voice is activated. Most will listen to that voice as if it’s the real them.
Many people say they’re fully committed when really they aren’t. They hold back out of perhaps fear or from being focused on too many things at the same time. What really matters most to you? Are you fully committed?
In today’s world, leaders need to be aware that mindset has to be pro-actively managed. Why? Because it affects everything that matters. And in particular, it affects your state of mind or mood.
I recall observing one of my clients (a smart, experienced successful leader) in a meeting with some of his team. He’d asked me to sit in on a meeting to observe the culture in action and afterwards give some feedback to himself and the team.
Time really isn’t the issue, it’s more about changing perspective – taking a different mindset. Which for most is hard unless it’s forced upon you. That’s where the power of an hour comes in.
Below is a recording of an interview I did in August 2019 with Siun Byrne and Michael Daly of the “D15 Today” show on Phoenix FM. I spoke about gender balance at board and CEO level.
I was working with a golfer a few years ago who had asked me to help him with a certain aspect of his game. He was known as someone who would play great when it didn’t really matter – but someone who would ‘choke’ in pressure situations.
If you’re a regular reader of my mails, you’ll know that I ruptured my Achilles tendon at the start of June, and required surgery. Last Friday was a milestone as my medical boot was removed and I’m into the next phase which is physio to build the muscle and tendon back up.
I don’t often repeat my weekly email about the same subject, but Shane Lowry warrants it. Understandably his recent victory in The Open has been the main focus of all sports and news media in Ireland over the past week and different stories have emerged.
An attitude like Shane Lowry’s can make any journey enjoyable. But only if that’s part of our approach.