I had so many conversations with leaders going through turmoil last week but two stick out.
They were with 2 leaders in reasonably similar situations. Yet one of them had gone into total doomsday mode and as a result ‘paralysis by analysis’. The other was experiencing some stress but was focused on getting to the reality of the situation and then adapting quickly to the new reality.
I had thought today’s post would be about Brexit – because after all of the delays, it finally happens this Friday 31st January. But news yesterday of the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant took my attention and enough has been written about Brexit. Even if you’re not into the sport, you have probably heard of Kobe – because he has been one of the main super-players of the last 20 years in the sport.
It’s typical at this time of the year to see my gym busy and with plenty of new faces. New Year resolutions have a lot to answer for! But will they be there in a month? One guy who probably will be is someone I saw today.
If you’re Irish, Darina needs no introduction. But if you’re not let’s just say she is Ireland’s original celebrity chef. And over the last few decades she has written 19 books, created one of the best cookery schools in the world, been a pioneer and ambassador for the slow food movement and a renowned TV chef.
Often we set standards that are too high for a situation and so we experience frustration and disappointment. Other times we set our standards too low and so don’t experience the success or enjoyment we should.
Everyone can be forgiven for falling victim to a ‘pity party’, particularly in challenging times. But if I’ve learned anything in my own life and working with leaders, it’s that the right mindset is key to creating miracles.
If you’re Irish and over 40, you’ll know that last week saw the passing of the legendary broadcaster Gay Byrne. If you’re not living in Ireland, think of the most famous person you know in your country, multiply it by 10 and make it personal.