7 Ways to Win Against Challenges at Work
Editor’s Note: This article is a sequel to Irene’s previous post, Winning the Race with Wolves published yesterday. Think of wolves as a metaphor for the challenges we face at work and in our personal lives.
Five Hungry Wolves (financial challenges, communication breakdowns, personal challenges, interpersonal conflicts, stress-related problems) are chasing even the best and brightest among us. The social and economic cost of losing the race with wolves is staggering; because the wolves you are about to meet are insidiously, quietly attacking someone you know, lead, work for or love. Every individual and organization is impacted by the race with wolves. Good news? Yes! Our ability to beat these wolves at their own game is REAL.
Beating the wolves at their own game means embracing a new perspective because winning the race demands a new playbook that grows and morphs to help you use strengths, changes, challenges, stressors, even failures to build: QI Enhanced focus, ideation, strategic thought, ability to learn-relearn faster (IQ) Q2 Enhanced self awareness, awareness of others, relationship skills, resiliency (EQ) Q3 Enhanced values, purpose, integrity of thought and action (SQ)
Here are 7 practical powerful ways to start winning the race with wolves:
- Build essential 3Q leadership, communication and life skills that will grow and expand at the speed of change, in the face challenges. Skills that will help you beat the wolves at their own game.
- Start your day the right way. Prime yourself to be happier. Science confirms we must prime our brains to be happy in order to optimize our brain power, health and longevity
- Develop fast daily rituals that take you forward faster, better and happier. Take blank time (even five minutes) every 90 minutes as well as daily time for reflection and fun. Yes, book blank time, reflection time and fun time in to your daily schedule. You can spend a few minutes on each but it will be time WELL spent that will help you recharge, refocus and repurpose.
- Hone your ability to fail forward. Embrace this critical skill and model it for others because our greatest solutions are often the result of our greatest challenges.
- Build a key 3Q competency, constructive discontent. Learn how to feel a difficult emotion, while not being held hostage by it. Constructive discontent may be one of the best skills you can develop!
- Build higher emotional intelligence, a critical leadership and life skill. Get in the know, because EQ/EI is built in the doing, and it is a skill most people and build throughout their lives.
- Develop a community of purpose because success is a me to we equation that starts with developing real, virtual or digital community of shared values and objectives. Celebrate YOUR ability to be the difference and make a difference. Nothing is more important! Building a better self, better team, better business unit, better organization and a better world starts with YOU.
We each have a critical role to play in our best life, best work environment and best world. A role that starts when we decide to win the race with the wolves that are chasing us, one positive, purposeful step at a time. Yes, we can!
Bonus: An Excerpt From Ted Coiné’s New Book Return On Morale - a great read including videos!
The age of top-down organizational spin control is over. The members of your community control your message now. What are they saying about working for you? Here’s a dose of apostasy that is likely to make me unpopular among some circles where I’m already counted a leader: Social media itself is no big deal. It’s our era’s email or telephone. Everyone’s already using it at some level of proficiency, and in just a few more years, the idea of a social media “expert” will be as silly as an email expert (can you imagine?) The medium isn’t the story. What people are able to do with that medium…! That is what remains newsworthy, and will for at least five more years, I’ll wager. Be good to your future alumni. Not just because it’s the right thing to do – it is, but so what? Be good to your people because they’re talking about you right now, and they’re going to keep talking about you for years to come. Morale pays. I can’t stress that passionately enough. Morale is the heart and soul of your company’s success, or failure. Learn this, and live it. Your brand depends on it.
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