When we worked on our #FirstTimeManager series last year, there was something that we said we would come to as a series by itself. Over a year later and enriched with multiple conversations on challenges managers face, we look at performance anxiety and stress, which peak in managers, leaders and founders.
The more we talk about stress, the more stressful it gets!
For many of us on a typical morning, it is common to have mental chatter even before we’re fully awake. We think about our task list, plan for the entire day, and let the brain go on a trip even before the day has actually begun.
Let us start understanding the need for deep work with a mindfulness activity. Just for today, turn on the screen time tracker on your phone. Some smartphones allow you to also see how much time you have spend on each individual app.
If you have this feature, turn it on. The results will amaze you.
Like us, you’ve probably seen the Eisenhower matrix several times in your life and never used it. It is possible that you may have tried and given up after numerous failed attempts.
Managing time is the single most powerful source of stress in our life and yet, paradoxically, it is something that we seem to be rather miserable at as a species.
A few years ago, one of Facebook’s core employees put out a post that went viral- work, home, exercise, sleep, friends: if you could only have three of these things, which one would you choose?
Ask yourself now and see how easy or difficult it was to choose just three. And the temptation to ask, why can't I want all? Do you have the time? Maybe. Do you have the energy??
Whenever we need a mid-week pick-me-up, whenever we’re feeling drained, all we really need to do is look at people who were, and are, so relentlessly in pursuit of what they believe in. These are people who we read about with longing, and more often than not, these are also people heavily criticized by their contemporaries.
Today, several organizations, big and small, take about a shared vision and the need for a collective driving force. It is interesting to note, however, that the concept of shared vision as developed by Peter Senge was first studied, theorized, and implemented at schools.
It is quite paradoxical that schools, which are considered temples of learning, are also often plagued by the same organizational issues as their corporate counterparts. Senge came upon something universal.
We have a favorite saying - “Starting up is an inside job, but scaling up needs a village.” As simplistic as that sounds, there comes the point in every leader’s journey where they discover that they simply cannot go at it alone. How do they take the village along and show everyone the greatness that must emerge from the shadows?
When we hear the word ‘resilience,’ we often think of it as a response to something else. Resilience is a trait that is often characterized as ‘despite’ rather than as something that can be exhibited under all circumstances. Yes, elasticity only comes to the picture when one is stretched, but how do different people in similar situations exhibit different responses to the same level of stress?
As an executive and a leader, it is everyone’s dream to achieve the impossible. Let’s just think about the start of services like Airbnb and Uber. What’s more surprising than their meteoric growth is the fact that no one had managed to come up with these exquisitely simple ideas before. What about visions that just aren't seeing the light of day?
Before the summer of 2015, it was very rare for C-suite executives to openly talk about personal loss and tragedy and how they recovered from it. And yet, when Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband, she found support on the very platform she works to market- Facebook.
Have you ever been part of a meeting where everyone comes out feeling good about the way forward? If you haven’t, we don’t blame you. From pitch presentations to negotiations, boardrooms across the world are famous for the pace, or lack of it, within those spaces. But, if you pause to think about it, do people get into meetings with the specific intent of being unproductive? No! Yet...
While it is absolutely true that anyone might be in a position of having taken a career break, we do notice that it is most often the women who do so. Hence, this guide is oriented towards women getting back after a break, but also has useful tips for anyone looking to explain a change of pace, work or even being let go from an earlier organisation.
We’re lucky that we live in a connected world. Unlike the earlier workforce that needed to go through acquaintances and job portals, and then wait endlessly for a recommendation, we today have powerful social media tools that put us front and centre in a hirer’s mind, or put that dream job right in front of our eyes. Make the most of it!