I was finishing my early morning run in the woods of Snagov and disconnected the audiobook to enjoy the birds chirping and the landscape for the last few hundred meters. The sun was making its way through the bright green of May while three scared dears crossed my way.
I strongly believe prolonged fear and anxiety (caused nowadays by the COVID-19 virus) might be more damaging than the virus itself. No one says not to think about it, ignore it or not to stay vigilant, but over-stressing about it does not help anyone.
And fear triggers the fight – flight – freeze response that instantly shifts the brain and body priorities to survive immediate danger ( i.e. reduced peripheral vision, non-essential body functions diminished, blood directed to larger muscles to help us “flight/fight”, narrowing the mind’s focus to anticipate and escape danger to the detriment of other functions, etc. ).
Check out my interview with Mirel Bran on RFI. We talk about Asociatia pentru Valori in Educatie, introducing social emotional learning in schools, why values matter in business, neuroscience and much more.
Many of us feel we are at a point in our lives
when the presence of meaning at work has become essential. Or, maybe, its
absence has started to be incredibly annoying…?
Not that it didn’t matter earlier, but as we have
“grown up” a bit more, especially since many of us have achieved a decent level
of financial well-being, we’ve come to realize happiness and non-financial
well-being haven’t always come in the same “package”.
Of course, happiness is subjective, but that is
not the point of this article so let’s begin…
One of the topics introduced at our last leadership development program in June was self-awareness. Research shows that it is among the top 5 executive coaching topics (and often the first of interest).
Most of us know that self-awareness is one of the main components of emotional intelligence along with self-regulation, empathy, motivation* and social awareness. However very few of us are actually self-aware because it is a skill that could be developed with a pretty high amount of effort, discipline and patience.
Some of you might know about one of my major interests in contributing to a better education system in Romania and that together with some wonderful people, we are in the early stages of planning the introduction of compassion and kindness training in schools, as early as possible, via the efforts we do with AVE, its collaborators and many more.
As recruiters, both in K.M.Trust (our executive search & leadership consulting firm) and Key2Success (our mid-management recruitment firm), we receive almost daily requests from people considering a career move or in need of career advice.
Despite the fact that “one size does not fit all” there are some general steps I would recommend in such cases and thought of sharing them with you:
Talking recently to a friend of mine about the mental models of leadership, about adaptability, about navigating today’s “waters” and the mindset required for it, I realized the “work – life balance” concept is totally… stupid. Especially in times when most of us look more and more for meaningfulness in our lives (both at work and outside work).
As wines become excellent or stay mediocre depending significantly on the terroir and on the winemaker, the same way we humans develop successfully or stay mediocre depending significantly also on the ecosystem around and on how we contribute to it.