“You cannot reason someone out of a position they have not been reasoned into.”
One of our clients recently said, “We have Ph.D.’s in making our simple ideas complex.”
Is that the case in your company – or with you? The truth is, simple sounds smarter and more strategic.
Executive Presence Tip – Carol Keers
I was struggling with all the things on my 2Do list. “There must be a better app for organizing than this one” was my thought. I looked at a few reviews of best 2Do apps. Most included the app I use and a couple apps I have and don’t use.
When smart phones exploded onto the market and changed our lives, there was a continual stream of “There’s an app for that” revelations. There really are amazing and helpful apps available today to do everything; including home security, making lunch reservations, video conferencing, starting our car, leveling a picture on the wall, taking/editing pictures, controlling the brakes on a trailer, getting a mortgage, sending messages, and … oh yeah … making a phone call.
No wonder it’s easy to think that a new/different app will help create time. If I was a little more organized or focused on the right things I could get more done. Yes…true. Alas, there is no app that creates time. We can make choices and use a tool to track the plan. Frankly, a piece of paper can do that. An app can add a little flexibility to the list and give reminders. Still, no time is added to my life.
As much as I hang on to the belief that a little more efficiency would solve my issue, it does not. I get my essential things done, but there are so many other things waiting in the wings that I want to do.
My Zen practicing brother would say, “It is your high expectations that are the issue and not your reality.” There is no app for that.
Peter Drucker said, “We never solve a problem. We just think differently.”
The drive home can be a good time to reflect on yourself as a leader. Think of the interaction with your followers and colleague interactions during the day. What did you look and sound like during your more challenging times of the day? How would others have seen you? How might you have not fully communicated your intent to them?
Time to reflect and adjust is very valuable. The drive home gives you that opportunity to consider the Other Person’s Point of View (OPPOV) and see if you have a learning opportunity for tomorrow.
Executive Presence Tip – Carol Keers.