The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same.
"Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning."
Yesterday I finished a book! :) Some of you knew which one from previous posts. But for those of you who are new, here it is! I highly recommend it!
One of the brilliant perspectives on this book is how we can relate the word fear with anxiety or, even in a more positive tone, excitement. This little trick can change our perspective, our posture and the outcome in a very radical way. Check out Lewis Pugh's achievements if you need inspiration! This is one of the many examples analysed in Adam Grant's book.
So next time you have a good challenge ahead, try naming your emotions differently and reframing your mindset completely. Let me know about the outcome!
We have all been there... all the fanfare about innovation and then... nothing happens. Good speeches about making innovation a priority and then... we end up with more processes, more meetings, less productivity and not even a trace of real innovation.
So what do we need to actually innovate??
1. Hire only extremely competent people
2. Explore the uncertain
3. Tolerate failure
4. Celebrate learning
5. Communicate expectations clearly and regularly
6. Be highly disciplined
7. Create a psychologically safe environment - it must be safe for anyone to criticize and to be criticized. Remember >> a candid organization will outperform the nice one every time!
8. Collaborate, make decisions, and own the consequences
9. Strong and flexible leadership capable of striking the delicate balance of the required experiments.
And please avoid, at all costs
A. Sloppy thinking
B. Bad work habits
C. Poor management
D. Poor excuses
Finally... believe!! Your organization can create breakthrough products, systems and services!! Work on it! Try hard! Analyse results... and then work some more until you get it!
Your community matters, and it's bigger than you are!
I'm feeling blue... about election results in Portugal! Not only because of the result... but most of all, because of low turnout: 54.5% - the lowest in a general election since Portugal returned to democracy after a right wing dictatorship tumbled in 1974.
I can't help but wonder... don't Portuguese people realize that
- voting does matter!
- elections have consequences!
- voting is part of independence and thinking for yourself!
- when you vote you reach beyond your own selfish interests towards common principles!
I find it so bizarre that people are worried about doing something for the planet but not one small simple thing for their country... how inconsequential is that? Government affect every aspect of our lives. Voting gives us a chance to register our opinion on how the government should operate.
Voting is a very hard-earned right!...
And it's being thrown away in so many places... with the consequence being governments elected who do not represent the will of the people... or even voting becoming mandatory (fyi: more than 20 countries observe some form of compulsory voting in national elections, including Australia, Brazil, Luxembourg and Peru).
Strange world where we live in... fighting for the right to vote... and ending up not caring enough to vote and being forced to vote. The freedom conundrum.
My name is T. S. Coelho and I live in Lisbon, Portugal, with my husband and three kids. I work in the asset management industry, managing an equities fund.