… to Enhance Your Leadership
Brian McDonald is the author of today’s Tuesday Reading. He is the president of MOR Associates an organization he founded in 1983 based on the belief that many organizations do not maximize the contribution most people want to make at work. More recently, he has led the development of the MOR family of leadership programs.
Making and Keeping New Year’s Promises (a.k.a. Resolutions)
It’s nine days into 2018 and most of us who made New Year’s resolutions still remember them. New Year’s resolutions are neither new nor unique to modern humanity. Babylonians made New Year’s Resolutions some 4,000 years ago. In their celebrations, they made promises to their gods to pay debts and to return borrowed objects. These promises can be considered the forerunners of our New Year’s resolutions.
… you (we all) need one
Marty Jordan, human resources consultant at Linkage, Inc., tells us that “we are a society obsessed with activity and view inactivity as being lazy.” She goes on to note that “We’re conditioned to be overworked and to believe that if, at any point, we aren’t doing something that resembles ‘work,’ we’re not productive.”
… conjunction (joining two words, phrases, or clauses) as in “Rachel plays the piano and sings.” (macmillandictionary.com)
… You May Want To Give IT a Try
Kristin Wong, a Los Angeles journalist and writer, who contributes to the New York Times and other publications, found herself approached by a stranger at a grocery store asking if she needed help. He had heard her talking to herself out loud, in public. She had grown so comfortable with talking out loud to herself that she didn’t realize what she was doing.
Your Most Precious Resource
Each of us has 24 hours each day and 168 hours each week for work and everything else – commuting, eating lunch, taking breaks during our work, organized activities including time with family and friends, exercise, religious activities, team sports, play, rest, and sleep, etc. And, no matter how hard we try, there is no way to manufacture more hours.
Who me? Never!
Are you listening?
Hearing and listening. We hear when sound waves reach our ears and are converted into neural signals by the inner ear. We choose to listen when we intentionally let those neural signals impact us. This is why we can sit in a busy place totally immersed in our reading or in a conversation with another person and be completely oblivious of what is taking place immediately around us.
… Not you? Research says that 95% of us do procrastinate.
We all procrastinate! Research by Piers Steel found that about 95% of us do and several other researchers suspect that the remaining 5% of us are, shall we say, stretching the truth.
So, two questions: Why do we procrastinate? And, what can we do about it?
First, let’s define what we’re focusing on: