Harnessing Opportunity – Vol 4

20 August 2020

“Managing the Balancing Act”

We are living in increasingly complex times. As business leaders, we are being expected to balance financial insecurity, remote workplaces, rapidly changing health protocols, racial injustice, gender inequity, climate change, among a multitude of other things. As individuals, we are trying to find a new work-life balance while managing increased disruptions to our personal and social lives. It is an ever more difficult juggling act.

In such times, how do we be our best selves? How do we be the best leader? How do we manage the balancing act? This week I have pulled together a number of resources on mental strength and purpose that I hope will provide you with some tools and knowledge to face the world with an open mind and an optimistic drive.

All the best,

Doug


Mental Strength

We are living through difficult times that require strong leadership, but acting tough is not the same as possessing mental strength. Watch as author Amy Morin walks us through how to train your brain to build up your mental strength and become a more resilient leader.

Individual Purpose

It is easy for leaders to obsess about the most pressing corporate concerns; however, as McKinsey & Co. explores in a recent study, finding ways to ignite a sense of individual purpose in your employees is one of the most potent ways of building a resilient organization.

Corporate Purpose

One thing the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us is that some things outrank the importance of profit. Organizations worldwide are re-establishing their corporate purpose to better align with their values. Harvard Business Review has outlined three ways to implement your corporate purpose.

Collective Mindfulness

Managing stress and anxiety is key to increasing focus, flexibility, and resilience – and practicing mindfulness is proven to be one of the most effective strategies. However, in most cases, workplace culture overrides the individual practice – how can we implement collective mindfulness in the workplace to increase effectiveness?

The Loneliest Job

I love a good sports analogy and this video about goalkeeper Bob Wilson is a prime example. At face value it’s just about soccer, but at it’s core it’s an exploration of loneliness, perspective, perseverance, and trust – and provides some key lessons on understanding our role and valuing our self-worth, especially for those at the top of their organizations.


Your Moment of Levity

I am a believer in taking risks, in making bold decisions. As I ponder the proverbial balancing act covered in this week’s newsletter, I am reinforced in my thinking that complex problems require novel solutions. I hope you enjoy this video of Robert Frost reading his poem The Road Not Traveled, and hope it provides some inspiration to seek out the road “less traveled by.”

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