In my mid-30s, I got sick. I spent 18 months in bed, in pain and exhausted. It took three years before I got an accurate diagnosis: I live with an obscure genetic liver condition. Once diagnosed, I’ve been able to make the right adaptations, take action, and resume my life.
If there’s one clear message about leadership in the late 2010s, it’s that the pace of change is accelerating. Complex challenges are becoming more relentless. Leaders are becoming far more frequently overwhelmed.
One of my favourite quotes seems all the more relevant today: “It’s not the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin
Working on this either individually or with the support of leadership coaching, then you’re missing an important trick.
If you are a leader who likes to hold regular check-ins with your team, or you feel that you ought to check-in but you’re not confident or motivated to do this, this post is for you.
If we’re honest, we all have a significant behaviour that we’ve struggled and failed to change. And the reason for our failure eludes us. Our desire to change is real, because our current behaviour is causing us some pain. We’ve put genuine effort into trying to change. We might even have succeeded for a while, before lapsing back. And yet, there our behaviour remains – a beacon of failure and shame.
President Brezhnev died, he went to Hell. In recognition of his status, the Devil himself gave the President a guided tour of Hell and offered him the chance to choose his own room. After a while, the Devil opened one door, and inside Brezhnev saw his predecessor, Nikita Khrushchev, locked in a passionate embrace with Marilyn Monroe.