Posts Tagged ‘adversity’

Worry can adversely impact people’s daily lives and the lives of those around them. In How Not to Worry, Paul McGee explores why worry is such a significant part of people’s lives. He exposes some of the behavioral traps people fall into when dealing with life’s challenges and seeks to explore the causes as well as the consequences of worry. After defining worry and discussing its causes, McGee offers practical tools and ideas to help people deal with worries and challenges (real or otherwise) in a more constructive way.

Despite the fact that people in the developed world live a long, healthier, and safer life than at any other time in human history, worry and stress are on the rise. But there are steps people can take to relieve this stress.

  • Manage mental diet. People should be mindful of watching too much “CNN” — constant negative news.
  • Escape “escalators.” People should avoid sharing worries with people who escalate them.
  • Cut the clutter. People should write things down to “declutter” the mind and also declutter their personal space. Clutter creates confusion and counteracts calm.
  • Find the funny. Laughter really is the best medicine.
  • Use music as a muse. Music affects people’s moods, so people should be careful what they listen to.
  • If something cannot be controlled or influenced, people must learn to accept it.
  • To re-tell is to re-live and this is not always helpful.
  • Move on. People cannot start the next chapter of their lives if they keep re-reading the last one.

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Perusing through the Huffington Post, I came across an article on Vulnerable Leadership that speaks to the fact that leaders must have the capacity to show weakness. Many leaders feel that showing any sign of weakness is a personal failure, but having the ability to admit one’s mistakes and ask for help when needed can have a lasting positive impact on employees.

It is important for employees to know that their boss is not impervious to challenges and obstacles in the workplace. Showing weakness can empower employees by showing them that successful people become successful by overcoming adversity. Asking team members for help during a project also makes them feel needed and respected.

It can be difficult for management to admit mistakes and show vulnerability, but leaders today must find a way to be a pillar of strength within their company while at the same time not being afraid to show their softer side.

Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Other Kind of Smart, The Inspiring LeaderThe Adversity Advantage

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Adversity can be a friend. Whether it is working to overcome humble beginnings, lack of knowledge, or unexpected setbacks, failure has a way of making people take stock of their careers and lives in a way that success does not. It is how people deal with setbacks, misfortunes, and obstacles that separates those who fail from those who thrive.

In The Adversity Paradox, authors J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings explain how professionals can take advantage of adversity and use it to improve themselves, enhance their skills, regain focus, and better their situations. All of these factors positively impact the development of business savvy—a core component of success. Business-savvy leaders take the knowledge gained from adversity and use it to develop their individual human capital, all the time enhancing it with the unequaled principles behind “and then some.”

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