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Are you too busy to think?

You are paid to think, not to be busy – So shorten your meetings to make sufficient space to think.

In this manic world in which we work, too many people approach it as if it is a dash to the line before they skid to a halt and finally die.

We know from the latest neuroscience studies that people do their finest thinking in an environment of calm, with appreciation from their boss and colleagues, plus space, time, sufficient stimulation and challenge – without it becoming unbearable pressure.

For far too many people their work environment is exactly the opposite.

As a consequence they become both stupid (their brain patterns are incoherent) and also get ill – through their body responding to intolerable an unrelenting pressure and generating far too much of the stress hormone cortisol.

I have first-hand experience of people who have developed cancer, have had heart attacks, brain tumours and debilitating illnesses which can be directly attributed to the unforgiving pressure of work. Two people that I knew recently died in such circumstances.

There are early warning signs.

You know there is an impending problem when people use language such as, “this work is killing me”, or “it’s toxic here”, “this work is unrelenting”, ” I can’t stomach it”, and “it is grinding me down!”

Consequently it is not surprising that if they don’t get the message to change their ways and the crazy pace that they are living their life than their bodies will stop them either temporarily, or permanently.

So please revisit your diary, question the purpose of meetings you go to, ask whether you need to attend at all and shorten the length of them. Generate the vitality hormone DHEA instead of the stress hormone cortisol.

Boldly grab back some time in your calendar, so you have time to think and make the 3 big decisions.

More of that in my next blog.

Good luck making more time to think.
I recommend you read Nancy Kline’s book “Time to think”

Warmest regards Jonathan

Are You a “Systemic Disturber”?

I have just spend a fascinating couple of hours with Dom Burch the Senior Director for Marketing and Innovation at Asda Walmart. Dom writes an excellent blog that I thoroughly recommend http://domburch.blogspot.co.uk

Dom is a very talented leader with the rare talent of being a “systemic disturber”.  He likes to challenge the way things are done around here and relook at marketing from a completely different perspective.  He inspires and makes you think. What about you? Take the survey on www.jonathanperks.com to see how inspiring a leader you are.

Both banking and supermarkets are undergoing a huge disruption to the way things have traditionally been done.  This is particularly fuelled by technology, regulation and customer demands.  Unless you and your business can be nimble, have a high tempo (being able to change direction quickly without losing momentum) and are prepared to change, then you will go out of business and be made redundant.

So are you up to the challenge?

best wishes Jonathan Bowman-Perks

 

Are You a Challenger or a Bystander?

We are still seeing some unhealthy and toxic behaviours in our most famous organisations.  I am concerned that this is particularly the case in are number of global financial organisations.

Why don’t people get it?

If you want a culture change programme, with healthy inspiring leadership behaviours, then it should not be left to HR alone to implement that programme.

You the leader have to be seen to be living the values your espouse.  Your followers are learning you.   You need to head up the programme, visit it frequently and have your fellow leadership team members take part in it.

Equally important is when unhealthy behaviours go on –  often connected to greed and bonuses – then you need to challenge such behaviours that fail to live up to your personal and organisational values.   Too often people act as bystanders and don’t challenge.  By being a bystander you are effectively condoning toxic behaviour.

So go out today and be a challenger –  not just another bystander!

Warm regards Jonathan