One day I woke up and realized that there is nothing left in the organization that I wanted. I was a c-level executive in a $2+ billion business. There was no promotion. There was no title. There was no project. There was no purpose.I felt like work became a giant vacuum cleaner that kept sucking up my energy. My reward for doing good work was more work. Continue reading
If you see life as a journey, you won’t expect instant gratification. Like any journey, there are highs, lows and twists in the road.
I feel sad when people give up hope. My take is that when you run into roadblocks, you need to:
1. Stop and breathe. Always breathe.
2. Turn down the volume on the voice in your head. What’s in your control? What can you do right now?
3.Are you waiting to be picked for the next job, project or event? What can you do to pick yourself?
And lastly, be kind to yourself. Sometimes you start something and it’s not for you. That’s not failure. That’s wisdom. Know when to turn up the volume and when to simply walk away.
When was the last time you asked someone for help? Can you remember it and what you asked for? If you did ask for help (and you are probably in the minority), what did it feel like? What was the outcome?
Since I left my job at Cisco, I have been connecting with a lot of fantastic people. I have 3-4 new conversations a week either through Skype, Google Hangouts or meeting in person. (I want to include Zoom in that soon). When I ask for help, people are connecting me to both new ideas and other smart people. It’s exhilarating to have so many meaningful interactions and some turn into friendships and maybe even more.
Having designed and implemented billion dollar strategies for organizations, it is refreshing to not be following a PowerPoint plan but taking the first step of listening and learning. I have some really big, crazy ideas that I am working on but I am doing my research first and learning how to shift from having to be the “expert” to the “artist” and “creator.” Continue reading