Working hard does not guarantee success in life, and does not increase your impact as a leader.
Of course, it's easy to believe that it would because from the time you were young, you heard the messages from your parents and society about the importance of hard work. You were raised to believe that people who work hard are more valuable and you internalized this story, therefore solidifying your path of working hard (long hours, uninspired, mundane tasks, stressed out) and all of the suffering that can come along with this belief.
Twenty minutes after the migraine struck on a Friday night, I was safely at home and laying in my dark, quiet bedroom. I wondered, if gratitude is as powerful as the evidence suggests — flooding our bodies with dopamine and other feel good chemicals, decreasing pain and improving our sleep — could I use gratitude to override my migraine? Could I change the typical trajectory of this awful experience? It seemed like a worthwhile experiment.
Are you finding yourself frantically running from meeting to meeting, feeling as if you’re not accomplishing anything? Do you bemoan the organizational culture that promotes the work-til-you-drop attitude?
A day filled with tasks and activities that don’t fill you with joy and meaning isn’t something you should expect and accept from your job. As a strong leader, you can change the way you approach your workday with a few simple shifts.
So glad you're here - If you are a mission-driven leader who craves making a serious impact on the world, and you would like to do accomplish this while maintaining your sanity and some semblance of a personal life, then you’re in the right place.
I was interviewing the leader in a small non-profit earlier today. I’m currently working to construct a leadership development and coaching program for this organization, and as always, I start by talking to the stakeholders...the leaders who will eventually be coached....
"It's a job, not a hobby," and 4 other lies we tell ourselves about why we don't move on from dead-end careers
You know those mornings when you open your eyes and think to yourself, “Ugh. I can’t believe I have to do this again. How many fires will I have to put out when I open my email? Why am I so tired when I just woke up? I should workout, but that deadline is tomorrow. I’ll workout tomorrow. [insert any other version of a busy leader’s morning dread here]”?
Sure you do....
Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: Your spend all your working hours meeting with staff, board members, vendors, and more. You lead meetings and training sessions, give presentations, and speak publicly. You give, give, give your energy to projects and other people, but often feel drained by the end of the day.
A proven executive coach and consultant, Carrie has a doctorate in organizational development, and over 16 years in non-profits. She has consulted and coached leaders from more than 30 states, and has held various leadership positions in some of the largest nonprofits in the US.