5 useful books for keeping your feet on the ground
Playing an endless game, embracing an “infinite mindset” so everybody can stay in the game, responding to the pressures, paradoxes and opportunities offered by the uncertainty of this 21st century — all this means you have to keep both feet firmly on the ground. It never hurts to remember how to save time and energy, for yourself and every member of your team.
1. Don’t let busy be your status
Just like a hamster on a wheel, you add more and more activities to your to-do list, at an increasingly frantic rate, with ever higher goals. But this endless race for greater efficiency is unnatural and counter-productive. Hit the pause button! Your efficiency is based on your ability to slow down, and sometimes to stop, so you can recharge your batteries, see the bigger picture or simply… avoid running headlong into a brick wall of stress!
2. Are you ready to question yourself ?
Are you as agile-minded as you think you are? Maybe not! And yet agility is a key quality to help limit the number of unsound decisions you make – and adjust in a complex, unstable, and chaotic environment! Sidestep the most common pitfalls that impede flexible thinking with a quickfire (and fun) test to identify your dominant thought pattern, as well as its strengths and limitations.
3. Can you get your ability to concentrate back ?
The endless sources of distraction at the office can make uninterrupted focus seem like a pipe dream. But, with a few proven strategies and discipline, you can develop your ability to concentrate – and watch your performance and sense of achievement soar: Understanding your natural rhythm and imposing real personal discipline are two fail-proof ways to start strengthening your ability to concentrate at work.
4. Collaboration overload, one of the hazards of hybrid management
All-out collaboration can have perverse effects: work overload, useless stress, and ultimately hampered innovation and impacted performance. How you can break this vicious circle? Help your employees detect (and say no to) excessive demands, optimize your team meetings (online or face-to-face) and take the time to reestablish calm, reasonable discussions to boost productivity.
5. No time to do everything ? Don’t beat yourself up !
Are you no longer able to keep up with the masses of activities in your overloaded schedule? Take a minute to ask yourself what drives you to always do more and find out how to push back against the unrealistic quest for performance 24/7: give yourself a framework, focus on the things that matter and leave room for improvisation but also, quite simply, say yes to releasing the pressure. And stop feeling guilty.
© Copyright Business Digest - All rights reserved