March, 2017

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Generating and Managing Your Energy on a daily basis…

Realizing for the first time the importance of energy management was a breakthrough for me.

I still remember where I heard about it the first time.

Before that revelation, I had been trying my best to manage my time, which- as we all know, is limited.

We all have equal time regardless of who we are. Whether we are rich or poor, educated or unlearned, tall or short, popular or obscure, time treats all of us equally. We all have 24 hours per day. That is why C. S. Lewis noted, The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

On the other hand, I came to realize that, unlike time, our daily energy is not fixed. We can generate, and manage our daily energy ‘indefinitely’. Accordingly, I immediately identified key sources of energy, came up with a simple and straight forward plan to:

  • Balance and renew my energy,
  • Expand my energy capacity, and
  • Create energy management rituals on a daily basis.

The results? Extraordinary!!! Wondered so many times why I hadn’t known about this earlier 🙂

Once I got some results, I decided to incorporate energy management in our time management workshops.

Now- more than over, I strongly believe that, as Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz wrote, “Learning to manage energy more efficiently and intelligently has a unique transformative power, both individually and organizationally.”

Do you manage your energy on a daily basis? Have you got some successes? Are there challenges? How do you plan to overcome these challenges?

If you (your team) ever struggle to manage time and energy effectively, let me know…

 

Assegid (AZ) Habtewold is the owner and lead trainer and coach at Success Pathways, LLC. He facilitates Time Management workshops. Here is the link to learn the learning objectives of our Time Management workshop: http://successpws.com/?page_id=1569

AZ has been facilitating very interactive and dynamic soft skill and leadership workshops including Time Management for diverse clients using latest adult learning methods. In his upcoming book, which will be published soon, he provides insights, tools, and processes to empower readers develop effective time and energy management attitude, mindset, and skills.

Uncovering Your Blind Spots…

Stephen Covey talked about the four dimensions of self (Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit), and the needs of each dimension.

Among the four dimensions, awareness about our body dimension seems easy, isn’t it?

But it isn’t.

Let me give you a good example. I was reading the autobiography of Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of General Electric, “Straight from the Gut” in 2007 or 2008 and stunned when I read one of his blind spots. Jack wrote, “Decades later, when looking at early pictures of me on my sports teams, I was amazed to see that almost always I was the shortest and smallest kid in the picture.”

For decades, Jack was unaware of his physical appearance.

Jack revealed in the aforementioned book why he had a distorted awareness about his physical dimension. His mother pumped him with confidence as he grew up. As a result, he didn’t have any clue about his real physical height and size when he was a kid, during his teen-age years, and in the majority of his adult life. He confessed, “Yet, I never knew it or felt it. Today, I look at those pictures and laugh at what a little shrimp I was. It’s just ridiculous that I wasn’t more conscious of my size”.

I’ve to admit that reading this part of Jack’s autobiography caused a light bulb to go on in my head. I never had a clear sense of my real physical dimension prior to reading that story. In the past, whenever I looked at group pictures, my preoccupation was on how I looked, who was next to me, and so on. I never compared my height or size with my peers. I didn’t know that I was that ‘short’ 🙂

Reading Jack’s hilarious story led me to pay closer attention to my physical dimension. Since then, not only I found myself aware but also began making fun of my height. End of March 2016, for instance, I spoke at a conference about bridging the leadership gaps, and we had a group photo afterward with the rest of the panelists. Guess what?

I was the shortest! I posted the pic on my face-book timeline with this caption; I need this kinds of group pictures to remind me how short I really am.” Many of my face book friends loved the self-deprecating post. I even got so many encouraging words intended to lift my spirit.

  • What about you?
  • Have you had a blind spot concerning your physical dimension?
  • Have you figured it why?
  • If you don’t have one, think about others who have.
  • Why do you think people have these kinds of obvious blind spots?

If there are chances many of us might have been harboring blind spots concerning our physical dimension,

  1. What about those dimensions that may not be that obvious to easily figure out?
  2. What are the prices we’ve been paying for sheltering so many blind spots?
  3. What are your plans to uncover your blind spots?

 

Assegid (AZ) Habtewold is the owner and lead trainer at Success Pathways, LLC. He facilitates Increasing Self-awareness workshop. Here is the link to learn the learning objectives of our self-awareness workshop: http://successpws.com/?page_id=1496

AZ has been facilitating very interactive and dynamic soft skill and leadership workshops including self-awareness for diverse clients using latest adult learning methods. The above excerpt is taken from the first chapter of his upcoming book, which will be published soon. In this chapter, he provides insights, tools, and processes to increase self-awareness in order to attain self-mastery, and in turn work with others well, and lead others effectively.

Turning Problems into Opportunities

There was a time where I used to pray on a daily basis in order not to have any kind of problem any longer. I felt tired, stuck, and frustrated beyond measure because of the challenges I was facing. Back then, I had a big goal and desperate to make a major career shift. I didn’t know that it was normal to have such a resistance.

Well, finally I realized that, as the saying goes, for every action, there is an equal or even greater opposite force (problem). Not long after that, it occurred to me that in the absence of challenges and problems, my life is actually dull. Since then, I read a lot and finally learned that problems are indications of you’re being alive, and making progress.

At this stage of my life, when I find myself having a free ride without challenges and problems to solve a couple of weeks in a row, I immediately know that either I lowered my expectations (standards), and/or settled for my comfort zone without even knowing it. Nowadays, when I experience red carpet walk in life, it doesn’t take me long to figure out that I stopped growing and advancing.

What about you:

  • How do you (your team) view problems and challenges?
  • Do you hate, resent, and/or avoid challenges and problems at any cost?
  • Or do you embrace problems/challenges, and see them as opportunities than liabilities? Why?

However, having the right mindset and attitude toward challenges and problems is the beginning of a protracted journey. To continually progress and succeed individually and collectively, we need to master problem solving. The challenge is that mastering problem solving (turning problems into opportunities) is a skill that should be developed and refined continually.

In order to tap into our individual and collective potential, pursue our goals, and realize our dreams, we need this life skill. This skill is a competitive advantage wherever you go. People (employers, clients, voters, etc.) desperately look, all the time and everywhere, for people who swim with ‘sharks’ (tough problems) without being eaten alive by ‘the sharks’. They search for people who have the ability to resolve problems and overcome challenges with confidence, grace, and those who deliver results based on sound, wise, and farsighted decisions following the proper steps of problem solving, without violating laws, rules, and without compromising their core values.

From one to ten, one being very poor and ten extraordinary, how do you gauge your (your team’s) problem solving ability? If you scored below 8, you need to work on your mindset, attitude, and problem solving skill.

  • If you’re sick and tired of losing to problems easily;
  • If you’re burned out in cleaning the messes problems cause frequently;
  • If you are stranded more than you should because of unsolved (poorly solved) problems;
  • If your team gets stuck whenever, small or big, problems surface;
  • You need to empower yourself and your team, and I’m here to help.

Assegid (AZ) Habtewold is the owner and lead trainer and coach at Success Pathways, LLC. He facilitates Problem Solving and Decision Making workshops. Here is the link to learn the learning objectives of our Creative Problem Solving workshop: http://successpws.com/?page_id=1473

AZ has been facilitating very interactive and dynamic soft skill and leadership workshops including Problem Solving and Decision Making for diverse clients using latest adult learning methods. In his upcoming book, which will be published soon, he provides insights, tools, and processes to empower readers develop the right problem solving and decision making attitude, mindset, and skills.