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Resilient Leaders Forget Busy; Become Purposeful

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, May 06, 2019
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“Fully 90% of managers squander their time in ineffective activities.” That’s the result of a 10-year research project studying the behavior of busy manages in nearly a dozen companies including Sony and Lufthansa. The researchers, Dr. Heike Bruch and Dr. Sumantra Ghoshal, term this “active non-action”.

Focus and energy are dual drivers in overcoming such behavior. Focus is like laser light concentrated on seeing a goal through to completion.Today’s environment demands that effective managers move business forward in innovative ways, not merely push paper, memos and meetings to maintain the status quo. Energy results from a personal commitment to a goal that has meaning and passion. One must have both.

Here are some steps to increase focus and energy:

  • Take deliberate, thoughtful action toward a goal. Procrastination promotes paralysis.
  • Tell the truth. Don’t deny problems or let the pessimism of others to sabotage a project.
  • It’s not enough to be busy. What are you busy about? Beware of distractions and over-commitment.
  • Pick battles wisely. Fighting everything will drain energy.
  • Guard your time by erecting boundaries during certain parts of the day. Being available 24/7 does not create time to reflect and refocus.
  • Exercise, play golf, garden—whatever allows you to regroup, refuel, and reenergize.
  • Extend your influence, build networks, and manage whatever will promote LONG-term results.
  • Gain support by engaging people with the urgency and vision but allow them choices into how they will meet the challenges and derive personal meaning.


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Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

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