When was the last time you just sat and thought for a few minutes? How was that? If it's not something you've done in a while, I'd invite you to take 10 minutes to go and do that as soon as you're done reading this article.
Posts by Steve Longan
In my early days of studying organizations, I started compiling a list of pithy observations about leadership. I was in my early twenties, so (naturally) I was pretty impressed with my work. I titled the list “Longan’s Axioms of Organizations” and collected over 20 before I stopped intentionally updating the list.
Most of us will easily relate to the challenges associated with changing a habit. You try to drop the soda or give up the smokes and just the thought of it sends you into a full-on panic attack. That my friends; is a well-worn habit.
Do a quick Amazon search and it’s not hard to come to the realization that there is a vast amount of self-help material out there today that will aid you in determining who you are and what your purpose is here on this planet. And that's fine. In fact, I’m certain some of what I hold near and dear comes directly from some of the very material that I reference. That said, as I work with people one-on-one, I encounter a challenge that I find larger than understanding who we are – and that is facing and accepting it.
The year: 2012. The explorer: Jason Rodi. The place: Bouvet Island (pictured above). For those of you looking for your next vacation destination, here are a few details:
A few years back, I was walking through a store when this shirt called to me from the shelf “Buy me!” It was a Nike shirt and it read, “Just Do It And Then Do It Again.” I bought the shirt. It was my mantra after all. I had been reciting it for years. I’d learned that doing the same things, over and over again, even when I didn’t feel like doing them, would produce results. On days where I needed a little extra mojo to get through a project or face a particular challenge, I’d put on that shirt and my running shoes and my team knew. It was obviously more than a shirt, but the physical reminder meant something to me, and to my team.
I used to marvel at people who would boast that they could get by on 4-5 hours of sleep a night. I wanted to be them. Because I always felt like I needed more hours in my waking day to accomplish things. I can actually recall sitting in the audience of multiple different "rah-rah" events and hearing some form of: “Need more time? Sleep less.”
I want to go over a dynamite article I just read that has some great implications for how we work in teams and how we recognize the work of those around us.
Hi All! Steve Longan here. You might remember me from such blog posts as "The Thanksgiving Post" and ....well, actually, that's the only one. But I have something cool to share from this fantastic book I'm reading right now. It’s called “The Examined Life” by psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz (you can find it here) and it’s essentially just him weaving together personal stories of his own with those of his patients until they form observations of what is common to human experience (but rarely so clearly identified). In his opening chapter he details one of his first patients, whom he calls “Peter.” I don’t want to spoil to book for you all, so I’ll just say that Peter had engaged in fairly destructive behaviors that were counterproductive to his own stated interests and extremely damaging to his relationships. But Peter had sought Dr. Grosz's help as he had no idea why he was doing this.