Every person has Many people have a dream, a vision if your are in a team. Too often in an attempt to accomplish that dream/vision we set ourselves with little chunks of metrics we call “Goals” that we think if we do accomplish them then we will get closer to accomplishing our dreams.
Well goal as performance measures are quit good since they allows us to track our progress. But not always!!
“What gets measured, gets done”. In other words, measuring a desired behavior tends to promote the desired behavior. However, there’s a dark side to this. It’s possible that the measure actually becomes the target—and that’s all you get ending up forgetting the original dream/ big pictue. This is known as Goodhart’s Law:
When a measure becomes the target, it ceases to be a good measure”.
Here is an illustration of it.
Continue reading “Setting Goals Can be Bad!”
I am always impressed by a concert pianist, or a soccer midfielder, or a truly skillful visual artist. Their abilities seem other worldly. To mention a few, i think Picasso was a master, and Beethoven a genius, without forgetting about Thomas Edison the polymath.
The big question is, what makes these people so skillful? How did they start out like you and I and then become something so extraordinary?
The answer is what i try to discuss in this post.
Continue reading “Becoming an Expert: The Elements of Success, Part-1”
A very common wisdom many people hold is that for well-being and reducing conflict and stress, you’ve got to take it easy with work & professional life and to focus in so called “things that really matters” (happiness, family and the likes). Conversely, to have a significant impact on the world and be successful by prevailing societal standards, and achieve merits you’ve got to put work above pretty much everything else in your life.That’s conflicting and confusing, especially for people who want it all , as this reasoning is zero-sum thinking.
But Is it really true? that you can only get one at expense of other?
For the last three months i discovered that this “thinking” runs counter to what I have observed from over 30 biographies, talks and first hand interviews with people. There are many truly successful people in our midst who have achieved greatness not by forsaking their families, communities, and private selves, but, rather, by embracing these parts of their lives. They have found creative ways to reduce conflict and replace it with a sense of harmony between work and the rest of life. Not only does this reduce stress and its discontents, it is the very source of the strength that enables their admirable accomplishments.
Here is a truth on how to harness the passions and powers of the various parts of your life and bring them together to achieve what SD. Friedman call “four-way wins” — actions that result in life being better in all four domains, perhaps not all at once, but over the course of a lifetime.
Continue reading “How to succeed in every aspect of your life.”
According to Daniel Goleman there are six styles of leadership, extracted from a research done on 3,871 executives.
The research didn’t just try to define the styles, it also correlated each one of them with the effect they have on the company climate, which then has a direct correlation on results.
Continue reading “The Six Styles of Leadership”