Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/04/17

I’ve coached senior executives for a large part of my career. (When you’re consulting, you’re also coaching, so you might as well get good at it. This idea of coaching as some special discipline requiring “certification” from some arbitrary entity—Who certifies the certifiers?—is absurd.) One of the first questions I always asked was, “Are you having fun?”

Usually, their reaction was to fire me until they realized that I had already been paid. They considered “fun” to be antithetical to “work.” Yet the happiest people I found in management tended to also be the most effective. Passion, enthusiasm, zeal—these traits create urgency, resilience, focus. They also tend to balance life. “Workaholics” are not passionate, they’re desperate. They think that constant hard work will create success. It doesn’t. Constant smart work creates success.

Don’t be afraid of “fun.” I find people without a sense of humor to lack perspective and, generally, to have a lower level of intellect. If you’re not having fun, you need to make some changes, especially as an entrepreneur. I love what I do. I laugh every day. How about you?

Some of you left the corporate world to go out on your own, and now work for a worse boss.

Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself. —George Bernard Shaw

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2 thoughts on “Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/04/17

  1. I’ve used this for decades…

    Fun creates enjoyment.
    Enjoyment invites participation.
    Participation focuses attention.
    Attention expands awareness.
    Awareness promotes insight.
    Insight generates knowledge.
    Knowledge facilitates action.
    Action builds results.

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