October 14, 2005

Excerpts: Resonant Leadership - Part IV

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:59 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Resonant Leadership - Exercise: Is That a Wake-up Call?
Sometimes, wake-up calls come in the form of a dramatic life even such as the birth of a child, a death in the family, or an unexpected change in job. Other times, wake-up calls are more subtle and come as a result of gradual changes in life or work, or as a result of a combination of a few, seemingly minor, alterations to a familiar lifestyle. Monitoring the bigas well as the smallerchanges in work or personal life is a way to stay tuned in to our own wake-up calls, and to have more control over our present as well as our future. Consider the following examples of common wake-up calls. Have you experienced any of these in the recent past, or are you experiencing them now? Are there other, more subtle, life events not on the list that could be a wake up call for you?
Recently I have experienced:
  • Divorce or separation

  • Move to a new home

  • Death in the family or support network
  • Promotion
  • Significant medical diagnosis
  • Physical injury
  • Significant loss of physical capacity
  • Anniversary of a significant event
  • Car accident
  • Marriage
  • Significant job change
  • Job loss
  • Birth of a child
  • Significant financial loss or gain
  • Life cycle changes (children leaving home, etc.)
  • Significant success or failure in a project
  • Change in the amount/type of medication
  • Significantly more time away from home (e.g., travel for work)
  • Significantly less quality time with family or friends
  • Important new relationship (love, friendship, boss)
  • Noticeable gain or loss of weight
  • A sense of boredom or frustration with life or work
  • World events that have impacted me personally (psychologically or otherwise)
  • Disruption or dissatisfaction with an important relationship (spouse, child, friend boss)
  • Completion of a major project
  • Change in lifelong habits (e.g., exercise spiritual practice, hobbies)

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.