October 14, 2005

Excerpts: Resonant Leadership - Part IV

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 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)