FORWARD21 is a weekly newsletter with top hand-picked forward thinking human and workplace resources for 21st-century executives, leaders, and change agents curated by Bill Fox.
It’s Not About Working Harder, or Even Smarter
Is this even possible, and what does this also mean? Most of us have been told all our lives about the virtues of working harder. On top of that, we are presented with an endless array of technological tools today that are supposed to help us work smarter.
But do they really help, and are we making progress? At some point, many of us discover that working harder and smarter still aren’t enough.
As I engaged more deeply in the work that became Exploring Forward Thinking Workplaces, I kept discovering and learning something new and different. It was subtle at first, but I soon realized that I was learning things that helped me be a better listener, be less reactive, be more reflective, and have new conversations.
Everything was somehow different and changing — naturally. I was no longer pushing myself and focused on getting things done just for the sake of getting it done. More and more opportunities and people just seemed to show up at the right time.
Many people have influenced me in this direction, but there is one person in particular who has had a significant impact on me — Michael Neill. Michael is a prolific author and internationally renowned transformational leader.
Here are a few relevant insights from my interview with Michael:
The more we make space for things to unfold—as opposed to trying to make them fit the banks of the river of limited possibility we dug with our habitual thinking—the more they will.
When I say, “Do you know what you’re capable of?” I’m pointing to a deeper dimension of the mind—a deeper dimension of the human potential where creativity, resilience, and resolve come from.
If I could drill one thing into people’s heads, it’s that everything is hard until you’re all in.
We all walk around preoccupied most of the time. We don’t even notice that we’re tapping into such a limited part of our creative capacity.
There’s just this connection to an intuitive creative collective unconscious that begins to emerge. I can’t tell you exactly what that is, but it’s always available.
There’s a lot more in my interview with Michael in The Future of the Workplace book, which I highly recommend you read. I’ve also included references and highlights below from several of my favorite books by Michael.
Congratulations!! on a brilliant book that I know has come from real life experiences of experts in the workplace — enhanced by your unique ability to synthesize, distinguish and expand on as practical wisdom. What an important work this is — as the Future is literally here now.
Dianne CollinsAuthor, Do You Quantum Think?
FORWARD21: top articles that got my attention
10 emerging trends that will unbreak your workplace in 2020 ⎜Work Life by Atlassian
Conversation matters more than structure in organisations ⎜vogelwakefield
Two of my favorite books by Michael Neill. Email me at email@example.com if you’d like to get a PDF with my book highlights.
The Space Within ⎜Michael Neill (Hay House UK, 2016)
The Inside-Out Revolution ⎜Michael Neill (Hay House UK, 2013)
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