Inner Work to Bring Out Our Best Leadership

Dateline: December 1, 2017

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

Do you ever feel that the more you do the further behind you fall? Lately, work on my plate has piled up so fast that it feels almost impossible to successfully do all that needs to be done.  But a short article in Fast Company, that flashed across my email recently, reminded me how to actually work smarter, when working faster is just not the solution.  The article, This is the Overlooked Trait That We All Need To Cultivate At Work, written by BetterUp CEO Alexi Robichaux, suggests that a focus on how you work can get you much further than just focusing on getting more work done.

The reality is that when we’re buried deep under a pile of outer work, it’s difficult to get to that optimal place. That’s because good knowledge work is about how you think, not just what you do. And, how you think isn’t outer work. It’s inner work.

There are personal benefits to be had by focusing on inner work, too.

The biggest opportunity our world affords us is to reinvent the very concept of work: away from busyness of our to-dos, and inward toward developing ourselves so that we lead more fulfilling lives outside of work, too. As a culture, we’ve become obsessed with quantity and speed, but we spend less and less time doing the important inner work required to drive quality and well-being. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be hard (inner) work, but it will be well worth it.

What inner work can you do to increase your well-being?  How can your inner work strengthen your ability to lead?

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend!

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