I forgot again
mindlessly shifting many tasks
too busy to think
“The most important story you will ever tell is the story you tell yourself.”
~ Jim Loehr, The Power of Story
Past and Future? When you reflect upon the stories you tell yourself about your work do they take you to the past or to the future? I built a simple 2×2 matrix to help you see how this might look. Our relationship between time, story, and theme is more complex than this but it gives you a quick guide.
Time zone questions:
Story sampling. Many people believe that to meditate for 10 minutes is to simply bliss out. What most of us find if we try to meditate for 10 minutes is that we have a very busy mind creating story upon story. I encourage you to take 10 minutes to slow down, follow your breathing and simply watch where your mind goes. Do you tend to live in one time zone, such as reflecting upon the past in a negative light? Does your mind jump around with a victory story about a future action you might take and then sudden regret about something you didn’t do and then worry that you may forget to do something?
Story is the governor of the mind. Our stories govern our emotions so watch your stories. By the way, see if you can spend more time story free to fully connect with the facts of your experiences. In addition, you might find you reduce stress. Stephan Rechtschaffen stated in Time Shifting: “there is no stress in the present moment.”
Time, Story and Change. As we often say in Crucial Conversations, if you want to change your life change your story. Get into the positive zone about your past and future and work hard at staying in the present moment so that you can show up to the facts of your life and create compelling stories that enhance relationships and achieve results.
Point to Ponder: What time is it in your mind right now and what is the story that is residing there?
David Zinger is an employee engagement expert who resides in Winnipeg and works around the world. He is the founder and host of the 4000 member Employee Engagement Network. An earlier version of this post appeared on the Shared Visions site.
Fill Your Bench
While watching the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs I was reminded how important it is to have a strong deep bench as players get injured, experiencegame misconducts, or fail to play up to expectations. How far can your organization go into your own playoffs?
Who do you need to add to your team to increase your bench strength so that you can go deep?
Do you have a good backup for every player on your team?
Spots are open, what are you waiting for?
Are you making little bets to enhance employee engagement?
I encourage you to watch this raw 45 minute presentation by Peter Sims on Little Bets. This was one of his first presentations on the topic and models making a little bet in presenting ideas. After watching the video I encourage you to apply the concepts to employee engagement by making a little bet on your approach to engagement.
Here are some of the key points from Peter Sims on Little Bets:
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David Zinger is actively making little bets on employee engagement to improve employee engagement for all. He is thinking big about employee engagement (20% increase in engagement around the globe by 2020) while creating actions with small bets.