Archive | September, 2013

Why Wait? Procrastination

25 Sep


 

Research shows that people who procrastinate have higher levels of stress and lower well-being. Recent research shows that chronic delaying is a failure of self-control.  Here is a by Eric Jaffe quote for the APS Observer:

 

“There’s no single type of procrastinator, but several general impressions have emerged over years of research. Chronic procrastinators have perpetual problems finishing tasks, while situational ones delay based on the task itself. A perfect storm of procrastination occurs when an unpleasant task meets a person who’s high in impulsivity and low in self-discipline. (The behavior is strongly linked with the Big Five personality trait of conscientiousness.) Most delayers betray a tendency for self-defeat, but they can arrive at this point from either a negative state (fear of failure, for instance, or perfectionism) or a positive one (the joy of temptation). All told, these qualities have led researchers to call procrastination the “quintessential” breakdown of self-control.”

 

The article ends by suggesting some tactics to unlearn procrastination:

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2013/april-13/why-wait-the-science-behind-procrastination.html

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Who You Know Is Who You Are

18 Sep

 

Relationships: Who You Know Is Who You Are

 

Several weeks ago I provided a link to an article on attitudes as motivators.  In an iterative developmental process with a group of professionals, the top two motivators identified were attitudes and relationships.  In Who You Know Is What You Know the discussion turns to the significance of relationships.  I once heard a wise person say: “The quality of a person’s relationships is a measure of the quality of a person’s life.”

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Community Leadership

11 Sep

This week the Greater Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off its Community Leadership Program.  Beginning in September and continuing through June, the program is a process that invites 24 people to have an inside view of key facets of the communities and provides the time for reflection on leadership.

Leadership is easy to identify but difficult to define.  The most recent and compelling work on leadership suggests that leadership is not a “What” but rather a “How.”  Leadership is a lifelong process of self-development that is largely values driven.

Leaders are people who have a firm ethical base, a keen understanding of themselves and their world and deploy their talents to improve the quality of others’ lives.

To these ends the program is designed to give its participants access to a wide variety of community leaders, a deeper understanding of the key assets of the community, a network of trusted colleagues and a set of experiences that will guide their development as leaders.

For an introduction to Iowa go to:

http://www.corridorbusiness.com/consulting/celebrating-the-land-between-two-rivers/

And some considerations for leadership development:

http://www.corridorbusiness.com/consulting/maintaining-balance-in-your-life/

 

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Why It’s a Good Time to be an Introverted Leader

4 Sep

 

 

A plethora of information about the advantages of introverts has been coming out lately.  To review introversion, click the second introversion button to the right side of this blog.  A recent article in the Journal suggests that now may be a fine time to be a leader-introvert.  It’s a good read.

 

 

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