Good News For Those Who Struggle with Having Diverse Interests

To all who struggle with having diverse and seemingly un-related interests, or who studied one thing but moved to ‘unrelated’ jobs and places, take note and take heart: 

Not being a singular-focused specialist does *not* have to be a handicap. In fact, having diverse interests — even being contrarian — fuels creativity, innovations and cutting-edge thinking.

For me, people often don’t see any connection between my Executive Coaching, focused on Power and Leadership (mainly with American and European executives) — and China, which I write and teach on.

It took a fantastic set of questions (mainly # 4 and # 5) from Kerry Parke at IE Business School to help me explain the link. 

Article Link HERE [5 min read]

As Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. … This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Now when people ask me about my diverse interests and “unconventional career”, I just send them her great article.

Thank you Kerry and IE Business School – great organisation that encourages diverse exploration and moving across silos.

Don’t Set A Goal This Year, Set This Instead

You probably set your 2020 Goals or Resolutions — and left out one important step:

If you are like most of the type A, hyper-driven Executives I coach, you probably are packing too much in to your Goals.  No problem being ambitious, but more often than not, you need to *stop* doing something in order to get more done.

Ask yourself: what is likely to de-rail me, and then how can I avoid it?

–> In other words: Set an ANTI-GOAL.

Type A people love Anti-Goals, because they can set a “goal”, and then cross it off… by not doing it.

So set up your top Anti-Goals. You’ll become more effective and efficient, and be a lot more focused.

Read a great summary on the “Power of Anti-Goals”: HERE