Posted by: Christine Donovan | September 11, 2009

Three Inhibitors of Corporate Success

I’m in the process of writing a book loosely entitled: “How to Survive and Thrive in Corporate Life.”  It’s a particularly apropos subject, especially during a time when many folks are holding onto their jobs by their fingernails.

Here is an excerpt from the book’s introduction; I’ll post additional excerpts in the following weeks:

During some 20 years of study and practice, I’ve noticed three strong themes that seem to inhibit peoples’ success in organizations:

1) WE GET IN OUR OWN WAY

Most of us are born with, and have exactly the natural talents and abilities we need to be whatever we want to be, but we continually manage to trip over our own feet.  The sooner we STOP doing the things that hold us back, and replace them with thinking and actions that pull us forward, the quicker we will be on our path toward achievement and a fulfilled life.

2) WE LACK SELF DISCIPLINE

Exceptional people are extraordinarily self disciplined — a trait that becomes very obvious to those around them.

If we over-eat and under-exercise, it shows up in our bodies.  If we make constant excuses for not putting in the work, being late or unprepared, it manifests in our lack of achievement.  If we make the wrong choices (TV over books; sleeping over work; procrastination over action), it shows in every aspect of our lives. 

We’re not fooling anybody but ourselves.  Eventually the disparity of our words and actions become obvious to everyone but us.

3) OUR CHOICES REVEAL OUR REAL PRIORITIES

Every day, the second we roll out of bed, we set, and live our priorities.

If we head toward the kitchen table to gorge on a big meal of steak and eggs (instead of exercise, meditation, reading), that is our priority.  If we spend the weekend in front of the TV watching the playoffs, drinking beer and eating nachos (instead of being active, touring a museum, taking our kids to a new experience, etc) then that is our priority.  If we spend hours whining and complaining to friends about the state of the economy, or our demanding boss, our annoying coworker and/or our neighbors, then we have chosen unproductive time over action.

Life is generally about our choices and our priorities, which tend to be the same thing.  So our level of success in life is directly related to the choices we make, and how we prioritize those choices.

More book excerpts will follow…

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