Insights: Senior Executive, Global Broadcast Organisation
“It’s very easy at a conceptual level to accept that being happy in life and with oneself makes you better at work. It is however a different thing to truly understand how to make those two things have a consistent link of cause and effect; consciously and knowingly exploring what purpose work plays in your overall life, feeling open and positive about every day and having the tools to adapt your own behaviour and get the best out of other people is easier said than done, but genuinely reaps its own rewards for you, your team and the business.
How has knowing myself [better] contributed to my personal performance and / or the success of your business? Laurence shared the idea of positive intent with me early on in our conversations i.e. to always assume people’s intentions were positive even if their actions / attitudes / behaviour suggested otherwise. I loved this concept and it was tremendously helpful as a tool to approach situations and people, however what really helped me make the step change in terms of how I operated at work, was genuinely focusing on how I wanted to be and why. This changed my approach to many aspects of my work life generally. I found that growing self-awareness brings incremental reward and progress, but equally the more you practice the more productive it is. The most helpful insights actually came in situations where I wasn’t performing well. Difficult though it can be confronting the beliefs / attitudes / triggers in oneself that are less than positive, can make the biggest difference to high performance in oneself and others. When I am at my best I have learnt that I can get the best out if my team or an individual.
I’m there because I want to be and that increases my motivation and clarity of purpose. The biggest success conversely actually help me to deal with people and situations in the best way, and it felt like a meaningful next step was to really be more aware of my role in getting the best out of people and situations.
Working with Laurence Udell
Like many senior people in business I have reached the stage where further management training is not really going to change who I am or how I operate. However working with Laurence has helped both my personal growth and my individual performance. I have always been very results focused and motivated at work and home, but never directly connected that with my overall happiness or fulfilment.
The opportunity to genuinely explore what I truly want out of life has been very energising and I now feel as if I am on a constantly evolving journey where the more I think about this the more I get out of it. Digging deep re who I am, what I want out of life and confronting some of my beliefs and barriers to achieving this has been both energising and personally challenging at times. It has enabled me to be braver, clearer and more determined and I now recognise when I am at my best and with some discomfort when I am not and can visibly see the impact this has on what I do and on other people. Importantly from a work perspective I now have the tools and motivation to direct my own efforts far more effectively. Equally and maybe more important I am now in control of my own happiness.”