Tai Chi philosophies can teach you how to unlock your inner potential

    submitted by Tony Jackson, Dao Concepts,

    It’s an eye-opening experience, when my clients finally understand the value of what I am teaching them.  

    Especially when I tell them how much more effective they will be when they learn to manage the stress in their professional lives.

    One example I have utilized in the past: Imagine your office building is on fire. There are several fires raging in all parts of the building. The question you need to ask yourself is, which fire is going to burn down the building and which fire is only going to do surface damage.  

    In our modern work environment because the C-Suite has not prioritized the organization’s goals and objectives, whenever we get a phone call or email, every new task has the same level of priority… “Get it done now!”

    Unfortunately, that means you as an individual must work longer and longer hours. It does not have to be this way.

    As an individual contributor to your organization, it is incumbent on you to hold your leaders accountable.

    Make them give you the top five priorities or even the top 10 priorities, in order of importance. Now when they add something new to your plate, this is where you hold them accountable by asking what comes off your list of priorities.

    Don’t give them an easy out, by just saying “Yes Sir” or “Yes Ma’am.”

    Make them do their jobs. It is a leader’s job to create a work environment that is both safe, but more importantly, one that allows their employees an opportunity to not only do their jobs efficiently and effectively, but to make it enjoyable to come to work.  

    How many times have you been excited to go into work in the past three years vs dreading going into work at all? How many times have you taken a sick day, just to get a break from the unrelenting pressure of having to do everything right now. 

    When a leader wants to get a project done faster, there are two things they can do to change the outcome of the project. Give it more resources or extend when the project deadline.

    Unfortunately most of the time, a leader just tells you, “This needs to get done too,” and you assume that means in the same time frame.  

    I will teach you how to say “No” in a constructive way that holds the organization accountable.

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