Talk | The Meaning of Work for Men
THIS IS a talk I gave at the Dimension Data women’s leadership program. I took the audience on a journey beyond the statistics to the meaning of work for men versus women. In short, I say that men’s sense of self-worth and the level of meaning they derive from their life – whether it’s all been worth it or not – is more strongly tied to their professional achievements than it is for women. Women have a more innate sense of self-worth. This has all kinds of implications, like higher suicide rates among men.
Short, pithy, poetic and powerful leadership insights for the modern world.
Written in a style drawn from the ancient wisdom tradition but with relevance to the modern leadership context.
None of the usual cliches here, these are original and hard-hitting and will expand your perspective.
You can read this book in one sitting. However, you would do better to read one maxim a week—there are 52 after all—and use it to support your self-development process. You can also dip into it when you are dealing with a conundrum and need guidance—either by focusing on the problem and opening to a page as you feel guided or by using the quick reference guide at the end to select a particular theme.
This is a book that you’ll want to keep near at hand, and refer to often.
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DEFINE FOR yourself what it means to be a man in the 21st Century. The old rules no longer apply. What are your values? What would meaningful success look like for you? Are you committed to achieve your potential?
AS YOU climb the ladder of success, the demands become less technical and more behavioural. Develop your leadership skills as you move from one level to the next. Identify and develop your behavioural strengths and deal with your blind spots and avoidances. Define your authentic leadership brand.
NO MAN is an island and no leader is without a team. Developing leader and/or team in isolation from each other does not produce sustainable results. Working together produces exponential benefits to move from being conflict-ridden to high-performing.
MINDFULNESS IS about so much more than paying attention while chewing your food, or chilling out to the sounds of nature. When applied properly, mindfulness is the salt in the mix that improves performance and changes your experience of life.