Gallup’s data in 20201 depicted a troubling reality of employees’ dissatisfaction. Approximately 85% of employees worldwide are still not engaged or are actively disengaged at work despite more effort from companies. Sadly, not many leaders attentively concern about this subject.
It is no longer sufficient for leaders to just lead people by paying them well and expect consistent peak performances.
Disengaged employees aren't just unhappy with their work. As their needs are not being met, they can display negative behaviours like lower productivity and resentment. These employees in turn can potentially undermine what their engaged counterparts accomplish.
Many leaders report that their works turn them upside down, make them feel overloaded, overworked, and literally leave them insomnia at night. As a result, they are unable to manage their emotions and control what they are going to say.
Some employees are highly susceptible to such stressful situations, and let them take control and negatively impact their performance and motivation.
Search inside yourself
In a Talks at Google workshop back in 20122, Chade-Meng Tan, Google engineer and personal growth pioneer, introduced the concept Search Inside Yourself, which happens to be a popular course at Google.
Search Inside Yourself is a collaborative idea brought to life by Meng and a Zen master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and Daniel Goleman. The program is grounded in science, aiming at:
- Increasing emotional intelligence
- Calming the mind on demand
- Deepening our self-awareness to foster self-confidence
- Harnessing empathy and compassion
- Building highly productive collaborations based on trust and transparent communications
In other words, Search Inside Yourself shows you to find your "inner peace" while succeeding at your work.
“If we can control our emotions, we will be successful... There is good news that emotional intelligence is trainable,” stated Meng.
Read more: Emotional Intelligence for Leaders
Developed based on the latest neuroscience studies and with easy to follow principles revolving around three core factors, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and neuroscience, the program has recorded significant results. 91% of participants find a positive change in themselves after studying.
Search Inside Yourself is also taught at the world’s leading organisations, such as Google, Samsung, Apple, P&G, McKinsey, LG, and eBay. They all came to the same conclusion that mindful leadership programs helped their leaders excel and their team thrives.
Daily habits can make or break your leadership
Have you ever tried to google 'what habits lead to success?' or enthusiastic read articles titled 'X secrets of successful people'? Don’t we all want to know what makes great leaders outstanding, entrepreneurs confident, or executive coaches inspiring?
Smoking, hitting the snooze buttons, slouching, not exercising are also habits, but they are on the other end of the spectrum. What makes them a habit is that they are a part of who we are and how we behave.
Whether to make a daily habit a good one or not, it is your choice.
Our Founder and CEO, Rick Yvanovich, admitted in his latest book 'Habits of Success: What top entrepreneurs routinely do in business and in life': "You can't stop a harmful habit. It's nearly impossible". Indeed, he must have tried 1,000 times before he succeeded on quitting smoking cold turkey.
But Rick did succeed. Rick's journey begins with a spark and a catalyst, which then turns into changes in habits and an endless number of lessons.
Upgrading your leadership skills starts with changing your habits, which is a huge commitment and a long winding road.
If you are looking for inspirations to develop a new routine to get through the current ongoing pandemic, start with this book - 'Habits of Success: What top entrepreneurs routinely do in business and in life', a collection of impactful yet short, and easy to digest stories that let us explore a snippet of the daily lives of leading CEOs.
The book allows you to explore the different perspectives on the topic of habits. There is a story for you, me, for anyone who is looking for something new.
About the book “Habits of Success”
'Habits of Success: What Top Entrepreneurs Routinely Do in Business and in Life' is an anthology that draws wisdom from over forty exceptional leaders, CEOs, Coaches, and world-changers to present you with a multitude of perceptions on daily habits and a variety of methods, planning, embracing to adopt habits and thrive.
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1. Gallup, What is employee engagement and How do you improve it?. Gallup, 21 February 2020.
2. Chade-Meng Tan (Meng), Talks at Google: Search Inside Yourself, YouTube, 27 April 2012.