If you’re an ambitious person, you’ll be working out what it takes to be exceptional at work (and everywhere). You’ll know that working super hard helps, but won’t be enough – and might eventually burn you out. Getting candid feedback on what you need to change is critical. It goes hand in hand with compassion, funnily enough.
You’ll want to strive for something far better than you have, in order to work out how far your strengths take you. Only that way you’ll know how to fill the gaps. Finding moments – for yourself and those around you – that activate the parts of your brain (your seeking systems) helps. And you’ll want a hand in shaping your career, team, organisation; after all, it’s pretty debilitating to be told what to do, or to copy somebody else’s work.
In this conversation Prof. Dan Cable shares his research on how to inspire exceptional performance at work.
More on Dan:
You can find out more about Dan here: https://dan-cable.com/
His latest book is called 'Exceptional': https://dan-cable.com/books/
He hosts a podcast called 'Squeezing the Orange from Social Science' with Akin Omobitan https://squeezingtheorange.podbean.com/
Resources from me:
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Highlights of my work
Every Leader Has Flaws. Don’t Let Yours Derail Your Strategy (HBR): https://hbr.org/2021/09/every-leader-has-flaws-dont-let-yours-derail-your-strategy
5 strategies to infuse diversity & inclusion into your organisation (HBR): https://hbr.org/2021/05/5-strategies-to-infuse-di-into-your-organization
4 actions transformational leaders can take (HBR): https://hbr.org/2021/05/4-actions-transformational-leaders-take
Four building blocks of transformation (S+B): https://www.strategy-business.com/article/The-Four-Building-Blocks-of-Transformation?gko=5a1aa
How to be a visionary leader and still have a personal life (HBR): https://hbr.org/2020/11/how-to-be-a-visionary-leader-and-still-have-a-personal-life
How to practise strategy in an uncertain world (Strategy+Business): http://bit.ly/2OaojhB
10 principles of strategic leadership (S+B): http://bit.ly/3q14kQm
How to reinvent your organisation in the middle of a crisis (HBR): https://hbr.org/2021/02/how-to-reinvent-your-organization-in-the-middle-of-a-crisis
How to convince people that a crisis is also an opportunity (Forbes): https://www.forbes.com/sites/lbsbusinessstrategyreview/2020/04/28/how-to-convince-people-that-a-crisis-is-also-an-opportunity/?sh=441e32b830f8