The $64,000 Question: Diligent or Striving?

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For those of you not in the know, “The $64,000 Question” was a radio show in the 40s and a TV show in the 50s. Shows that were around long before I was born! Contestants were asked questions that got increasingly more difficult. After answering each question correctly, they were given a prize that they could keep or risk losing it if they didn’t give the correct answer to the next question. Each right answer moved them closer to the “$64,000 question” – the ultimate prize! Lately the same question keeps popping up from different people. The most recent person … Read More

The Striving Illusion

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Illustration of a person jogging on a treadmill

Working out on a treadmill burns calories and gets the heart pumping. Yet, even if you crank up the pace, you will still find yourself in the same place. As I work with leaders, I often find that they are frantically expending energy and barely have a minute to spare; and…getting nowhere. They are on the leadership treadmill. I call that striving; just another way of being stuck! It’s a leader’s job to guide things from point A to point Bin order to successfully reach specific goals. Striving gives you the illusion of working hard, yet what you are investing … Read More