Managing Oneself and Gosh Darn…. Managing others

There is nothing like hindsight and many years of experience to speak to a “soft“ aspect of personal and professional success. I would coin it Resilience. Like a three-legged stool, resilience is best found when all three legs are present:

  1. Knowing oneself and how one best performs and learns;
  2. Having options and making choices and 3) being thankful.

Resilience is a complex concept that lends itself to many meanings:

The Resilience Research Centre with over 15 years of research and in light of the current adverse pandemic situation has stated: “In the context of exposure to significant adversity, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.”

In “Good to Great“ by best-selling author Jim Collins, the Stockdale Paradox provides an alternative and chilling definition of resilience. When Jim asked Admiral Stockdale “Who didn’t make it out?” of the Vietnam Prisoner of War camp after eight years imprisoned and having suffered tortures he responded, “The Optimists.” “The optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, “We’re going to be out by Christmas.” And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say “By Easter”. And they died of a broken heart.” Survivors were able to be realistic by confronting the brutal facts and working and improvising with whatever resources they had.

I have coined a formula explaining Resilience for Enterprises. “The agility to generate options + the ability to make decisions + creation of a sense of belonging among the community of Followers inclusive of all stakeholders, shareholders, employees, and communities = Enterprise Value.” Brenda A. McCabe

Resilience is best achieved if all three legs are present. The stool may lack one leg, and still be functioning. I would argue though that with two missing legs, you will have a broken stool.

Knowing oneself

I am a reader when performing, and I am a writer when learning as found in a seminal essay by Peter F. Drucker “Managing Oneself.” Knowing oneself is critical to lead an organization, for if you are not self-aware, how can you lead? Managing Oneself is required reading for those founders I work with.

“Success in the knowledge economy comes to those who know themselves – their strengths, their values, and how they best perform.” Peter F. Drucker “Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values”

Options and making choices

Having options is powerful to navigate life and business choices. You also must act upon those options by making choices. “Action and feeling go together . . . by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling.” – William James, Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life’s Ideals

Being Thankful

Showing gratitude towards others that accompany you on the journey of creating a purposeful enterprise that creates a better world is essential. I assess a founder’s openness to work with my white glove advisory services by asking if she or he is willing to write a thank you letter to a person that has been influential in their personal or professional journey and allows me to see it.

If you are authentic; willing to learn and experiment I would be honored to serve you.

Thank you.
Brenda A. McCabe