Time to Look Under the Hood
The Engine that Powers Success
There is an engine that powers your success. It’s not what leadership development professionals usually write about. David Brooks, a keen social observer, comes closest to it in a 2011 New Yorker piece. He writes about a “composure class,” whose members do not succeed by striving for achievement. Instead, in their more natural ascent, “wealth settles down on them gradually, like gentle snow.” He describes their traits as follows:
“Intelligence, academic performance, and prestigious schools don’t correlate well with fulfillment, or even with outstanding accomplishment. The traits that do make a difference are poorly understood, and can’t be taught in a classroom, no matter what the tuition: the ability to understand and inspire people; to read situations and discern the underlying patterns; to build trusting relationships; to recognize and correct one’s shortcomings; to imagine alternate futures.”
These traits are fundamental ways of operating that reside beneath conscious thought. They make all the best practices yield higher results. How do you cultivate and refine this stratum of inner strength, so that “wealth settles upon you, like gentle snow?”
Checking Under the Hood
My current research investigates what personal resources executives draw upon in response to great challenges. From extensive interviews and coaching sessions, a set of seven clusters of inner strengths and skills emerged as keys for succeeding where lesser equipped leaders fail. These data gave rise to an assessment: The 7 Powers Profile.
Using the profile, you can assess where you are strong and where slight changes in your approach could yield significant benefits in:
- How vital and alive you feel on the job, and
- How you can accomplish more of what you want through improving your capacity to focus, learn, and connect with others.
Tune and Supercharge Your Engine
You can take the assessment and work with its recommendations through the course of Dragons at Work. As our hero progresses, you’ll be given instructions that will develop you along with him. Leadership development professionals will learn more about how to work with executives like Dan.
The 7 Powers Profile is currently in beta version. If you would like to try the assessment, please send an email to: clientcare@StephenJosephs.com with a little information about why you want to take the assessment and we will send you a link. Because the assessment is still in development, the interpretation of the results will come through our conversation, rather than a report.