Re-Wire Aug 2015



In his recent essay on Medium, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz said that tech companies are destroying the personal lives of their employees (and getting nothing in return).

But before laying that charge at the whole industry, he posits an alternate outcome for himself at Facebook, had he prioritized his own life differently back then: "... I believe I would have been more effective: a better leader and a more focused employee. I would have had fewer panic attacks, and acute health problems—like throwing out my back regularly in my early 20s. I would have picked fewer petty fights with my peers in the organization, because I would have been generally more centered and self-reflective. ... AND I would have been happier."

Whether destroying self or others, I say disrupt this emerging status quo now.

Evolved leaders know that these outcomes are predictable, yet not inevitable. The type of unconscious (mis)management cited here can not only bring on exhaustion and illness, it also breeds fear — in young tech startups as much as in your grandpa's old computer firm. And that fear kills trust and honesty, which in turn slays fresh ideas and innovation. You can bust the pattern with tools and techniques that shift awareness, attitudes, behavior and whole cultures.

As a leadership and team-building coach dedicated to serving Science, Tech, Engineering and Medical professionals, I specialize in exactly this sort of breakthrough growth with technos. It starts with taking charge of your own development, whatever your role or level in the enterprise.


FIRST, CALM YOUR PANIC ATTACK  You likely know from experience that you don’t learn as well when you’re anxious or fearful as when you’re relaxed and secure.

The neuroscience that backs this up is penetrating the business world, to boost employee wellness and productivity alike. E.g., David Rock, founding president of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work, notes that feeling threatened diverts oxygen and glucose away from the parts of your brain that process new information and ideas. This impairs both analytic thinking and creative insight, degrading your overall ability to solve problems. *

Anyone, including Dustin, can calm a panic attack quickly with the Companion Tool I offered in the May 2015 issue of Re-Wire. Access an updated version of that technique here:


THEN EVOLVE YOURSELF  By "evolve" I mean intentional growth, spurred by your desire for expansive change, inspired by your vision of personal creative freedom, and aligned with both. There are many ways to take charge of your own deliberate development.

As both a passionate practitioner and an ardent recipient of developmental coaching, I’m highly biased toward that particular approach — for both individuals and teams. Done well, developmental coaching tailors for each person or group a responsive evolutionary program that’s comprised of relevant tools and techniques, like the one shared above.

Another approach that’s core to my practice these days is Tilt, a versatile robust technology for "people innovation" (which, btw, Facebook has used). Tilt's scientifically validated model, research, rater system and predictive analytics grabbed me enough to get trained-certified as a True Tilt Practitioner. I use this technology to help individuals and teams see their blind spots, increase their positive influence, accelerate talent development, achieve behavior breakthroughs, and generally grow more agile at responding to life’s many and varied challenges.

A biotech executive just worked with me to learn their True Tilt Profile and said this about the experience:

"The things I know to be true about myself are connected. Now I realize that A and B and C are linked together under a common structure that has these tendencies. I realized I didn’t do just one of these things, I do all of them! The pattern consistently described me. After doing this process, I started to build awareness in my interactions at work right away ... and figuring out how I could 'do it better' next time." Building self-awareness to 'do it better' next time — that's how intentional evolution begins.

Learn more here about Tiltology and Tools for Evolving.

At the end of his essay Moskovitz urges, "If you’re going to devote the best years of your life to work, do so intentionally. You can do great things AND live your life well. You can have it all, and science says you should." While I'm not so sure where science stands on 'having it all', I'm all for Dustin's good intention around being intentional. Here's hoping this article of Re-Wire and its companion tools for deliberate self-development support that very end.

*  David Rock "Managing with the Brain in Mind" Strategy+Business   issue 56, Autumn 2009


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