Is Identification Your Last Barrier As CEO?

After a full working life, you might imagine yourself content with your contribution to your family, friends, and business.

But, do your scoreboards tell the full story of your experience - did you recognise and harvest the value available?

As management responsibility and risk increase, significant obstacles to progress emerge. In my case, they came camouflaged as personality - and the catalytic energy and presence that delivered many successful projects seemed to become a problem.

So, I had to do something about it.

But, as it turned out, energy and presence were not the problems. Identification, masquerading as personality, was.

Personality has many different sides to it, though. For example, in a specific Tibetan tradition, you have twenty-four body organs. Each organ contributes physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual characteristics towards the play of your personality.

You can count on the interplay of at least 96 different organic qualities with each presenting decision. And, that is truly only half the story!

So, it is complicated.

The biggest threat within this system is the process of identification - when you mistakenly identify with the content of your story.

We all know that identification with a losing position can lead to a loss of face.

Indeed, there are cultural structures to avoid loss of face as many people do not know how to recover from it.

Paradoxically, identification is sought after in strategy, leadership communication, and project implementation.

But, it is suicide for a leader.

So, is this process of identification the last barrier to ultimate success as CEO?

Best wishes

Joseph

PS Do your scoreboards tell the full story of your experience - did you recognise and harvest the value available? To talk further, email me, joseph@zeteticmind.com.