A Portfolio of High-Return Practices
Each morning you have 24 hours to invest, and you can invest in compound time or conventional time. Compound time being the small investments you make today that, over time, will yield surprisingly large returns (1). The key is to develop a portfolio of high-yield practices that create clarity, connections, and confidence. Each portfolio is distinct. It is build around timeless practices, such as journaling, walk & talks, gratitudes, and deep conversation, as well as contemporary ones like 30-day experiments. The practices calm the ego and the fear of missing out (FOMO), and awaken the center and the joy of missing out (JOMO).
A couple of years ago, I got really tired of the way we greet each other: “How are you”? “Good! Well, busy. Actually, it’s a bit crazy right now. Too much really! But [phony smile] better busy than not busy, right?” Wrong!
When leading change we speak about the hard stuff (systems, structures, technology, tools) and the soft stuff (talent, energy, leadership, culture), making the human side of the enterprise sound light, fluffy, almost harmless. Leading us to underestimate the underlying power and possibilities of the human dimension.
“When under pressure, we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to our level of training,” says the Greek poet and soldier Archilochus. Pithy and pertinent advice 2,600 years ago and today!