An Amulet gives you quick tips for embracing All-In Leadership that you can start practicing right away. Designed to be more of a deep but manageable dive into your own motivation and approach, each Amulet will help you become stronger and more self-aware.
Your new Amulet is:
Making useful choices
Understanding the choices we make becomes easier if we separate them into three categories:
1. Constructive. Constructive choices indicate creativity and growth, and force us to stretch past our comfort zone.
Constructive choice examples:
- declaring your vision publicly
- reaching out to a mentor who will challenge you
- embracing a new paradigm
2. Ordinary. Ordinary choices are benign and comfortable. They can serve my interests or even the interests of others, albeit not in transformative ways. These choices can also be a wash, meaning that they don’t further anyone’s best interests.
Ordinary choice examples:
- sticking to familiar systems
- working through processes instead of developing people
- listening to status quo voices instead of heretical ideas
3. Destructive. Destructive choices undermine safety and progress. Like constructive choices, they cause discomfort, but the discomfort is rooted in fear and sensing the danger of the poor decision we’ve made, not the stretching and challenges that accompany growth. No one is served by these choices. In fact, you and others may be harmed.
Destructive choice examples:
- ignoring warnings
- dismissing change and challenges
- opting for quick fixes
Grab a piece of paper. Write down a choice you made in the last week. Next, answer the following questions:
- What kind of choice was it?
- What did you feel after it was made? Comfort? Discomfort?
- What results have you seen thus far?
- If your choice was ordinary or destructive, what could you have done differently to make it a constructive choice instead?
When we are more aware of the motivations and consequences of our decision-making processes, we can make wiser choices that benefit not only us, but our entire organizations.
You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.
– Alan Alda