It’s a feeling we have all felt at some point in our career: feeling like you’re stuck in a rut. It’s a pretty ambiguous feeling: you do like your job, but you feel there might be more and you just don’t get that excited about your career anymore. Especially working in corporate it can be easy to ignore these feelings as you’ve worked hard to get where you are and you are proud of your accomplishments. But if you still feel there might be more for you, it might be worth checking out what’s going on.
A few weeks ago we discussed the principles of building a high-performance team which involved crafting and communicating an effective mission, shaping a goal driven culture and hiring the right people. Another vital ingredient to an effective young leader of a high-performance team is the ability to build and maintain a trusting environment for your team and other stakeholders.
Since I took over a team at Philips I have struggled to bring together my own start-up leadership & coaching style with the corporate environment. I recently caught up with a number of entrepreneurs and start-up founders to find out more. Between them, the following three themes emerged.
Worldwide, nearly 3 billion people use social media for a variety of reasons: entertainment, to connect with friends and family, to promote their businesses, and to express themselves creatively. But social media isn’t just a tool for enjoyment or promotion. It’s quickly becoming a catalyst for mental illness, anxiety, and even depression.
Pinning down exactly what good leadership looks like isn’t always as straightforward as it may first appear. Frequently, discussion turns to topics such as how to organize a team, how to best create goals, and how to develop an effective strategy to meet those goals. All these things are important. No doubt about it. But when we discuss matters such as these, we are not discussing leadership - we’re discussing management.
So far in this series, we’ve explored ways to improve mental health that are focused inward—your sleep and physical activity, your nutrition, and your mindfulness and stress management. But the last mental health factor concerns your interactions with the world around you. Social connectedness can boost happiness and decrease feelings of loneliness, ultimately improving your mental health and overall quality of life. Thus, feeling connected is just as important as all the other components.
So far in this series, we’ve explored the ways mental health is directly impacted by physical and nutritional habits. However, our mental health is also affected by the ways we manage stress and anxiety coming from this; one way to do this is to promote mindfulness
Mental health is impacted by four factors—your physical, nutritional, emotional, and social well-being. In the previous installment of this series, we explored the many ways physical activity and sleep can affect mental health as well as best practices to improve both components. However, to reap the full benefits of those improvements, you must also examine your nutrition.
Your mental health is your general well-being. It’s your ability to get through everyday life with a positive point of view and to bounce back when certain people or events challenge that point of view. Though mental health may seem like an internal process, it’s made up of four key categories—physical, nutritional, emotional, and social. While each component deserves your attention, it’s important to start with the physical, which is defined by your exercise level and the quality of your sleep. When the physical aspect of your well-being is off track, it’s difficult to focus on the other three.