A popular television actor and comedian recently recounted his reasons for walking off the set and forfeiting almost 50 million dollars. As trivial as his reasons may have seemed (many people thought he was just plain crazy), he claimed, “It was because he did not find the work fun anymore”. He cited the pressure factor which brought to his performance an intolerable amount of fear which he associated with the failure of his creativity. Recognizing the need to be joyfully engaged in his role, playful and at the same time, working extremely hard (many times up to 18 hours per day on location), he realized that he needed to immediately disconnect or he might run the risk of ultimately compromising his God-given talent altogether.
How many times have so many of us chosen the wrong alternative when faced with the rigors of a monotonous task and decided in favor of abolishing the “fun” factor and replacing it with the drudgery of an old-fashioned application of plain old elbow grease.
During a recent interview this past Monday for MY Fox Boston.com, Dr. Ned Hallowell, author of the newly published book, “Shine,” speaks about the importance of imaginative engagement to bring out the spark in your staff. Hallowell stresses the need for a new approach which he refers to as “Enlighten Management” which focuses on the manager devoting his or herself to finding the brain-power from within the people whom he or she manages. This new spin on an old concept involves the old fashion notion of the emotional buy-in. Hallowell believes a great manager is a person who is hyper-aware when it comes to determining what his or her employees are most proficient in, finds full and satisfying and what can in the process bring greater value to the company for doing.
If we can see a playful connection to what we must do every day, then we are well on our way to living a more joyful and gratifying existence.
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About the Book “Shine”