Harnessing Energy

Energy1You may not feel outstandingly robust, but if you are an average-sized adult you will contain within your modest frame no less than 7 X 10^18 joules of potential energy—enough to explode with the force of thirty very large hydrogen bombs, assuming you knew how to liberate it and really wished to make a point.”

Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

The ability to generate positive energy is critical for effectively managing in today’s demanding workplaces. It can be converted into engagement, enthusiasm, and enjoyment. Effective leaders cultivate an environment that encourages the release of positive energy rather than negative energy, which is destructive and diminishes results.

Good coaching is one strategy that leaders use to build positive energy and will help people to replenish and use positive energy in their thinking and health practices.

Cognitive Thinking Skills

Effective leaders assist individuals to reframe their thinking so that they are able to see things from a different perspective. Instead of frustration and negativity they support the adoption of a solution-focused approach.

Positive energy enables us to overcome negative perceptions. Everyone is entitled to visit Pity City … for a few minutes. It is a good place to drop off negative baggage and a great place to reframe thinking and come up with a plan to move forward.

Health

Coaches focus on mechanisms to deal with stress, and maintain energy throughout the entire day. Sleep, nutrition, exercise and relationships are key to succeed in both our personal and professional lives.

  1. Sleep

Insufficient or poor quality sleep has many negative effects for the workplace, including poor emotional regulation, susceptibility to illness, and inability to focus. Sufficient sleep can enhance clear thinking, physical energy and enthusiasm.

  1. Nutrition

It is not rocket science: our bodies require regular refuelling with nutritious food. Missing lunches, high-fat, fast food, or coffee-only breakfasts reduce energy and contribute to chronic illness and fatigue.

  1. Exercise

Regular exercise is essential for physical and emotional well-being. It is revitalizing, reducing stress and keeping negative emotions at bay.

  1. Relationships

Good relationships among colleagues are vital to the right flow of energy in the workplace. Displays of negative emotions can detract from effective, stable relationships. Supportive coaching and mentoring relationships that enable individuals to safely share feelings are important.

It may sound easy to bring a group of people together to generate energy and passion; however, if the energy becomes negative then the synergy can produce negative results. Leaders must continue to strive for the positive environment that will release those 7 X 10^18 Jules of potential energy and achieve great results.

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August 2, 2017

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