Growing Pains Give Opportunity to Glow, Says LBS Professor

lynda-gratton2London Business School professor and best-selling author/business guru Lynda Gratton says we can stay ahead of the curve by Glowing–radiating positive energy that fosters a great working experience that excites and ignites others through our own inspiration, and delivers superior value through our work.

In a new London Business School podcast, Gratton discusses how today’s wobbly economy and job market have made it more important than ever for each of us to prove our worth to employers. “Whether we like it or not, it is survival of the brightest, and team members that can match earning potential with creativity, and who also work well in a team, will survive job cuts.”

There’s always someone who can do your job faster or cheaper, Gratton says, so the best way to protect yourself from competition in the job market is to provide those human facets that are invaluable to an organization: a creative mindset, inspiration and teamwork.

People who Glow have mastered three distinct areas of their life:

  • they have built deeply trusting and cooperative relationships with others (a co-operative mindset)
  • they have extended their networks beyond the obvious to encompass the unusual (jumping across worlds)
  • they are on an inner quest that ignites their own energy and that of others (igniting latent energy)

So, how can you ignite that latent energy?

  • Ask questions that spark energy to engross and interest others as well as your own curiosity.
  • Create compelling visions of the future that you and your colleagues can buy into which encourage others to imagine the future and to become excited about being involved in that future.
  • Cooperate with others to craft meaningful and exciting work.

It’s time to turn to trusted colleagues for advice and insight into your tasks. By tapping into a vast network of people operating in different ways, you’ll be able to innovate your work and boost your Glow quotient.

(photo credit: London Business School)

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