What Is Water?: How Young Leaders Can Thrive in an Uncertain World Hardcover – May 2, 2019
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"The writing here is clear and uncluttered. Practical, intuitive steps for achieving goals under difficult circumstances... Kian's work, while far-reaching in its sourcing, nevertheless feels firmly planted in the current moment. Making compelling references to figures from literature, history, art, and politics, the author presents a blueprint for navigating chaos and centering the self." - BookLife Prize Critics Report
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1544503520
- ISBN-13 : 978-1544503523
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : To the Moon Publishing (May 2, 2019)
- Language: : English
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For me: having grown up in a ‘high-bar’ environment has for long posted a big challenge for me when managing negative emotions, I tent to escalate quickly the situation, most time unnecessarily. The framework in this book around ‘Mange the negative emotions’ has provided by far the most practical and effective help to me in this area. Now every time I encounter negative emotions, I always ask myself first – is this personal or impersonal? Did everything go wrong or what specially go wrong? How long will the negative impact last or people remember? Is it forever or only a few hours, days, weeks etc.? It allows me to level the incident where it should be instead where I escalated it to be, this has helped me deal with tough times a lot easier.
For others: As part of my job, I coach a lot of leaders, many of them are young leaders. I have noticed that many young leaders struggle with a very similar situation: “I am doing well in my job, but I am NOT happy.” These are typically very smart and driven individuals, high performer, proven track of record of career advancement, which all indicate a very bright future. But at the same time, their unhappiness and feeling of being ‘stuck’ is also very real. I found the framework for strengths in this book very helpful in this case. The quick hypothesis is that these young leaders are suffering from their strenuous gifts – things they do very well, but drains their energy. Helping young leaders to plot the 4 quadrants of energy & capability gives them great clarity to see that they are just in a situation of using too much of their strenuous gifts and that is the change they need to make. The questionnaire in the book is also helpful, because a lot of times, people do not know where to start, but ranking a survey is always easier.
The second episode of these young leaders’ struggle is that not only they do well but feel unhappy, but also they feel not understood when they try to talk about it to friends and families, typical response they get include – “I don’t see how you can be unhappy, you are in such a good place.” , “Oh, do you wan tot then try xxx job or xxx job? I can see you a good xxx.” Etc. The framework used in the ‘You & others’ section comes handy. There are 5 types of reaction people get when seeking comfort – dismiss , problem-solve, acknowledging, naming, contextualizing. Young leaders who now understand this also learned to choose who to share their vulnerabilities with and thus further help them to continue thrive in this VUCA world.
There are thoughtful exercises to help one hone their new way of thinking . Encouraging annedotes from history's warriors that endured during their life's struggles as well.
An easy to read breath of fresh air that makes you stop, think and then remove defeatism from one's vocabulary and lifestyle.
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This book contains only these summarized paragraphs BUT is still super entertaining to read!
It is as if a highly elite and diverse selection of philosophers and coaches of the past eras up to today were asked: “what is the main insight you would want to give to young ambitious people of the 21st century?”
Will keep this book close, to re-read when needed, thanks Kayvan!