“My work is very important to me but I invest so much in it that I can’t detach. I can’t switch off. At home they only get what’s left of me and I have a habit of retreating and opting out. I guess I see time at home as recovery time from work”.
“I believe I’m right too much and close myself off to learning. I need to change this”.
“I’m not in the relationship with colleagues that I want to be. I don’t share difficult things with them. I process it all on my own and then when I’ve got it sorted out and feel in control, that’s when I reveal what I’m thinking and feeling. This shuts everyone else out and means I don’t get any help. People don’t think I need any”.
“I guess I just see myself as a fixer and I hate to disappoint people. I have a fear of failing and letting people down”.
“I fear I’m not as good as the best so I often feel like an imposter.”
“I always feel a sense of duty and responsibility – it’s up to me to make things happen”.
“You cannot change to someone you’re not. I’ve finally stopped trying to be a person I’m not”.
“What I came to see was that my previous strategy of hiding myself could have a worse consequence than taking the risk to show myself. By showing myself I risked losing my job – and I definitely didn’t want that. But by not showing myself, I risked losing myself”.
“The intensity of the week was huge. I am in such admiration of what you are doing and I want to say that I think you and the whole team are just very special people”.
“I’m feeling motivated again with a good energy”.
“I feel more freedom of choice, not trapped and captured as I felt before”.
“I’ve realised that I’m not really controlling anything. I thought I was – but it was an illusion”.
“In the past I worried too much and was really stressed. I’m a different person now – more accepting of things that have happened in the past”.
“I have found that I am much calmer and do still feel a real feeling of having let something pretty big go last week and treasure my feedback which helps me with any moments of self-doubt”.
“I will always be indebted to you and what you helped me deal with, it changed my life… Seriously!”
Sadly we all continue to meet highly capable, technically skilled leaders whose careers have stalled or derailed due to what was previously been seen as inadequate interpersonal skills, now better understood as emotional intelligence issues.
It can make a real difference to leaders and their organisations, if they are able to deepen their emotional and psychological development through exposure to an intensive growth experience. Engaging with deeper personal development can fundamentally alter the course of people’s careers and wider life relationships
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