Obsessed for Success
A common theme across many of these articles is that individuals with a “passion” for their business and an intense, almost obsessional desire to make a difference in the world though their unique enterprises, are those who are the most successful. This type of obsession or “never say die” attitude stems from deep within the human psyche and is not something you can teach. These individuals motivate themselves through dedication and determination, and persist repeatedly even in the face of failure, all in the hope of making something different, better or new.
Excessive obsession as a trait is dysfunctional, however when managed appropriately and aligned to purpose and vision, it is a huge asset for commercial success. In my work, I coach many of these highly driven individuals to assist them to harness this strong gift. A large part of coaching them is about focussing their obsession in a productive way so it becomes a powerful force for performance. This includes;
- Conducting personality assessments targeted at measuring the “obsessive” trait and offering ways to manage it (e.g. Hogan’s Development Survey & the Leadership Circle);
- Questioning the beliefs that drive their behaviours and ensuring they are aligned with their business goals and community values;
- Assisting them to create a frame of reference and new ways of thinking, to ensure their obsessive energy is channelled into productive outcomes.
Through coaching, highly driven people are able to build their own self-awareness to focus their obsession and achieve sustainable business success.
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