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It's About Time


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In a way, this book is an autobiographical chronicle by the author, triggered by serious illness and some deep insights emanating from his condition. The messages are however not about the medical …

In a way, this book is an autobiographical chronicle by the author, triggered by serious illness and some deep insights emanating from his condition. The messages are however not about the medical event, nor about the author. The messages have actually evolved over forty years of professional work in psychological practice and consulting to corporates worldwide. The essential message in It’s About Time is about timing. When is enough actually enough, and when is it time to cut back, step down and engage in more meaningful alternatives?

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  • 1. City of Cape Town It’s About Time By Prof Johann Coetzee Leadership Development Proposal Arnold SmitPresented by Prof Johann CoetzeeYour partner in world-classbusiness learning Date: 25/09/2012We Read For You:September 2012
  • 2. 1. WelcomeIt is indeed my privilege to facilitate this Programme onWork Life Integration and Executive Wellness.I am deliberately not lecturing, but sooner engaging in anarrative version of story-telling, based on myexperiences gained, interfacing with thousands ofexecutives over many years. It is actually these men andwomen who are the authors of our publications and theco-presenters of this programme. This authenticates themessage today.
  • 3. I have endeavored to convert the literature intofunctional documents and instruments, which you canplace in your executive toolbox as you continue toengage your executive position charter and strive toachieve a balanced integrated work life.Welcome, and I trust that you will benefit from oursession today.
  • 4. 2. Human Life Cycle: age, stage & phaseAGE PHASE SENSATIONS 0 Symbiosis Dependence/Comfort 3 Formative Values, norms, ideology, religion, faith, culture 6 Instructional Customs, manners, lifestyle 9 Prescription Behaviour, social construct 12 Puberty Hormonal ripening, hair, experimenting 15 Identity Self focus, attractiveness, style, appearance 18 Choices Friendships, choices, commitments 21 Adolescence Growth, maturity, independence 24 Relationships Permanent relationships, partnership, family. 30 Vocation Dominance of work life 33 Acceleration Professional attractiveness, growth, wealth. 36 Maturation Consolidation and success. 39 Neglect Self, relationships, preferences, priorities 42 Restrictive focus Career success, wealth, affordability, mid-life 45 Materialism Future focus, asset management, provision 48 Values clarification Confrontations, introspection, evaluations. 51 Posturising Institutional attractiveness, membership in networks 54 Alienation Partnership, parental, self 57 Consolidation Re-organising priorities and choices 60 Obsolescence Sensation of old and unattractiveness 63 Tiredness Enough, retirement 66 Terminations Work, career, elegance, lifestyle, address 69 Loneliness Social decline, shrinking 71 Freedom Financial, no prescription 74 Existentialism Future and external perspectives 77 Alignments Critical decisions and final choices 80 Geriatrics OLD
  • 5. 3. Unwellness – causes of imbalance CONDITION Excessive ambition Achievement Motive Materialism: Greed, Wealth Career acceleration: Too much, too fast, too soon Competitiveness (win syndrome) Normative Collapse: Values disintegration Institutional disintegration: Marriage, family Additions: Success, applause Relational Fatigue Ego: Image, Status, Stature, Power Neglect: Priorities Fears: Failure, Losing Tolerance of nonsense Fun Deprivation Sensorial Poverty: Only doing, not feeling Mechanistic Living: Too prescriptive Make belief: “It will get better”. False future focus. Commitment (Corporate Call) Slavishness Invasiveness: E-mails, Blackberry Future Uncertainty – Provision Addiction to condition
  • 6. 3. What have the 17% achieved and what do they report?• Confrontation emanating from disaster / adverse experience / situation / event.• Dramatic values clarification (recognizing and conforming to priorities).• Sanctioned teaching, counseling and guidance anent life skills philosophy and maintenance.• Involvement of partner (integrative strategy).• Recognising appeal of desired alternative lifestyle.
  • 7. • Becoming philosophical about life (existential perspective).• Defining enough.• Not being (becoming) too radical.• Considered comprises – notably material.• Management (manipulation) of Ego (equilibrium).• Recorded alternative life-and-living plan to paper as a model and a discipline.• Less futuristic and more immediate (contemporary focus and strategy).• Competent definition of affordability.
  • 8. • Disciplined self management regime: Diet, culture, time management.• Sustainable commitment to enduring freedom.• Legislation against negativity• Disciplined preventive maintenance• Relapse management / strategy• Fearless public announcement.• Alternative channeling of energies.• Education / Disciplining of Employer.