Daniel Crosby, Ph.D.
www.doctordanielcrosby.com
daniel@doctordanielcrosby.com
Part I
 Prisoners possessed of a deeply-felt reason
for being enjoyed psychological and
physical benefits not afforded those who...
 “Ever more people today have the
means to live, but no meaning to live
for.”
 “Ultimately, man should not ask what
the ...
 “He who has a why
to live can bear
with almost any
how.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
 “I believe the most important
attribute for a leader is being
principle-centered. Centering on
principles that are unive...
 “How different our lives are
when we really know what is
deeply important to us, and,
keeping that picture in mind,
we m...
 Gladwell suggests that passion, not genius,
is what differentiates the Beatles and Bill
Gates from their contemporaries
...
“The thematic goal is not a number,
and it is not even specifically
measurable. It is a general statement
of a desired acc...
 Flow – the mental state of operation in which
the person is fully immersed in what he or
she is doing by a feeling of en...
 “Creating meaning involves bringing
order to the contents of the mind by
integrating one’s actions into a unified
flow e...
 “If you talk to me five
minutes, four minutes
are going to be about
my faith and my family,
and for one minute, if
you w...
 What is the most meaningful thing you have
ever done? What made it so meaningful?
 What three adjectives would you most...
 Who here would like to be a letter carrier?
 “Going Postal” – boredom, repetitiveness, exposure
to elements, irritable ...
 Pick your least-preferred work task.
 How can you view this task in a more
meaningful way?
 What tasks do you reduce t...
 Meaning is a critical common factor
that is ignored at the peril of the
individual or organization.
 Overarching meanin...
Part II
 Sounds nice, right?
 If it’s so great why do we give it up so
frequently? How do we?
 Freedom is a gift with a price.
...
 Belief that is “just how I am”
 Failing to adapt leadership style
 Choosing tradition over excellence
 Relying on oth...
 People often value
comfort over
greatness.
 Impedes personal
development.
 Impedes
organizational
development.
 Chang...
 “Everything can be
taken from a man
or a woman but one
thing: the last of
human freedoms to
choose one's
attitude in any...
 “Happiness is not something that
happens… (it) is a condition that
must be prepared for, cultivated,
and defended privat...
 Situation = Behavior
 Situation + Chosen Response = Behavior
 More difficult, riskier, but ultimately more
rewarding.
...
 Locus of control-refers to an individual’s
generalized expectations concerning where
control over events resides. In sim...
 Group 1 – placed in
cages with escape
 Group 2 – no
effective escape
behavior
 Time 2 – “why try”
attitude for those i...
 Boone (1996) et al. reported the CEO locus of
control was significantly associated with
profitability in small business
...
 List five personal
and/or professional
opportunities that
have emerged as a
result of the
recession.
 External LOC is linked to poor executive
performance, helplessness, and inaction
 You cannot help but decide
 Every ex...
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  1. 1. Daniel Crosby, Ph.D. www.doctordanielcrosby.com daniel@doctordanielcrosby.com
  2. 2. Part I
  3. 3.  Prisoners possessed of a deeply-felt reason for being enjoyed psychological and physical benefits not afforded those who lacked such meaning.  This meaning took the shape of large goals, rooted in deeply-held personal beliefs, as well as viewing seemingly un-extraordinary events as special.
  4. 4.  “Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.”  “Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.”
  5. 5.  “He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  6. 6.  “I believe the most important attribute for a leader is being principle-centered. Centering on principles that are universal and timeless provides a foundation and compass to guide every decision and every act..” –Stephen R. Covey -
  7. 7.  “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and, keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and do what really matters most.” –Stephen R. Covey -
  8. 8.  Gladwell suggests that passion, not genius, is what differentiates the Beatles and Bill Gates from their contemporaries  Without viewing our work as meaningful, Gladwell states, we will never put in the necessary time and effort to become an outlier
  9. 9. “The thematic goal is not a number, and it is not even specifically measurable. It is a general statement of a desired accomplishment. It requires a verb, because it rallies people to do something. Improve, increase, reduce, grow, change, establish, eliminate, accelerate.” -Patrick Lencioni, Silos, Politics and Turf Wars
  10. 10.  Flow – the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.  Colloquialisms for the mental state include being “in the zone”, “on the ball”, or “in the groove.”  Flow is the study of the psychology of optimal performance.
  11. 11.  “Creating meaning involves bringing order to the contents of the mind by integrating one’s actions into a unified flow experience…People who find their lives meaningful usually have a goal that is challenging enough to take up all of their energies, a goal that can give significance to their lives.” – Flow, p.217
  12. 12.  “If you talk to me five minutes, four minutes are going to be about my faith and my family, and for one minute, if you wanna talk about baseball we can talk about baseball.”  Motto: Some things are bigger than the game.  On PFF Night – Watch out!
  13. 13.  What is the most meaningful thing you have ever done? What made it so meaningful?  What three adjectives would you most like to describe you? What three adjective do most describe you?  Reflect on a “boundary experience”. What insights did you have in that moment?
  14. 14.  Who here would like to be a letter carrier?  “Going Postal” – boredom, repetitiveness, exposure to elements, irritable customers  “I don’t just deliver mail. I see myself helping to connect people to other people. I help build the community. Besides, people depend on me and I don’t want to let them down.”  Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. – Herodotus, Greek historian, 1st Century B.C.
  15. 15.  Pick your least-preferred work task.  How can you view this task in a more meaningful way?  What tasks do you reduce to meaninglessness that actually serve a higher purpose?  What positive aspects of your work are you rushing past?
  16. 16.  Meaning is a critical common factor that is ignored at the peril of the individual or organization.  Overarching meaning increases performance, structures our goals and our time, and gives unity of purpose to our endeavors.  Finding meaning in the mundane makes work more enjoyable and opens our eyes to possibilities.
  17. 17. Part II
  18. 18.  Sounds nice, right?  If it’s so great why do we give it up so frequently? How do we?  Freedom is a gift with a price.  The price of freedom is responsibility.
  19. 19.  Belief that is “just how I am”  Failing to adapt leadership style  Choosing tradition over excellence  Relying on others; vilifying them  Not making decisions  Remaining in unsatisfying careers  Blaming mistakes on externalities (e.g., genes, family, co-workers, boss)  Waiting for others to change before risking it
  20. 20.  People often value comfort over greatness.  Impedes personal development.  Impedes organizational development.  Change begins with YOU.
  21. 21.  “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” – Viktor Frankl
  22. 22.  “Happiness is not something that happens… (it) is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives.” – Flow, pg.2 -
  23. 23.  Situation = Behavior  Situation + Chosen Response = Behavior  More difficult, riskier, but ultimately more rewarding.  You are the author of your own story!
  24. 24.  Locus of control-refers to an individual’s generalized expectations concerning where control over events resides. In simple terms, who or what is responsible for what happens.  Internal LOC – responsibility rests with us  External LOC – responsibility rests with the environment
  25. 25.  Group 1 – placed in cages with escape  Group 2 – no effective escape behavior  Time 2 – “why try” attitude for those in Group 2  We make our own cages
  26. 26.  Boone (1996) et al. reported the CEO locus of control was significantly associated with profitability in small business  7% of small businesses with Internal LOC CEO’s failed  45% of small business with External LOC CEO’s failed
  27. 27.  List five personal and/or professional opportunities that have emerged as a result of the recession.
  28. 28.  External LOC is linked to poor executive performance, helplessness, and inaction  You cannot help but decide  Every exploiter needs an exploitee  Adversity can redirect, enlighten, and strengthen us  Accepting personal responsibility does not guarantee success but shirking it does guarantee mediocrity

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