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  • February 27, 2017

Harnessing Adversity

Being a part of my Visionary CEO Community is a team of thinkers all aspiring towards growth and success. As the leader of the community, I facilitate thinktank-like environments designed to push the CEOs forward to greater heights—personally, professionally, organizationally, whatever they need to excel.

As the process begins, I ask the CEOs to arrive with their current hurdles in mind, to investigate where they are feeling blocked or unable to create the impact they want. We hit the ground running with one priority, Where do you need a breakthrough?

Next, we come together. The aim is to come to a crossroads of expanded aptitude propelling everyone forward. But here’s where the beauty of constructing a community comes into play. A major component is to draw on the collective intelligence of the group. We don’t just hop from one challenge to another in isolation; we harness our combined knowledge to cut through learning curves and take attendees beyond where they would be on their own.

We then move onto a process I invented, called TimeLine Mining. We comb through past experience looking for the places where learning was the most profound and deeply rooted, highlighting that growth as a tool. Once it becomes explicit, out in the open, we have the chance to modify it. We can challenge its assumptions, and cultivate its intensity.  The former keeps us from being reactive in future situations which feel similar. The latter builds on real-world skills developed to successfully confront adversity; we can turn these hard-won skills into super powers, competencies where we regularly outperform others.

There is more, of course, but I wanted to highlight these because I have a feeling this Monday they may be of use to you for the week ahead!

Where are your current challenges? Where do you feel limited in your life?

What events in the past hold the key to your exceptional abilities… and how might you use them now?

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.”- Malcolm X

Seth Kahan

About Seth Kahan

Seth Kahan is an executive business strategist.

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