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March 2017, article published originally in El Periódico de Catalunya

 

Too much of you

¿sobrado de algo? ¿de ti? analízate bien

Come on, admit it, it’s not so awful. There must be something you have too much of in your business, store, beach shack, or whatever you want to call it. For sure.

Me? How would I have too much of something? If anything, I’d fall short instead.

I know, you’ll say not you, but the rest of us have too much of something inside us. All of us. Especially you, what do you have too much of? It could be cowardice or lack of ideas or the guts to walk the road you know you and your business need. Maybe you have too many collaborators (in quantity or quality) or, on the contrary, too many job vacancies for high profile professionals. Maybe you have too many paradigms and preconceived frameworks, when what you lack are molds to break and frameworks that have yet to be conceived. How should I know what you have too much of?

Maybe you have clocked too many hours at the office or have too many emails. Maybe you have had too many meetings or have too much misunderstood intuition (aka stubbornness).

Oh, what did you just call me? Stubborn? It was unintentional, but with the intention of helping. You’re not getting picky on me, are you? To try something different, why don’t you start by asking yourself what you have too much of?

Dedicate some intense neurological time to being in touch with yourself, with nothing else but your brain, a white sheet of paper, and make a simple list

On your own, in front of the mirror, staring at yourself with no filters, Photoshop or masks on, truthfully, naked, no frills. Knowing that chances are you’ll get hurt. Well, said like that, honestly, it sounds neither easy nor appealing.

I get it, but there’s no plan B. It hurts to acknowledge the “too much” we have inside. But once you’ve done it, it’s like taking a weight off – of biblical proportions. And the bad thing is there is no compass, advice or shortcut to free ourselves of it.

Get it out, as a kind of business exorcism, for your and your organization’s wellbeing. Whatever it takes, you must put an end to excess calls, documents or even trips. Be ruthless, or it will get worse. Dedicate some intense neurological time to being in touch with yourself, with nothing else but your brain, a white sheet of paper, a simple list with what you faintly sense you have too much of, and a pen to cross it off. The results, if you do it right, could surprise you. But why me? What have I done to you? You yourself nothing, but your “too much” has. And I don’t know how to put it, but this isn’t working, not like this. The time has come to deal with your “too much” and get it under control, however you can. Just think that by definition, it is endless. It always wants more, more time, more tiredness, more useless things, more than it gives back and more of the same. That’s why it is what it is.

To fly high, you have to start by knowing what you have too much of. Come on, accept it, what is it you have too much of? There must be something you have too much of in your business. What if it’s you? Well, that would be too much.

 

 

This article was originally published in Spanish in El Periódico de Cataluña. The picture is by Andy Beales.

Formado en la Escuela Suiza (habla 4 idiomas), Pablo Foncillas licenciado en derecho y MBA del IESE Business School. Actualmente es miembro del claustro del IESE en el departamento comercial. Compagina su vida en el entorno académico y como conferenciante junto con roles directivos y de consultoría en varias industrias desde los años 90. ¿Hablamos? Clica aquí para contactarme por correo electrónico