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A Chartered psychologist and strategist, Dr Paul Taffinder, dubbed the “CEO Whisperer”, is popular and well-known within the world of business as the co-founder and managing partner of Taffinder Consulting, which specializes in providing advice to CEOs on leadership, strategy, and performance of organizations.

Taffinder is also a prize-winning business author , whose unique insights on leadership have earned him best-selling status.

Outside of work However, his love is sci-fi and fiction. To fulfill an ambition he’s had for a long time the author has recently published an epic series of books–The Dream Murderer Cycle. Although many executives might think they’re not able to devote time to a hobby however, Dr. Taffinder believes that investing in this project could yield significant results not just for oneself but professionally. It might be the right time, he suggests to revisit your interests outside of work.

When I was just four years old, I realized that I wanted to become an author. I don’t know what the reason. But the idea was a part of me and I began writing full-length stories in the age group of 9.

Three decades later an advisory job in companies that specialize in strategy and the “Big 4 ultimately led me to start my own consulting firm that assists the top executives and their teams to improve their executive effectiveness as well as the performance of their organizations.

Writing, however, was never stopped. I had four business-related books published with the top-selling book “Big Change,” which was the winner of Business Management Book of the Year– though my interest in writing fiction was never in decline.

In reality, the thought of writing a novel would always draw me to reading more wide and pursuing new fields, in addition to the daily demands of demanding CEO clients.

In the end, after a long work of writing and editing, I finished not the novel I had hoped to publish however, but the trilogy. It’s called the Dream Murderer Cycle, a post-apocalyptic science fiction published in the last few days, has now been published.

Many of my friends, and not even a few customers, have asked whether writing fiction wasn’t distracting from running an enterprise. It made me think. To me, working on a project that’s an obsession and an escape from the world of work is extremely valuable.

The same applies to all executives, but especially CEOs. The evidence is there in the form of solid research in psychology to prove this. Two factors appear to be the cause of an important difference:

  • Intellectual curiosity over a wide array of other things than business
  • A passion for running that leads you to other areas.

We are aware that curiosity about the world and an openness to new experiences are traits of personality that make individuals more open to a variety of both internal and external (mental) source of data.

Executives who are not able to meet the personal aspect of openness are not able to fully benefit from the concepts, ideas and ideas that are that are available to their intellectual ability. Simply put, being intelligent and being a powerful executive will only take you so far.

Naturally strong in other aspects of personality like diligence and striving, is also important however by themselves, they’re similar to a sports car that is that is not tuned properly and performs poorly. When I look at my personal profiles of CEOs in particular their personality characteristics are often striking and contribute to explain why certain executives fall short of their personal requirements and standards.

I’m sure you’ll be able to argue that the most effective idea-generation and the receptivity to innovation occurs in the teams under the CEO. True. However, it is generally the case that managers who are less open to new concepts, ideas, and a variety of ideas, regardless of their motivation and discipline, fail to establish the right culture and the environment required for employees to break down barriers to knowledge in innovative and revolutionary ways.

The best part is that you are able to change your behavior to increase the number of sources for information and increase your openness to new concepts, values, or even experience.

Certain executives are aware of this, but prefer presentations or expert advice within their company or industry area. They think they are the two for distinct. However, it is an excellent starting point.

I typically recommend to my clients to expand the sources available to them for emotional and intellectual stimulation. Sometimes, this is as simple as accepting the right to look for perspectives and views that are odd or unusual, but that’s not the idea: break the traditional rules of career advancement.

This approach, however it’s not enough to change the fact that the role of an executive is outdated, leading to limited thinking, restricted decisions and a cautious mindset throughout the company.

This is why it’s crucial to get away from business and discover a love for other pursuits entirely: music, theatre sailing, art or whatever activity that alters your focus and encapsulates it fully.

Take a look at Elon Musk’s desire to discover space, and how it’s evolved to a business. Certain CEOs view this in a positive way by reviving and refreshing their business.

Do you think this is too much time-consuming for executives with companies to manage and committee documents to review and a myriad of challenges to face within the organization? It certainly seems.

However, when I’ve done time analysis of executives’ diary generally, I have found that (a) they are not conscious of the ways in which they use their time; (b) the way their priorities and their time spending are in sync as well as (c) how to make room in their diaries to allow for greater productivity.

They are often too focused on operational concerns (the most urgent, frequently happening problems) and ignore strategic thinking (frequently reduced to about two percent in their work time).

Making time management simple; maintaining discipline to maintain it isn’t.

But knowing the flow of your time and how you can manage it is an essential skill for managers. It is an excellent chance to dedicate time to an interest-based project instead of checking emails or committee documents.

What is the significance of this? The evidence is convincing. Executives who have a wider, more expansive view of the world can see these personal and organizational advantages:

  • Making organizational challenges more clear perspective
  • A better integration of opposing interest groups and management of conflict
  • Better commitment to the decisions
  • A boost in creativity and context to innovation
  • Mutual understanding between disparate groups
  • Effective problem-solving

This is the most important aspect. Executives who have cultivated more of an open, open and open-minded outlook are better problem solvers, who are more able to ask the toughest questions and are more likely to establish the scene in their teams for better resolution-making and problem-definition.

I’ve discovered this for myself during the time I worked on my own passion, researching as well as writing my Dream Murderer trilogy.

I view corporate issues from a an broader perspective. I pose strategic questions to CEOs in ways that they’ve never previously considered, and link concepts, ideas and commercial value in new ways.

I blend the concepts of strategy, psychology and organizational development with inspiration drawn from Greek and Roman historical periods, military instruction Science fiction, predictions from science fiction and the limitless possibilities of imagination.

As with many other executives I am driven and discipline in a flurry. Combining that with my fervent interest has brought me a remarkable success.


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