"Adam is an organizational psychologist at Wharton, where he has been the top-rated professor for 7 years. He is an expert in how we can find motivation and meaning, and lead more generous and creative lives. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of four books that have sold over two million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His books have been recognized as among the year’s best by Amazon, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal and been praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, and Malala Yousafzai."
I highlight this for two reasons:
His interview is worth a listen on your next few commutes (2 hours long, but just take your time)
He raises the idea of building your own Challenge Network
So, what is a Challenge Network?
It's essentially your own private advisory board, consisting not just of cheerleaders, but also people that you empower to tell you what you're not doing right.
Too often, we don't seek enough feedback. Or when we do, it's from people that want to support out business and personal initiatives.
Whether you seek input from a group like this on a regular (e.g., quarterly) basis, or on a project-by-project basis, the benefits are real.
Or if you're a CEO or executive in the energy and environment sector, you could also get this kind of "tough love, with your best intentions in mind" via our Mastermind cohorts of 10-15 people in your same position.
Remember, diamonds are not created through dozens of hugs from pink Teddy bears. Instead, they need pressure and heat.
So turn up the dial, and get real with some honest feedback.