This post comes from my pretty vast experience of being unbalanced and balanced, successfull and a complete failure. Sometimes at the same time. It´s a sum up of a lot of ideas and models I´ve come across based on both experience and science. Some of them both. It´s what I´ve noticed when observing the exterior behavioural cues of others and myself – and what I´ve learnt from introspection and asking others. It´s all probably bogus, but I liked the model and maybe you do too.
Learn from Einstein. Not his theories.
Whether you lead your own life, your collegues or an entire nation – it´s all about balancing the four fundamental human aspects. True leadership is always about repertoir. Accomplishment on the other hand is often about specialization. Einstein became a global inspirer because he balanced inspirational humanitarian ideas about the world with the empirical details of his scientific work. I´m sure you know someone who is an inspirer within your family or other group. It´s not about the magnitude – it´s about the qualities. And you´ve already got all these qualities within you – it´s just that you might not exercise them evenly.
Depth or width? Try both!
Unbalance creates genious and madness. And it takes more than madness to be a genious. Behaviour at the extremes of each axis are labeled psychological disorders. The further out on the edges you function, the greater plans, personal inspiration, exact details and thorough empirics you are able to perform. Risk of failure or psychological harm is best avoided by staying at the mediocre levels. And that´s OK. You don´t have to be accomplished to be a leader – you just have to be able to balance the four aspects and apply them when appropriate to the circumstances.
Planning for the future takes fantasy. Managing the here and now takes attention to details. Relating to others takes an ability to stay in the experience and experience emotions fully. Discriminating the false from the true takes a healthy dosis of skepticism. Too much imbalance on either axis inevitably strikes back – and in the direct opposite direction.
Don´t be a robot. There´s machines for that!
If you get stuck you respond to reality the same way every time automatically. You are probably not even aware that you´ve got options. Some times it works, most times it doesn´t. The only way to make things work for you if you act like a robot (those old stupid ones, not the new creepy ones) is to place yourself in a monotonous environment. Make your box small. Get strict routines and make sure they´re not interrupted. The only other way is to start stretching your comfort zone.
The last slide is a reminder that the energy gathered by your ability to concentrate is what defines the magnitude of your accomplishment (or madness). So, the information society is not necessarily working your way, as Nicholas Carr and Douglas Rushkoff points out.