Global Leadership Summit :: Dr. Henry Cloud – Downward Spiral

henry cloud

Imparting practical and effective wisdom for improving leadership skill and workplace performance, he is the author of more than 20 books, including the four-million sellingBoundaries series
His executive coaching and consulting practice works to improve the leadership capacities of CEOs and their executive teams, helping them implement culture and performance strategies
Frequent contributor to CNN and Fox News Channel
As a clinical psychologist and businessman, he built a company which operated 40 successful medical facilities across the western United States


How to Avoid Downward Spiral

  • The reality about leadership like vision-casting and other things, but then something happens, and we have to go out there and do it.
  • Leadership ultimately comes down to you doing something.
  • As leaders, you are people that take charge, and you do stuff.
  • Leaders don’t blame. They take the stewardship that God has given them, and they exert their energy in that space to lead people.
  • The hardest thing that leaders have to be in charge of is him or herself.
  • Some leaders get results and some of them don’t.
  • Some leaders who start to get results, then start to downward spiral because it becomes difficult to lead themselves.
  • How does a downward spiral of a leader happen?
  • If you haven’t experienced a downward spiral yet, just keep succeeding, because it’ll happen eventually.
  • Leaders think, feel, and behave differently from the ones who experience a downward spiral.
  • If you have a choice between people who can’t, but believe they can, and those who can, but believe they can’t, the former will win every time.
  • The biggest factor of whether you will get from here to there, is if you believe it can happen.
  • Eventually a leader will realize that they’re out of control of the circumstances around them, then they will spiral.
  • Eventually you will find yourself in a situation where you’ll be affected by something out of your control.
  • What happens to the brain when you find yourself in a situation that you can’t control?
  • The brain begins to change when you’re in a situation that you can’t control.
  • The brain changes in the ways that it interprets the things around you.
  • The brain begins to interpret this situation in a personal way.
  • Every leader does stuff that doesn’t work, but the optimists don’t let it bother them because they don’t take it personally.
  • In a situation that is out of your control, the brain begins to take it personally.
  • In a situation out of your control, the brain begins to get pervasive.
  • This is when the spiral begins to happen.
  • In a situation out of your control, the brain believes this is permanent.
  • But there is a way out of this downward spiral.
  • Science and the Bible always agree in a place called reality.
  • When you’re experiencing something negative, you eventually stop doing the things you’re able to do.
  • So we have to reverse the three P’s.
  • I have people write down the negative thoughts, then dispute it.
  • There’s a difference between your brain and your mind.
  • Your brain can send off signals that have nothing to do with reality.
  • When you begin to look at the whole picture, life changes.
  • Your life is a movie, not a scene.
  • Do something to get back in control.
  • Draw two columns: Things you can control, and things you can’t control.
  • The people who thrive create a list of things they can absolutely do, and forget about the things out of their control.
  • Everyone has control of something. Focus on that, and forget about the rest.
  • Your brain will turn into a cest pool if you focus on things out of your control.
  • Your brain runs on three things, oxygen, glucose, and relationship.
  • The opposite of bad is not good. The opposite of bad is love.
  • 1. Log and Dispute.
  • 2. Control
  • 3. Connect
  • When you’re going from here to there and you feel the spiral starting, just connect with someone and you’ll begin to change.
  • A can-do attitude is something that will give you confidence. Find a way!
  • God wants you to have a ‘find a way’ attitude!

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