Published April 5, 2021

Juliet Funt on Regaining Energy with One Simple Question—GLS21 Faculty Spotlight

If you’ve been to The Global Leadership Summit before, you’ll very likely remember Juliet Funt, CEO and founder of WhiteSpace at Work. If you haven’t yet had the joy of hearing her practical leadership insights, you are in for a real treat.

Back by popular demand, Juliet Funt joins this year’s world-class leadership faculty for The Global Leadership Summit on August 5-6, 2021!

Juliet FuntWith thought-provoking insights and actionable tools, she has become a globally-recognized expert in helping leaders cope with the “age of overload” in which we all live and work. A warrior against reactive busyness and a force for change in organizations around the world, Funt teaches a streamlined method for personal process improvement that reduces complexity in the workplace.

Teams that incorporate a WhiteSpace mindset and skill set increase creativity and engagement, reclaim lost capacity and execute at their finest. Her clients include a number of Fortune 100 companies and span a wide array of industries, from financial services to technology and manufacturing to the military.

With her new book, A Minute to Think, coming out this August, she will deliver brand-new leadership insights with the wisdom, energy, charm and humor she’s known for. Get your GLS21 tickets today! And until then, enjoy what Juliet has to share about a powerful exercise to help you regain your energy and reconnect with your mission.

 

Regain Energy with One Simple Question

I want to teach you a powerful exercise called “laddering up”. This is a purposeful way of creating a positive daydream about your professional contribution to the world. It centers around the repeated question, “What is the best possible outcome of that?”

I’ll give you a corporate example, a personal example and a nonprofit example.

“What is the best possible outcome of that?”

Corporate: Let’s say you’re a manager of a sales team and you’re writing a new manual for a health food company.

  • Ask yourself, what’s the best possible outcome of that? We’d have a more organized sales team.
  • And what’s the best possible outcome of that? The sales team would close more deals.
  • And what’s the best possible outcome of that? Our company would grow and expand.
  • And the best possible outcome of that is more people would eat healthy, delicious food.
  • And the best outcome of that is that is people would live longer, healthier lives.

Bingo! That’s the top of the ladder! What you see at the top of the ladder is the image that will inspire you.

Personal: Let’s say I’m getting up at five in the morning to do a podcast interview about Zoom effectiveness. Am I truly inspired? I need to ladder up.

  • I need to ask, what is the best possible outcome of that? People everywhere would be on less Zoom calls every day.
  • And what is the best possible outcome of that? They would have more time for meaningful work and the workday would end earlier.
  • And what is the best possible outcome of that? They would have time for leisure and time with family.
  • And what is the best possible outcome of that? Close, connected, loving families.

Can I get up for close, connected, loving families? You bet I can.

When you bring images of best possible outcomes to your mind, they fortify and fuel your body.

Nonprofit: When we’re in a giving organization it seems like the laddering up should be obvious, but sometimes we stay in the present and forget. Let’s say you work for a water charity and you’re working on the donor page for the website.

  • You ask yourself, what is the best possible outcome of that? More donations.
  • And what is the best possible outcome of that? All of our programs would be fully funded.
  • And what is the best possible outcome of that? We would build more wells everywhere.
  • And what is the best possible outcome of that? Children drinking clear, clean, close-by water.

When you bring images of best possible outcomes to your mind, they fortify and fuel your body.

It’s like imagining your work as a feel-good movie. This exercise brings you to the last scene—the one where the music swells beneath it and you get goosebumps. If you connect with this end result, if you watch the end of that movie, I promise you it will infuse you with energy you didn’t know you had.

Be gentle. Be optimistic. Ladder up. And until then, I hope to see you very soon at The Global Leadership Summit on August 5-6, 2021!

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