Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs spend more time testing the edges of their comfort zone than most. And that's a better place to be when you're comfortable being uncomfortable.

It's easy to label discomfort as a negative, when, in fact, it can be an opportunity to get ahead of the competition. To persevere where others give up. Like all things, it's easier with practice. It's also less intimidating if we break down a given situation to understand which parts we're struggling with. Most often, discomfort comes from uncertainties: unfamiliarity, unpredictability, perceived risks. The good news is that these are founded more on our expectations than on reality.

Hierarchy at Work

Hierarchy at Work

Hierarchy is everywhere. Take the animal kingdom: hierarchy exists within a pride of lions, a pair of birds, a waddle of penguins (yes, we had to look that one up!) and even in our closest primate: chimpanzees.

Researchers at Stanford conducted a detailed review of research on hierarchy, and found that groups where all members have equal status don't exist. They found that only minutes of observation are needed for hierarchy to be revealed, and that when forming relationships, both humans and animals begin to organise themselves into levels of status and power from their very first meeting.

So if we can't escape hierarchy, how can we harness it and use it to the benefit of our organisations?