Magazine article Management Today

Attitude Beats Lassitude

Magazine article Management Today

Attitude Beats Lassitude

Article excerpt

DILEMMA: I run a highly successful business with a bright future. I'm being f[hat{e}]ted by all and sundry. Life should be great, but it's not. I can't seem to get motivated to do anything any more. The nicer people are to me, the more irritated I get. What's going on? How can I get back to my old, rampantly entrepreneurial self?

ISSUES: What do you do when you've done it all, you've realised your dream and there seems to be nothing left to aim for? This is a more common situation than you might think, and not one confined to men of a certain age. 'Entrepreneurial paradise syndrome' is just as likely to strike women, or young high-tech stars.

Just as an entrepreneur's passion for the business can whip up morale when the going gets tough, a lethargic leader can kill a seemingly successful enterprise. Leaders need to lead somewhere. So, if this really is a problem and not just a bad week, finding a new direction will be key.

What is happening at work may be exacerbated by what is happening at home, creating a tougher problem. The entrepreneurial crisis may be a genuine mid-life crisis. If the kids have grown up and don't need you as much, the loss of purpose can be pronounced. …

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