Guest Blog by Joanie Rufo.
I recently spent a few days in Sonoma, CA, which included some phenomenal wine tastings. On one vineyard tour, our guide mentioned a particular technique called “stressing the grape.” I’d never heard this phrase before! (Darn tourist.) His patient, brief explanation: stressed grapes produce better wines. The concept immediately grabbed me.
I’m no viticulturist (or viniculturist, as they are called when growing grapes for winemaking) but here’s my general understanding:
In sum, if you want good wine, you can’t make it too easy for the vines. Vines that have to struggle for their existence produce wines with more depth and character than their counterparts.
You know where I’m going with this.
What I love about the “stress the grape” concept is how intentional it is. There’s an intentional goal and an intentional method to get there, even though parts of that method may strike us as counterintuitive or unpleasant. Struggle for water? Poor nutrients in the soil? By all means!
The notion of creating stress on purpose sounds crazy; our workplaces are stressful enough. Yet we all know that is the hard times and challenges we have faced in life that help us form our own depth and character.
As CEOs, being committed to self-development is critical. Why?
Here are some quick tips to consider what intentional developmental stress might personally look like for you:
Joanie is a Certified Leadership Coach with 20 years of experience helping leaders increase personal and organizational effectiveness. Enabling executives to learn and to make intentional decisions in context to internal and external influences is the hallmark of her career.
Initiate helps executives uncover, isolate and address the issues that stand in the way of effective corporate, team and personal leadership. Initiate was founded in June 2007 and is led by Founder and President Joanie Rufo.
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