Episode 22

Dorie Clark: Taking small steps in your long game

Many of us are impatient. We’re ambitious, keen to see the spoils of success, but also a little insecure, wondering if we’re going to make it or whether a friend or colleague will get there first. So we go all in, putting in the hours, risking overwork or burnout. Or we focus on what feels easy, guaranteed or glamorous in the moment.

At the same time we want to live healthier lives, more connected to our families and friends. But it doesn’t seem possible to have it all. Or does it?

Dorie Clark, the author, speaker, coach and professor, argues that we should try a different approach. How can we create enough perspective to think about the big picture? And how can we make small, consistent steps forward that make a disproportionate impact? Dorie says that we have to be being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring or hard. And she should know, given she practises what she preaches.

She shares ideas, principles and frameworks that we can apply at work and at home, as well as some fascinating stories from her own career and other professionals’ experiences. As ever, Dorie is a brilliant communicator, articulate and succinct, and a lot of fun, too.

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Further resources

Dorie Clark has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50 and was recognized as the #1 Communication Coach in the world by the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards. Clark, a consultant and keynote speaker, teaches executive education at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School and she is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Long Game, Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc. magazine.

VIEW RUNNING ORDER

03.28 Why we should play the long game.
05.12 Experimenting with a purpose.
07.28 Thinking in waves.
11.11 Managing the emotional rollercoaster of a long game.
13.26 Spotting the signals of change and acting on them.
16.57 Strategic patience.
20.16 Sustaining yourself to avoid getting burned out or bored.
24.10 Measuring Dorie’s impact and life’s contribution.
29.37 Ambitions for her life.

“We need to have a longer term perspective so that we actually march towards something, rather than just doing an endless stream of activities that doesn’t net out to anything.”

Dorie Clark, professor, coach, author and speaker

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