I have a 3 year old Macbook Pro that has been giving overheating problems for a few months now. I ignored it for a while and then tried doing some problem-solving myself. I downloaded utilities to increase the fan speed of the machine to increase the cooling and got a perforated table and a cooling pad as base for the laptop. Yet, the machine’s temperature graph continues to go north. I was becoming used to keeping an eye on the temperature at most times, worried it would harm my machine. With the North Indian summer setting in, it was now becoming difficult to use the machine for even half an hour, if it was a non-AC environment. Before I took it to the service center, I finally dug one more time into Apple support communities for some self-help.
They recommended checking on open applications that were using the CPU constantly. I had never worried about that aspect because I rarely use anything beyond internet, email and MS Office applications (gross underuse of a mac I know but that’s for a separate post ☺). Yet I started the activity monitor and went through each application’s level of use. I realized that ‘powerpoint’ – an innocent application in my mind and that I kept open most times seemed a heavy guzzler. I closed the application and was amazed at the temperature drop from 84 degrees to 45 in less than a minute. It suddenly seemed quite similar to the coaching interventions I help executives with! Many a time we reach a career plateau or a dead end in finding solutions to becoming a more effective leader. We are not able to uncover any more spots for self development that come under the banner of ‘emotional intelligence’ these days. At times we achieve everything but miss something significant. In all situations, the interventions are many – A training program for skill enhancement, a friend’s shoulder for sharing the burdens or a family vacation to get away from it all for a few days and many more: everything seems to work either partially or for a short time and the core yet seems unaddressed. That’s when we need to figure out and fix what’s actually heating up our CPU. There’s nothing more exhilarating than finding the most difficult answers from within.