One of the most common refrains we hear from new leadership coaching clients is “Wow, it’s really great to be able to step back and talk about me in the context of my work and organisation. No one else ever listens to me like that, including my boss or partner." When...
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So, how’re your New Year’s resolutions going? It’s the end of the second week of January and mine, such as they were, are doing just fine. You see, I haven’t deployed them yet. Why? Well that’s a good question…
Are you resilient? Or are you just very good in protecting yourself in the face of life’s challenges and setbacks? To be a leader others choose to follow, you need to know the difference. Moreover you need to stop investing energy into self-protection. Instead invest it to build more of it. …
It’s that time of year again, when we dust off our trusty New Year’s resolutions, shine them up a bit for the year ahead, and away we go. If New Year’s resolutions were true measures of our resolve, then only a small percentage of us (4% …yes you read that right, 4%) would be considered to have any resolve at all!
But what if that is because we are doing it all wrong? Read on to discover how to start 2021 on the right foot… (Hint: finish on your left.)
Co-leading helps you run further.
It works in any context.
The key to not getting hijacked by assumptions is to use clean language and share what you are hearing and making up.
All leadership challenges fall into two buckets:
A lack of relationship.
A lack of direction.
As a leader, your role is to provide both.
Most leaders struggle with either relationship building, or with leading from a compelling vision.
Both can be mastered.
On the other side lies a loyal and creative team that weathers the storms of uncertain times and crisis.
Imagine yourself in a meeting. Someone says something that you are sure will lead to yet another failed change initiative. But the others don’t really listen to you. The thought assails you: “This project is another car crash in the making.” This thought will either have emotions wash over you and have you turn from a leader into a victim. Or you disrupt it and stay on top of your leadership game.
Your mental fitness determines which way it goes. You can build it with simple 2 minute exercises. This week’s blog shows you how to create your own mental workout.
Summer break has officially ended.
And if that’s a confusing thought for you: You are not alone!
The present might feel just a bit too much like the past six months.
Uncertainty is still everyone’s paramount experience.
All the more a reason to focus on what you can control and to choose what you are reseting into.
Self-care IS energy.
And it’s easy when life is stable and we have time.
But we constantly experience change. What then?
Change is a time crunch.
And in exceptional situations, we intuitively do the wrong thing.
How is this relevant for your team? …
Take your relationship to your smart phone:
You consciously avoid letting it’s battery run down!
When power is low, you plug it in, because if it turns itself off, it cuts you off.
Well, you and those you lead are similar. Except that lots of people find themselves in a vicious cycle as they work from home.
Which is why leaders have a duty to start the conversation about energy and resilience now.