6 Easy Ways to Pay Focused Attention
That you deserve, and so do they.
These are for you to work into your 1-2-1s, so try them on 𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲 and they will grow on you!
1. Take a couple of deep breaths and 𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 before you start.
2. Find a 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲. Hang up a Do Not Disturb sign.
3. Remove any 𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀, such as paperwork, phones or email pings.
4. Even virtually, 𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗶𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗱 to do anything else.
5. 𝗟𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸. Even if they stop, give them a mome…
Minimising the Urgent in Your Leadership
Getting to the urgent is what matters. Almost nothing should be urgent in the work a leader does. Yet so often, we are driven away from the important to what seems to be urgent.
There are three 'urgents'
- Crises - with a modest investment of time, these can be reduced to a trickle
- Other people's urgent - saying 'no' to some and 'yes' to others (who offer help), will reduce these to a minimum
- Your choices - when you do unproductive work, this is not important, so yes, you can stop
Growth or Fixed Mindset. It IS a Choice.
Much is said about the value of a Growth mindset. Each of us has a pre-disposition to Growth or Fixed to a greater or lesser extent.
Growth tends to be valuable as it allows for creativity, Emotional Intelligence and growth in performance.
But if it is not you natural character, you can develop it. And this excellent graphic is a great primer.
Give it a try. Even if you naturally have a greater disposition to Growth, there will be something for you!
Leadership isn't Fixing, but Supporting
This video says a lot about leadership.
Encouraging from the sidelines. Letting them learn and grow without criticism. Kindness can be tough, and yet is worth it for them. Moving forward together.
I love the metaphor, Victoria Toumit! Thanks for enlightening my Saturday!
The WRAP on Decision Making
Great Leaders Learn from Others - Even the Bad Stuff!
Remember, when you are leader, and your boss isn't that great (happens sometimes, right?), what an opportunity to learn what NOT to do in your leadership of your own people.
It might be uncomfortable to experience, but what a chance to learn from others.
#TheKindLeader #growth #leadership #supportive #learnfromexperince#leadershipdevelopment #TheKindLeaderProgram
Unavailable Options from Seth Godin
The What and the How of It
Even when your organisational culture is less than kind, supportive and encouraging, you can set your own standards and create your team microculture within an unsatisfactory world.
It might not be easy. It might require some careful navigation. And when you do this, you will remain in control of what you can control. Your people will be engaged, motivated and appreciate what they can control too - a valuable lesson for their future career.
You have to deliver the 'what' of results in this world s…
There's Always Change
New walking boots. I walk quite regularly, so getting new boots is a bit of a worry (keeping life in context, only a BIT of a worry).
We absorb small changes into our lives every day. At first, new boots feel a bit odd as I make sure they’ll do the job. And soon I’ll forget they’re new.
If you think about it, we absorb change all the time. Even those big changes are not so daunting, looking back.
When we take control and get perspective over changes, even those imposed on us, we feel all the bett…
The Value of Letting Go
There are things we can change or influence. There are also things we cannot.
When we spend time in the space of things we cannot change, we are either venting and showing our frustration and anger - neither of which are valuable things to waste our energies on (well, not longer than a minute or two at most!).
Or we are externalising blame for something we could do something about, but it would require us to make a significant effort to stare into something almost too challenging.
Let go of w…