A wise man once said to me ‘everything is just a dream until you commit to it out loud’. He was talking about all the thoughts and ideas we have going on inside our head. The results of thinking things through. All that time spent reflecting and analysing. The ‘I really should’ thoughts. The ‘that’s what I need to do’ thoughts. The ‘I wish I could’ thoughts. His view was that we put ourselves on the hook if we said them to someone else.
I think the saying is not everything though. The key word in that is ‘commit’ .
Your Leadership Brand
Today’s leaders are becoming increasingly aware that they have a brand. As a leader, your brand equates to others’ total experience of you. You therefore have a brand, whether you like it or not.
Being at least aware of perceived inconsistencies of how the leader sees themselves relative to how others see them, can really help them to develop and grow a consistent brand and thereby retain their integrity.
Occasionally we hear executives say, ‘I don’t have time to build my brand.’ We say, as you go about your business, like it or not you are building or dismantling your brand, so make your interactions count.
Isn’t it interesting how often we hear people say, “I would love to do that, but I don’t have time”. Relating this to the leadership world, making the time in spite of many competing priorities differentiates OK leaders from great leaders and from exceptional leaders. I read a quote recently, “Time is the most important… Read more
The benefit of investing time and energy in relationships – to build our Relationship Equity – is a key element of business success.
Here are some useful tips to keep re-freshed, after the holiday trip:
Have things around us that remind us of the trip – visuals, music. My screen saver now has my favourite ‘park’ of Paris which invokes feelings of calm and relaxation.
Start noticing the things that really relax us. For me this amounted to people-watching, parks and drinking fine wine. I can to some extent repeat these activities back at home base and by the associations I’ve built up, click into a more relaxed frame of mind when I need to. How long has it been since we’ve been to our local museum?
Re-frame our thinking from ‘once the holiday is over, it’s back to reality.’ The experience of travel gives us learnings about the world and ourselves in it, which will affect our future. For example, how can we create a relaxed working environment for ourselves?
Notice and note things that impress us, so we can reflect on them when we wish to.
Spend time outside, because it is easy to get curious about what’s going on, out on the streets. Go on guided walks with skilled guides – the trips are both full of fun and education.
If we are able to build lasting positive associations between the trip away and what is happening now, we can call on those associations when we most need them, as a strategy for keeping ourselves refreshed.