It’s an irony that the build up to Christmas can mean a build up of tension. Christmas is heralded as a time of goodwill and cheer, although it can be ‘anything but’, if we let it get the better of us.
Resilience can be defined as the bounce back factor and helps us navigate our way through the tensions. Derek Roger’s Challenge of Change programme on Resilience, works from the inside out, challenging our thinking about the pressures of everyday life.
Wake up, Controlled Attention, Detachment, Letting Go are the four simple steps to managing pressure from an individual perspective, as opposed to an organisational perspective.
With this broader appreciation for the origins of stress, and some rigour around how we can self-monitor our responses to events, we are able to approach Christmas with a perspective on what really matters: goodwill, peace of mind and gratitude towards what is happening around us, both good and not so good.
The role of a manager is a serious role, with a lot of responsibility. But does that mean the manager has to have a permanently serious demeanor? The managers of my youth seemed to be, and like many I grew up in management thinking that was how I had to be; serious of visage, demeanor and word. And with that comes a tendency to take ourselves seriously.
But does it have to be this way? In this blog we explore leadership persona with some insight from the worlds top airline.
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’ .
Being a leader takes a lot out of you. The minute you have responsibility for other people, their motivation, direction, performance etc, you have a lot demanding your attention compared to the days when you were an individual performer. Taking a senior role ramps that up even further when you have more stakeholders to pay attention to (the board, media commentators etc).
The one thing that is common is that both take significant time and energy. Many successful people begin to notice a lack of personal energy resulting in diminished performance or motivation at work. This blog explore that lack of energy and motivation
Getting better at what we do is hard, especially for those who are well along in their careers or relationships. Those years of learning, testing, observing are supposed to be finished long ago. We are professionals and mature adults and past those needy days. The idea of getting better at what you do at work and in your valued relationships is a well known need and most of what is available to you are generalized tools aimed at one-fits all kind of improvement. These types of guidance, tools and support are aimed at helping people go from beginners to essentials— not for professionals who have years of experience.
Coaching is aimed at improving the performance of people who are seasoned professionals and in mature relationships this is less common. It is also riskier: the wrong kind of guidance, tools and support can make people worse off and lose confidence.
In this blog Zeke explores the idea that Performance is an attitude