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
Achieving ‘Flow’ in what we do can be helped by a number of different elements. Taking time to reflect on which of these works for us gives us the opportunity to replicate the effect more often.