It dawned on me working in Christchurch recently that something like the Christchurch earthquakes not only has a huge impact at the time of the event but a ripple effect thereafter. When the event becomes a series of events over a long period of time, the impact is deeper and lasts much longer that you would ever imagine.
One of the key positives that has come from this horrifying series of events has been something that has become apparent in working with a team of senior managers in Christchurch. One of the key differences we notice working with them a year down the track is how quickly they cut to the chase to focus and act on the ‘important’ factors.
We often see dysfunction within senior teams where individuals become so consumed with their own team’s issues that they focus on the small irritations of the senior team rather than looking at the bigger picture of how they can support each other as the leaders of the organisation to achieve a wider outcome.
Rather than get consumed with the unimportant, we encourage teams and individuals to take more of a “don’t sweat the small stuff” attitude and focus on what really is important for the team and the wider organisation.
In many cases it takes a big ‘event’ (happening either personally to you or to a community) to shift thinking away from the daily grind to a more holistic view of why do we do what we do and what is the outcome we want to achieve.
However, in the absence of a ‘big event’ for you at this time, there is no harm in checking in to see if you can still apply these principles to help you focus on what’s most important.
Take a moment now to reflect on where your focus is at this time. If you find you currently have a lot of ‘stuff’ you are sweating, here is a process to help shift your focus and prioritise: