Every morning I have a pretty usual routine (who doesn’t that first 1/2 hour? Most of us are stumbling through our kitchens pretty much on autopilot)…it always begins waking up to a yellow lab who is way too excited with anticipation for 2/3 cup of kibble, feed both 4-leggeds (the sidekick is an incredibly tolerant little sister kitty Lucy), get the coffee percolator gurgling and enjoy that time only morning offers before the day’s launch.
Because work is the most widely accepted AND expected #1 priority, what is so powerful about having a morning routine is that the other areas of your life are included in the day before you’re off to the races. I am a big believer in the importance of being mentally and physically strong…so it’s important that time for that is carved out. Morning seems to work best (and, that’s a pretty darn good opening act to your day).
Having difficult conversations is one of the hardest parts of being a leader.
It’s emotionally charged (for both parties, my stomach would be in knots too), we worry how it’s going to go (will I say the wrong thing, will they cry, or worse...get really defensive), and we sometimes sweep (and keep sweeping) it under the rug instead. The fact remains, as the leader, you have the responsibility of having these conversations, for everyone’s sake.
The Open Door Policy…that is what is expected of all leaders and managers all the time. It was the backlash to long ago when executives were always behind closed doors, never approachable, never available.
Watch here to find out:
why I believe this has become a slippery slope,
what it costs you and your team when you are available 24/7
This week I am in Lake Tahoe, and when in places as naturally beautiful and peaceful as this, it allows for some things along with the known vacation bliss. One of which is a vacation from everyday thoughts. The space, disruption of routine, and time out can be an opportunity. And sometimes, when I light this kind of fire in my own thinking, I feel compelled to light a fire under you guys. To remind you that this is not a dress rehearsal...I also want to provide you tools to help leverage your brain for success. The following is a worksheet that I use with my clients. USE THIS FOR YOURSELF! It will help become focused on next steps.
Whenever I would see one of my happy employees looking like they have had better days or were not quite themselves, I would typically give them some space, just enough. If after some time I still saw them in this state, I would always make sure to check in with them. Engaging with them here is a must. As a leader who cares about her employees, I want to know purely out of concern. Plus, if they are feeling down, having their manager not give a damn will definitely add fuel to their sad-fire. Something that you could easily put to rest by showing proper (yes, proper) concern.
Like most of us, I’m pretty much full go (full speed) all the time. But then times like these show up that demand so much more. When full go is all there is in every area: career, relationship, life, spirit. I’m in the throws of one of those times, so I thought it could be helpful for when life comes to sit on your couch for a while.
I am overwrought with thought. While I’m executing, my brain is sifting through the mental