Knowing your people, being clear about what you are asking people to do and why, adjusting priorities and expectations to align your team, and focusing on growing and nurturing your culture have never been more important.
My experience highlights the need for agility on any team. In this example, the initial goal of summiting was changed on the fly. My family embraced the new objective and pitched in to make it happen. We trusted one another. We were steadfast in our commitments to one another.
Communicating during difficult times is challenging and the responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the leader. Before every meeting you conduct, either in person or virtual, take time to reset in advance to be your best self.
What fuels you?
This weekend I’m going back to the Adirondack mountains to hike in the high peaks. Knowing that this trip lies ahead is fueling my week. I can’t wait. What about you? Where do you draw inspiration and how do you recharge?
If you’re like me, it’s easy to fall away from things that fill you up when life gets busy. For example, I found plenty of time to hike before my kids were born. But over the past decade I just stopped. I’m sure you can relate. Recently, something shifted for me. Perhaps I was motivated by months of this pandemic and persistent uncertainty. The mountains called and I needed to go. After convincing my husband that this was a good idea, we dusted off our camping gear, loaded the kids and headed north. I was secretly hopeful this was a good decision. Would it be too much with the kids? What if it rained? We will return exhausted and regret we did it? Should I just stay home and focus on my work?
I returned feeling centered, calm and inspired. And I notice a significant difference in my attitude, perspective and creativity. It was incredibly special for me to share my love of the mountains with my kids. They did an awesome job, and impressed me with their endurance and strength.
We are all experiencing these unprecedented, challenging times. Now, more than ever, we must each take responsibility for our own wellbeing. It is so important to spend time doing the things that fill you up. You will think clearer when tackling complex decisions if you take the time to reduce your own stress and anxiety levels first.
How do you take time to reset and rejuvenate? What is calling you? Get intentional about rest and recovery so that you can bring the best version of you to the challenges that lie ahead. What commitment will you make for yourself?
Trust is an important currency, especially in times of change. It’s not too late to get serious and intentional about increasing trust in your team. Let us know if we can help.
Words really matter. It’s important to clearly articulate and share your Intent so that team members can understand where the organization is heading and contribute to its success. The Intent will also set expectations for trainings and programs that will follow,