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How to respect and understand your own values

imageDo you go to bed at night and feel restless?

For me that restlessness is always due to an event that has tested my values or something I did not handle well.  Either of the above forces me to evaluate my behaviour and what I could do differently. When you are sure of your values the reason becomes clear.  I have always treated others the way I would like to be myself, no matter how difficult the circumstance are, when I compromise this value, my sleep is disturbed as I think over what I did and reflect on what I should have done, what I do to fix.

Do you sleep well?

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Importance of taking time off for your team to develop

Never underestimate the importance of being away from the business, to allow your team to grow. Having a 2nd in command(2IC) who represents you when you are away or unable to attend meetings is critical for team development. It also gives a different perspective, which will develop you as a leader.

Succession planning is all about finding opportunities for your talent to lead, so taking leave and secondments can give that all important opportunity to your team to step up.

Why is it important?

  1. The team will thrive as they see opportunity for growth. It also shows trust in their ability to step up
  2. Great learning opportunity for them and you. One of the most challenging times was when I was seconded into another role for 6 months and my 2 IC was dealing with a restructure. My natural reaction is a “rescuer” this is not helpful for your team member. https://thewisemangroup.com/books/multipliers/ I was coached by my boss to stand back and let him navigate on his own. Its hard to watch someone really struggle, but it taught me so much and it was one of the greatest lessons for them as well.
  1. Team takes on more responsibilities as the workload spreads to support the acting manager. One of the team members took on the forecasting from the 2IC and others took on other responsibilities, stretching the whole team, but at the same time making them work even more collaboratively together.
  2. When I returned to my role, my team was functioning even better than when I left it, and it meant that I had more time to support my peers and boss.

Regular breaks and secondments, lead to a healthier life, but the benefits to your team are far greater than you would ever believe. Take a break!

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Help your team realise their dreams

There is a lot of discussion on finding work in what you love doing, is it a good thing or not?

I have had the privilege of working with Jane Ron and John (names changed) all had a passion and it was not what they were doing as a job.

John was a cloud specialist and well regarded by his peers and customers. Every hour outside work was spent filming and editing music videos. When I had my 1;1 s I would ask him how the videos were going and his eyes would light up. One day I said to him, I don’t want to lose you, but I sense you are not fulfilled by your role. John said I would love to make the filming and editing full time, but I am scared of giving up my job.  I said what if you could work 3-4 days a week and spend a day on your filming. John was over the moon, this would be perfect, I can see if this works out for me, whilst working in my role.  Within a month John was working 1-2 days a week on his filming business and 6 months late he was full time, doing what he loved.

As a leader there are many lessons here:

  • helping people realise their dreams is leadership
  • this is a true test of Trust between you and your team member, especially if it is not aligned to what they are doing today
  • other employees are inspired by the leadership as it is focused at the heart of any business the people
  • transitioning is easier to manage than someone resigning, you can plan and ensure the transition is seamless.

A few years later Jane worked in one of the sales teams I led and was a Environmentalist to the core. She was in a sales role and successful, but it was not wanted she really wanted to be doing.  In a mentoring session I asked her to bring some of her passions to the role IE getting everyone on board with recyclable coffee cups. She did many side projects but it was not enough to change how she felt. I encouraged to look at a number of organisations where her passion would be fulfilled and introduced her to people I knew in the field. She finally landed her dream job.  I lost a great sales person, but helped someone pursue their passion.   When I read Jane’s post on linked I am so proud of what she achieved and feel good that I was able to assist her on the journey.

Around the same time Ron one of the Sales managers told me he had been doing sales management for over a decade and was looking to the future where he wanted a operational role in the company. I connected Ron with a mentor in Operations, where I thought they would be an excellent fit in terms of personality and temperaments.  A year later Ron secured the role he wanted in  operations. During that time we worked through Ron’s replacement. A 12 month run way is plenty of time to ensure the successor is ready.

Help your team realise their dreams

 

 

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Book Quotes: Reinventing you by Dorie Clark

Reading ‘Reinventing You’ by Dorie Clark. Came across reinventing youa quote:When the student is ready the teacher will appear. What a thought provoking statement? Through out our lives we never stop learning.

Reinventing You

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Leadership: Live outside your comfort zone

To live outside your comfort zone you need to be taking part in move out of your comfort zonenew experiences. If you want to be a great leader you need to be someone who challenges others to stretch themselves. If you don’t live outside your comfort zone, how do inspire others? My greatest pleasure from my role today is helping others to realize their potential by challenging them to take on a new activity, develop a new skill, find courage to do something different to achieve a greater outcome for their team.

I have been meaning to join Toastmasters for over 10 years and finally started a year ago. I now speak and evaluate speeches once a month. Three weeks ago I did my first humorous speech and won best speaker. Outside of work I learned to surf at age 45, I love being out on the waves again challenging myself to do something new.

When we learn a new sport or skill or reach a new level of mindfulness, we have to be vulnerable to learn, that’s the mindset of a leader.

What are you doing to live outside your comfort zone?  How are you challenging your team to grow?

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Importance of Networking

networkingDes Miller my boss and mentor said to me when I was in my 20s if someone wants to see you, take the time to meet, you never know what opportunities will arise. Today I have the most amazing network, from practicing this throughout my 30 years in business I have been open to more opportunities, met some great mentors as well as helped so many. When I say help, connected people, found roles for people, the list goes on. The most frequent reason for people to meet me at present, is about having a coach. Happy to share my journey. What goes around comes around?  It is never too early to start on this journey.
How good is your network? Do you help others connect?
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Why do you need a Business Coach?

business coachAbout 9 years ago, the business I was running was up for sale. After three start-ups in over 20 years, I was ready for a different challenge, that challenge was Corporate. Realizing my skills were limited in Corporate, I decided to find a business coach, who had been successful in a Corporate to prepare me for the change.

I knew no one who had a coach and no one in a senior level in a corporate, so I went on to Linked-in and found three coaches in Sydney. Interviewed all three and selected the person who asked me the most challenging questions, and made me feel a little uneasy. I knew this was what I needed if I was going to develop skills for corporate leadership.

My mentors had been great and really helped me develop, but I was ready for something a little more challenging. I engaged Phil Crenigan to help me with my journey. He has worked with me through many different phases over the last 4 year including; preparing to move from entrepreneurial business to corporate, career planning, building high performance teams, developing executive skills, networking and much more.

My progress has accelerated and the biggest benefit from my whole journey with Phil, is that he has taught me to be a better coach.

Mentors remain important, but if you truly want to accelerate your career a business coach is a must.