Leadership is often focused outward. You’re focused on the business strategy, the operations, the day to day, the culture, your clients, your service offerings, performance and of course your team. It can feel like you’re constantly giving to, thinking for and encouraging others leaving little time for you. Unconsciously you can become quite neglected because you’re always there for others and whilst this isn’t the intent your leadership and your mental health can be negatively impacted
Leaders often comment and a lot is written about how challenging, isolating and lonely leadership can be even if you have a team of people around you. You’re responsible for making decisions, sometimes unpopular ones, you’re often expected to have the answers, people want to...
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Here’s a challenge, find someone today who is not busy.
ticking off our to-do lists, trying to run a business or manage our career. We’re busy
hopping from meeting to meeting, trying to manage our team. We’re busy
meeting client expectations, ensuring cash flow and results are where they need to be. We’re busy
dealing with the hundreds of emails that land in our inbox each day. We’re busy
juggling our family. We’re busy
trying to maintain the relationships with our significant other. We’re busy
trying to keep fit. It’s relentless.
And it’s become really bland and boring.
Here’s a cold hard dose of reality; you’re not busier than anyone else even if you think you’re doing more hours, doing better work or struggling to juggling a family more than...
“I’m sick of being a technology orphan” said a nine year old girl to her parents.
After delivering a Busy? keynote recently, a lady approached me to let me know the point I had made about how busy is impacting our children really resonated with her. Her daughter had said the comment above and it her hit and her husband between the eyes. She didn’t quite realise how much her busyness has affected her daughter until then and now she is in the process of trying to break some very ingrained bad habits. This is a true story and a heartbreaking one.
Busy is what we are and its heavy impact is felt well beyond you and your workplace. It extends into your home and those closest to you. We are constantly telling people how busy we are. That we haven’t met a commitment...
“Action expresses priorities”
There’s a key point I make in my ‘Busy? What are you busy doing?’
workshops that really encourages people stop and think about the real meaning of their language when we tell others we’re ‘too busy’ to return a call, respond to an email, send them information, show up to a meeting on time or catch up with them. What we are really saying is they are not a priority. Harsh but true. Because it’s a simple fact – you will do what you prioritise. So it’s what you are prioritising that is the biggest issue.
In our world of constant distraction there’s so much to take our attention. Pings, dings and vibrations constantly take our focus away from what is really important. That may be from loved ones, important work or...