A lighthearted look at a serious issue. How do managers develop the skills they need in order to handle the pressures they face and get the best out of their people…?
“The best way to inspire people to superior performance is to convince them by everything you do and by your everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.”
‘Harold S. Geneen’
A lot of people sometimes feel trapped or stuck in a rut, not getting what they want or deserve from life, career, relationships or themselves. Unless something significant happens, they carry on… treading the same path and repeating the same actions, quite often in spite of the feeling that builds within.
Unless there is an obvious crisis, accident or serious problem most people resent being asked if they need help. So how then, as a senior leader within an organisation, can you improve without resorting to the ‘H’ word?
Imagine if you had someone who could provide inspiration, challenge, honesty and support and whose only agenda was to enable you to achieve.
One of real issues in transitioning to a new job is the underlying and more difficult process of letting go of the person you used to be in your previous role and finding the new person you need to become in your new position.
It is an irrefutable fact that the only aspect to time over which we have any influence is the use to which we put it – every time we choose to do one thing with our time, we are, by implication, choosing not to do something else.
How do you motivate yourself and your people when expectations keep changing? How can you keep delivering more and more and expect your team to do the same when it seems that whatever you do, it’s never enough?
Stress itself is neither positive nor negative. It is simply energy under force. It is how we use it that makes it limiting or empowering. When we are able to use stress to our benefit it motivates us to achieve our goals and outcomes.
Much of our competitive advantage will come from the way we operate as an individual within our world of work and in how we are as a leader of others. Making sure we pay equal attention to all aspects of our development has to be the way forward if we are to grow and flourish.
One challenge for many organisations is how best to manage and assist those members of staff who continue to perform at a level which is just about acceptable. Whilst there is no doubt such individuals do bring some value to the organisation, they also present a number of potential difficulties.