Heavy lifters are in the middle of everything, and if you are in the middle of everything, you are not managing the few things that only you can do.
You must first help yourself, as instructed by the airlines, before you can help anyone else. When you are part of a leadership team, it is critical that you and your executive team members decide how you are going to help yourselves before you jump in to help others. Executives are confronted from day one with a multitude of problems to solve and opportunities to address. Everyone wants something from senior leaders; this is where many executive teams make the mistake of jumping into their company’s business issues too deeply at the beginning of their team’s evolution.
You and your team deserve to get more “return on reflection” (RoR), because weak team reflection leads to minimal or no learning which leads to little or no changes for the New Year. Everyone in the team holds an important part of your “reflection puzzle”. Put the puzzle together and you create maximum return on reflection.
Laughter is good medicine. It reminds us to live (and laugh) in the present moment, not to take life too seriously and that work can sometimes feel like play. Make laughing matter in your organization or support someone who does.
A routine or rut resembles a dark room. You want to get out but you don’t know where the door is. If you could only find the door, you could get out of the dark room and disrupt the de-energizing routine that you are in.
If people are only showing their best side and real discussions are being replaced with business updates from the team members, the team is missing “soft space opportunities”.