Posts Tagged: overcoming overwhelm

4 ways to throw off the safety blanket of Busyness

Last week I wrote about the safety blanket of Busy-ness.   This week I want to share with you four key things to help you or your teams throw off that safety blanket! I wrote the article for Strategic HR Review a while back and thought it was worth a re-share! I do have permission… Read more »

Is Busyness your Comfort Blanket?

We all know that our best learning takes place when we are ‘outside our comfort zone’ – but not so far out that we want to run for the hills. I know my deepest and most long lasting growth has come when I’ve had to confront something I’ve been avoiding or take on a challenge… Read more »

Don’t Write Your Goals For 2019 (Yet)

I’m always tempted at this time of year to rush headlong into goal setting. But I’ve found it much more powerful to reflect on the previous year first. These questions work for me:

Are you at a career crossroad?

That’s it for another year. Your tree’s looking a bit sad and droopy (if it’s still there). Maybe you’re feeling a bit sad and droopy too. Or you’re energised and raring to go feeling shiny and sparkly about the year ahead. Or … you’ve got all these feelings going on at the same time….. you… Read more »

Ever wanted the ground to swallow you up?

The lowest, saddest points of my leadership career were when I felt completely useless – drowning in the detail and floundering like a fish in a shark-infested sea. I couldn’t hold my own; stand up for what I believed was right for our customers (because other louder voices had another agenda) and flapping and waffling… Read more »

The danger of operating in ‘Survival’ mode

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been exploring the topic of unhelpful beliefs, stories and scripts. A few people have asked me why we behave in ways or repeat patterns that actually do us no good at all – and even though we know it, we seem unable to do anything about it.

Are you working too hard?

As the holiday season is upon us I thought it worth reflecting on Bronnie Ware’s poignant book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.  The number two regret is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. It reminds us all, I think, to enjoy our precious downtime this summer – however we choose to spend it…. Read more »

What Are Your Big Rocks?

I’ve been talking to a very busy group of leaders this week on the topic of overwhelm.  It’s a big one for many of us so I thought it was worth reminding ourselves of Stephen Covey’s Big Rocks. Covey tells the story of a man who stood in front of a group of what he… Read more »

3 Ways to be more Productive

One of the things I struggled with for years was taking on too much work and feeling overwhelmed and exhausted – with all that entails. I know from my work with leaders and teams that this is a BIG challenge to pretty much everyone in corporate life. Is there an easy answer? Of course not!… Read more »

3 Ways to Raise your Team’s Energy Immediately

Last week I wrote about ‘energy vampires’ and how they can destroy our resilience.  A few of you responded with other names for these people…. Freezers, drains….. great metaphors all! I’ve written before about energy  so this week I thought I’d share my top three tips for developing more energy in team meetings.