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 »
Posts Tagged: resilience
I want to talk about #everydaypowerlessness at work – the things which, on the surface, might simply seem annoying or frustrating and even trivial – but can, over time, erode your confidence, your self- belief and your ability to do great work.
I’ve been fired twice. Once from a seasonal job in Switzerland – for insubordination. (If you know me, that won’t surprise you at all – and in my defence, I was very young). And a year or so later for not ‘looking the part’ (my ‘just out of student life’ gear didn’t work in the hallowed… Read more »
As always I’m taking a break from writing new blogs in August to recharge my batteries (I try to practise what I preach) so over this month I will be sharing four of this year’s most popular blog posts with you. If you haven’t read them yet….here’s your chance! This week it’s: This article in The… Read more »
It saddens me that so many people with really valuable and useful things to say don’t get heard. And yet the verbose, self-aggrandising wafflers get plenty of airtime! It saddens me because when I first became a senior leader, I struggled to get my voice heard too. And when we are often brought up to… Read more »
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.
Two calls this week from clients in very different organisations who have both recently (in the last six months) taken on the leadership of new senior teams. Call number one: ‘I’ve done a Team Charter with them but it felt a bit forced and I don’t know what to do as they aren’t really getting… Read more »
This is the final posting on the topic of Team Resilience! I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the articles and big thanks to those of you that have taken the time to give your feedback on how you are using the information. In this blog series on the Six Characteristics of a Resilient Team we… Read more »
Thinking In this series on the Six Characteristics of a Resilient Team we have so far looked at the topics of common purpose, team norms, trust and candid conversations . The fourth characteristic of a resilient team is the ability to think resiliently. I wrote about thinking traps last year so I’m not going to repeat myself on that front. But I will say this. The… Read more »
Over the next couple of weeks I’m building on the topic of Team Resilience and the 6 Characteristics of Resilient Teams. Last week we introduced the topic of Trust – because in my experience a resilient team has a high level of trust for each other. It’s one of the things that keeps them resilient in tough times…. Read more »