You may have noticed my absence from your inbox in January. The year started as a blur, but I'm back. And lately I've been sharing (some of my clients might say banging on about!) one particular idea which surfaced late last year.
Business is a team sport.
Yup. The days of being a rockstar individual contributor while leaving a veritable trail of destruction behind you (broken promises, relationships and retention issues) are no more, at least when it comes to most organizations. Which on the one hand is cause for celebration, but which may mean a change in the way we operate/show up in the workplace.
What does this mean for you? I believe it means the people piece of your work is more important than ever before.
Are you new to people leadership? Or have you been promoted to leadership without ever being supported in developing your management skills? Because spoiler alert: managing a team is generally a completely different skill set from being a strong individual contributor.
Big reveal - something new this way comes: I'm working on a group coaching program designed just for you which I'll be announcing in the next couple of months. Message me if you'd like to be first on the list to learn more!
Next month I'll be asking you to consider who's on your team. If you have a team, are you hiring? And bigger picture here, do you have the right people on your team? Please note: this doesn't apply only to managers and leaders. We all have a team at work, regardless of our titles.
A time management tip for you: Consider The Pause
A yes to this is a no to something else. Until we figure out how to clone ourselves and have a 24/7 work-only version of ourselves, we have a limited number of hours in a day, a week and a month. We can't possibly say yes to every request and still get everything already on our plates done.
This is where The Pause comes in. We know you (likely) enjoy being helpful. And some of us really struggle when it comes to saying "no" to people. That said, before you say "yes" to the next request that comes your way, take a moment - a pause, if you will.
Ask some questions. Make like your favorite parent - my sister never says yes to any teenage request right away! Gather more data before you make what might be a hasty decision.
Get curious - is the person making the request really clear on what they need? And are you clear on how much of your time this extra task may demand? And finally, is this request taking you closer to your goals/in alignment with your work, or is it simply a distraction?
If it's a quick, easy yes, then by all means say yes! If you need to think about it, let the person know you'll let them know tomorrow, or the day after. And if you can't possibly this week, just say so. As in "I don't have capacity this week - if it can keep until next week, let's talk about this again on Friday". Or even "So and so may be able to help you with this."
If you're new to people leadership, we can help - would you like to learn how coaching works and what you could expect from a bespoke one to one program?
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