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Monday, January 4, 2016

Clean up your Leadership Dust

We live in a society where faster is better. Fast technology, fast vehicles, immediate responses and doing more with less is the name of the game.
What's are the results? We see it them daily: quick tempers, quick responses, racing thoughts and the unending pressure to keep up.
What if we slowed down?
During a recent call with an executive coaching client, she was racing. She was focused on far too much – her team, recent employee turnover, her executive peers, communication challenges and more. The conversation was fast and head my head spinning. She was taking short breaths between statements, focusing on problems, the need to force solutions and to work harder to fix it.
The pace we keep impacts our company and our team. Just like the Peanuts character Pig Pen has his dust ball that follows him, leaders carry their own dust ball. The color, size and feel of it changes based on our pace, our focus and our level of self care.
To change this client’s “dust ball,” an immediate break was in order. Not only was that break needed to reset her vibe and mental well being, but also to (finally) embrace her long term leadership strategy. She decided she'd had enough of repeating these patterns, not addressing the issues that plagued her business. 
How are you leading? What is your leadership dust?
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