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[Update] Ready, set, 2019.

“When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” - M
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[Update] Ready, set, 2019.
By Gillian Davis • Issue #38 • View online
“When I’m hungry, I eat. When I’m thirsty, I drink. When I feel like saying something, I say it.” - Madonna

Remember these newsletters? Well, they’re back!
Q4 2018 was a streeeeetch for me. I knowingly took on too much and knew that some things would move to the back burner and unfortunately these newsletters landed in that category. During my 2018/19 reflections and planning I realised how messed up that system was as writing these is a really big source of joy for me. So, after a desperately needed holiday, I’m starting 2019 off on the right track by focusing on the initiatives that give me energy.
To all my new subscribers, hello 👋 and welcome. This newsletter is meant to inspire you, get you to reflect, and help you on your leadership journey. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, I love getting questions, comments and ideas for topics that would resonate with you.
In case you don’t know we also have a podcast where I interview experts and managers to hear their lessons in leadership. If you know someone that would be a great guest, please nominate them (you can also nominate yourself)!
So, how is 2019 treating you so far? Are you coming in with a burst of energy ☄️or feeling the freeze of those winter blues 🥶? No matter how you are feeling, take the time know to start the year of right by;
  • Having a 1:1 with your line manager to get clarity on the business goals for the coming year.
  • Giving yourself and your teams clear goals and objectives for at least the next quarter.
  • Making time for a 1:1 with all of your team members to get them to start thinking about how they want to grow this year and what role you will play in making that happen.
You want to spend the energy that you have right now to lay the foundations for yourself and for your team for the next coming months. Wether you work in a scale-up, start-up or established business, we have been around this block enough to know that what we set out to do in the coming year will likely change by Q2.
As a manager you want to tread the line of giving direction to your team without getting too attached to a plan. Come in to this year with a flexible mindset and be ready for the inevitable to happen. Most businesses I work with are experiencing constant change within uncertain external environments (globally!). In these moments we tend to cling onto safety and security (what was once a known/known) but this unfortunately can make us rigid. Focus on what you know now, even if you can’t get much context and direction from your line manager (please don’t do nothing because you haven’t had top down direction yet).
Work with what you have and keep a positive mindset within your team. Celebrate the (sm)all wins, encourage your teams to come out of their shells and be a bit bold, and most importantly teach them (and yourself) how to be adaptable and flexible when the plan starts to change.
You got this.
G 🤟
This week's Leadership Playlist 🤔
Remember to enjoy the journey and smile.
🔸In this research by HBR, a whopping 75% of 100 large transformation projects failed. Why? Too much focus on strategy and execution and not enough focus on feelings! I see this IRL in all of our transformation projects, people recognise their behaviours don’t serve them but are stuck when it comes to changing it and revert back to old habits (the ol’ outputs > outcomes conundrum). Are you falling into that trap? 🤨
🔸 Meanwhile, in a bid to embrace the gig economy accountancy firm PwC is trialling a work-when-you-want scheme. Hopefully we will hear the results, the only worrying part for me is both examples used are employees on 100-hour contracts (not secure). Would be great to see flexibility and security become one and the same, vs a tradeoff.
🔸Adam Grant has rounded up his list of leadership books for 2019. Full disclosure; I have not read any of them yet but your reviews are welcomed!
🔸Heard of design thinking but not sure what to do with it? Our friends at Marvel have gone and put together an amazing Design Thinking workshop kit to get you started. This is a great exercise to experiment and trial the practices with your team.
🔸Meditation app Calm has teamed up with Uber to bring mindfulness to your ride. Any initiative that encourages us to ‘slow’ down is good in my books. Thoughts?
Final thoughts: May the energy of this cat be with you.
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Gillian Davis

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