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.
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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.