While times are not as unpredictable as they were a year ago, most industries are still in the process of a large transition. Leaders need to be equipped to guide their teams through changes and a possible return to a new way of working while still maintaining their own balance. Here are a few tips from leaders across the industry about how to stay afloat.
The best laid plans are not always seen through. You and your team need to be adaptable. Let them know it is ok to go off course if it means success and health of the company and the team in the long run. Many people may feel overwhelmed or under-prepared for a drastic shift in a strategic plan, so be prepared to encourage and put confidence in a team if plans have to change.
This period has shown us that we cannot control everything. We cannot put out every fire. This can feel overwhelming and end up making you less productive. Start each day with a priority list and even include easy items like “check your email” or “drink water”. Checking something off, no matter how small, can build confidence and help you be more organized.
We do not know what the next few months look like. It is important when staying positive and mindful, that you enter conversations with a heavy dose of honesty. There is no problem in saying “I don’t know,” “Let me ask,” or “We will see.” Just be sure to follow up on those promises, close the loop and make your staff feel informed.
Doctors, people in your life, and leadership coaches will all say the same thing. The best thing you can do for yourself is sleep. Remind your staff to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Respect their boundaries in terms of time. Not only does sleep improve your mindset, but it can improve your overall health.
Madrid suggested her team take time out of their day to decompress and take care of their body. She said it was important they knew to make themselves a priority and to start the day with intention. Madrid said that the time she spends in nature each morning helps her work day feel more organized and helps herself feel more refreshed and ready to take on the day. She said that leaders should stress the importance of taking care of their bodies
Mindset is key during challenging times. Physical distancing has left many people’s moral very low. Make sure than any work from home staff are made to feel included and try to have virtual “face-to- face” meetings at least once a week. Over the next few months, everyone will have different comfort levels about in-person meetings. It is important to consider that as teams begin to discover their new way of working.
Taking a break at work can often make people feel guilty. Especially in unpredictable or high-stress times, there is an expectation that people should be working all the time. However, taking a break and letting your mind reset may make you more efficient and help your overall mood.
Information overload is real. Make sure that the sources you are passing on to your staff are trustworthy and make sure that you and your staff take a break from the news during the day. It is difficult to lead a group that is confused and has low morale, so make sure they feel empowered by information, not suffocated by it.
Madrid made sure to make herself a priority. She practiced self-care in her own home by taking walks everyday, so that she could be a prepared leader for her staff. She said that she made sure she was organizing her day so that she could be the best she could be at every moment.
There are activities people do everyday in their office or during their workday whether it be walking to your car or sitting with a morning coffee. Choosing a daily activity and using it to practice mindfulness will make it easier to form the habit. Not intentionally thinking of anything can free the mind up and help people learn what their mind and body needs at that moment.
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