Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Joy in the unexpected

As a manager, you will come up against the unexpected almost every day.

How do you feel, for example, when someone says "Can I have a quick word?".

Do you get a sense of dread or uncertainty that you may not be able to deal with what might come up? Or do you love the spontaneity of the situation and find joy in supporting someone in the moment?

My first 'Joy in the Unexpected' webinar is taking place on 10th July.

The live webinar is aimed at managers who would like to have some great tools in their toolkit to deal with unexpected situations; and to those people who have managers in their team who could benefit from getting confident with the unexpected.

By signing up below, you will be added to my Joy in the Unexpected mailing list. You will receive details soon about how to join in with the webinar on 10th July; as well as occasional emails regarding future projects, more tools for your toolkit, and useful insights from me about navigating your way as a manager in these times.

In between these communications, you can keep up-to-date with what I'm up to over on LinkedIn.

I look forward to seeing you for the webinar. 

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Sunday, 17 May 2020

How to have a thriving and flourishing team in turbulent times

A small number of greenfly don't do much damage, it's once they take hold that sap is drained from the plants and they eventually succumb and then wither and die.

It's the same with negativity and blame - it may start off in small numbers but if not treated can take hold and drain all the creativity, enthusiasm and proaction out of organisations. What are you doing to spot treat occurrences of negativity and blame to stop it becoming how things are done around here? I started using gardening as a metaphor for our lives in the mid 90s and love revisiting it each year for Chelsea Flower Show. The show might have gone virtual but we can still learn much from this bountiful metaphor. If you'd like to dig a little deeper, turn over a new leaf or have a few seeds sown why not join us on Tuesday 19th May for a webinar looking at insight we can take when the beast from the east has just swept through our gardens and applying it to our working lives at the moment. I promise there will be plenty of opportunity for germination and digging over of ideas.

You'll also find more about the Landscaping Your Life process over in my LYL blog too. You can also sign up for my Landscaping Your Life ezine and newsletter here.

Friday, 8 May 2020

Dearest Patience

Dearest Patience,

Thank you for digging deep.
For holding on,
And for being there for me when I need you.

Thank you for taking a breath before reacting to my continued requests for your support.
For not giving up as you cling in hope to a belief that you will get a break soon.
And for jumping in before frustration, anger and even impatience have a chance to take the lead.

I realise unprecedented, and challenging times are stretching you thinner than ever before.
You’re on call 24\7, juggling more than one ball,
And have many more attackers than ever before.

Remember though, I will only get to the other side because of you.

In exchange, I promise never to take your calming insight for granted again,
I will listen,
And we will continue to be this awesome team.

Know that the clap on Thursday is for you too.
It’s a clap of appreciation, of awe.
And a clap of love too.

Thank you my friend.