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.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

The belief that's keeping me sane

Yesterday I was paralyzed by a belief, and today I have a belief that is keeping me sane. "Everyone is doing the best they can." I don't doubt we could all do better, more and do it faster but we're not. We Are All Yes ALL Doing The Best We Can A belief that stops me spending time focusing on things that are outside my control. I trust the supermarket is doing their best. I trust Westminster is doing its best. I trust the NHS are doing their best. I trust that PPE buyers across the planet are dong their best. If I get distracted with judgement, blame and anger about things I have no control my energy plummets, my best is limited and my well-being is compromised. If I spend time gossiping and agreeing with others on things about which I have no control it's time I can't get back. If I allow them to focus on doing their best I can get on with doing my best. A best that includes constructively helping others to move from today's best to tomorrow's best. No blame about today just learning and insight applied to an ever developing best. What belief will support your best today?