A year ago, we discussed how to regain your energy post-pandemic in our blog. Now, many of our clients express that they’ve effectively rediscovered methods of connecting with the world; however, one theme that continues to emerge is the challenge of time. The challenge of finding, balancing, and effectively managing time remains prevalent for our clients. Time scarcity has a cost – rushed decision-making, prioritizing speed over thorough consideration, an imbalance toward transactional leadership, and even health impact – all of which can reduce both optimal solutions and leadership. Time scarcity also contributes to reduced connection, engagement, and employee burnout.[Read more…] about The Power of Time Awareness
In the early hours of dawn, I wrap my hands around a warm cup of coffee and enjoy a few peaceful minutes to myself. It is in these quiet moments that I am able to pause, and envision what I want to create in this day – and in the days to come. At the start of each year, I carve out a few days to create my visions and set my intentions for the coming year – in my work and in my relationships. On a morning like this, I feel reconnected to this ritual.
I was recently reminded that, in work and life,by the time we reach a giant milestone or accomplish something significant, we are usually already focused on the next project, phase or event. The very next day or even the next moment we are called to start the next “big thing.” Often this next task has been waiting for our attention and demands that we move fast. This quick pivot from achievement to the next project can take a toll. Not only can we miss out on fully celebrating (and appreciating, and learning) our accomplishment, but we all too often can find ourselves not taking the time to replenish our energy before tackling what lies ahead.
What is the glue that makes some teams outperform others? In addition to known factors such as technical competence, team purpose and objectives, and effective communication, successful teams have rituals. A ritual, in its most basic form, is an honored practice that is part of a community’s culture. From singing the national anthem at the start of a major sporting event, to the recitation of a pledge by students at the start of a school day, these rituals are signals of a cultural commitment that joins people together.