What happens just before leading a team meeting at your best?

I woke this morning having facilitated my own thoughts the day before about leading a team meeting at my best where I explained in a previous article it was like leading a finely tuned orchestra, but I had not explained or even thought through myself what happens just before. Which is often the case we rarely take the time to understand our own processes which results in an inability to translate it or duplicate it. So today I am exploring:

What happen just before I lead a team meeting at my best?

One thing is that I fully understand what I am like at my best, I fully understand the resources and support I require to maintain my own performance. I understand my strengths, the stuff I love to do and I know the stuff I hate or I am not so good at doing. Which means the first thing I do is manage myself.

How many leaders are busy trying to lead others and yet they are not managing their own state. Are you at your best when you are expecting your team to perform at their best

When I am at my best I am like a Formula 1 Driver, I love working at 100 miles an hour, I love that I am part of a team that works well together, I like the attitude that their is no point wasting time in a blame culture, stuff happens so get over it, learn and move on. I am also motivated by improvement probably more so than podium.

For me it is recognising where I am in terms of my experience and knowledge in a given field and then measuring improvement. Those new to F1 are pleased to just finish the first race they are not measuring themselves just by podium but by improvement and acknowledging achievements.

Early on when I developed this metaphor I realised that if I were going to live my life like a F1 Driver then I had to also look at the other strategies they used to ensure I was always at my best.

I now work in short bursts of 6 weeks intensive work patterns, taking lap after lap and I love it, reviewing constantly how we are doing. Then the race finishes and we celebrate the learning’s from this race, plan the next one and take a short break.

It could be a long weekend or a week or two. I keep this pace going all year and then I take a break between seasons. It is not that we don’t work at all it is just a different kind of work, the pace changes, a change of scenery and it re-charges me for the season ahead. We as a family spend much of August in Holiday mode, we do more fitness, and I get more time to read, develop myself and allow the creative ideas to flow. This time away from my phone and laptop are vital to my performance. I remember the year my husband was made redundant in a knee jerk reaction I opened my diary up for everything and anything. Working when the clients wanted me to, by the end of that year I had lost my flow and energy and the first thing I did this year was block my diary out for my breaks between races and a break between seasons.

When you are working at your best your like what?

Is there anything else about …..?

What kind of ……is that ………..?

Where is ………..?

What happens just before ….?

Then what happens ?

Or try this:

When you are working at your best that’s like what?

Is there anything else about …..?

What kind of ……is that ………..?

Where is ………..?

What happens just before ….?

Then what happens ?

You can either ask yourself the questions and write down your response and notice what ever you notice. Which words or metaphors stand out, become curious about them and ask yourself the other questions. Or you can record the questions, play them and pause to answer. Please do let us know how you get on.

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Thank you for listening

Sheryl

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