Steady – One Thing At A Time In Business
A lot can happen at the last
moment. Crises and exigencies can surprise us like digital ambushes from
cookies and pop-up screens. It is not that these startling events that tend to
throw us off kilter, but rather how we respond to these challenges and
distractions. Think about coping mechanisms: to adapt, to adopt, and be adept
in various situations.
Our sense of focus is best activated, when it is for one thing at a time. Those who claim to be multi-tasked alone, fail to appreciate the notion of being multi-skilled. As a manager, you can delegate if you have too many tasks that restrict your movement as a business or corporate leader. Delegate the task to those who need the challenge, so that you can be free to focus on the bigger issues. However, delegate to those who have some degree of competency and are motivated by such offerings. Never delegate because you are lazy and de-motivated! Above all, give up part of your authority but never denounce your responsibility.
To remind me of my state of equilibrium and balance, I stand one foot (stork-like) and then close my eyes. This immediately activates my sense of physical and mental balance. When you deprive yourself of vision, it allows you to consider your strengths and weaknesses.
Maintain your steadiness by being aware of your surroundings. Use your three visions: hindsight, insight, and foresight. They help us orientate about our ever-changing business conditions. To build steadiness:
1) Build loyalty into your core values
2) Be patient with others.
3) Be helpful.
4) Be calm, and calm others down.
5) Be focused on either tasks or relationships. Shift about the two.
6) Be grounded and earthed, despite distractions.
Business Leadership Lessons: How do you manage your last-minute requests? How do you smoothly shift your priorities? How do you rapidly regain your equilibrium when you are thrown off course?