At Aegis, we're on the road a lot. Check out some of our favorite memories, stories, lessons learned from our time on the road through our blog series, "Tales from the Road". Some of stories may make you laugh, some might even pull on your heart strings, but most of all we hope you'll find some valuable nuggets on how you can be great leaders in your life.
Weary and Worn — two words that come to mind when I think about the state of our leaders today. As the economy still continues to try to recover, your people are trying to hold on tight to jobs, sense of security and hope. In our current economic times, it’s more important than ever to inject some energy into building your leaders’ capabilities so that they have the motivation to continue to hold on tight to navigate these rough waters.
In times like these, the productivity of your leaders is what can make or break your business. It may feel counter intuitive, but now is the time for you to search for opportunities to grow and develop your leaders. Only those who do this will have the best chance of surviving in this economy to position their companies for future growth.
Building Resilient Leadership Capabilities
Let’s face it, in our new, unsettled world, getting the most out of your people needs to be a priority for every single one of your leaders and managers. But, these types of leaders are not born, but cultivated over time. During any challenging economic time, employees turn first to their immediate supervisors for advice, support, direction and help with problem solving.
Give your leaders and managers the tools, strategies and approaches they need to drive the engagement, retention and ultimately, the productivity of their people. With our future uncertain, teach your managers how to build a safe environment that encourages open dialogue, promotes the growth of the team and its individuals, nurtures strong productive relationships, and cultivates a climate where their people can flourish.
There’s one caveat though. Your managers and leaders are scared too. They need reassurance that you have their best interest in mind and that together, you can weather this storm.
Only when they feel safe can they create the same environment for others.
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How a gutted Pillow led to a Great New Idea
It was a heads down afternoon. I blocked out time to “go dark” and work undisrupted on upgrading our Innovation workshop. I set up camp in our dining room. I had papers, notes, my tablet and laptop all sprawled out – I was ready to go.
What is that noise? Annoyed, I saved my document and got up to follow the sound.
I walk into my family room only to find our golden retriever surgically gutting a pillow. Fluff was EVERYWHERE—not sure even with CPR this pillow was going to make it. I bellow his name…BARKLEY!!! He paused glanced up with those cute puppy eyes that has saved him on numerous occasions, and gave me a look like “What’s your problem?”
At that moment I knew I had a choice. I could chastise him, or I could hold the mirror up and ask what did I do to cause this behavior? As I glanced down at my watch, I realized I had been heads down over two hours. It also dawned on me that he’d given me several warning signs – nudging my arm with his snout, coming in and sitting next to me, even hitting me with his paw.
I had to take part of the blame. He’d given me several signs that he wanted some of my attention and a bit of time. With his eyes on me, he anxiously waited to see what I was going to do next. I then spoke one of his favorite words “Tennis!” He ran to the door, leaping in circles, yelping with glee. I laced up my sneakers, grabbed the tennis racket and headed outside for 10 minutes of fetch.
As I settled back behind my laptop, I was more awake and had a great new idea percolating in my head, he curled up happily at me feet. As a bent down and rubbed his ears, it struck me, “He’s smarter than he acts (well most of the time – he’s a handful)!”.
Now more than ever, with so many of us working from home, do we ignore the signs to stop, take a break or spend some time doing something we enjoy?
In our jam-packed and uncertain world, I think it’s more important than ever to sneak in these micro moments. They are the key to our sanity, health and can hold our next great idea.