We’re in August. That time of year when an unspoken hiatus occurs.
Many people take their vacations.
It’s time for family, friends, connection, good weather (hopefully), travel and on a professional level, the summer often creates space for a brief pause.
The business owners and leaders we work with often find themselves in a period of unplanned reflection, as they have a long overdue window of opportunity to catch their breath a little.
Suddenly all of the challenges and struggles they’ve been facing start to bubble to the surface for review, as they consider:
🚨What’s been draining their energy ?
🚨What they’ve found challenging ?
🚨What’s working and what isn’t ?
🚨What’s been keeping them up at night ?
The reality of running a business and all of the pressure this creates, starts to set in.
They’re able to acknowledge how hard running a business is and that being responsible for people is challenging.
They finally admit that being accountable for everything and ensuring the survival of their business, is both stressful and exhausting.
This brief period of reflection also brings to the fore the more personal challenges that many leaders are facing today.
🔥 They don’t have time to focus on other areas of their life
🔥 They’re productive, but not efficient with their time.
🔥 They don’t feel they can be themselves and be a leader.
🔥 They have so much on their plate that they can’t think clearly.
🔥 They sometimes feel like an imposter.
🔥 They don’t know how to be effective in their role and be in touch with their emotional needs.
🔥 They don’t feel like they can create new habits, or find the space to be as healthy as they’d like.
🔥 They don’t feel like they can find balance.
The never-ending treadmill they’ve found themselves on, keeps them running and always trying to keep up, but never feeling like they’re winning the race.
The intensity of these realisations can be strong and uncomfortable.
Often these insights trigger a deep desire to make changes, to create new habits and implement new processes and systems.
To really make a change that will have a positive impact not just for them, but also for their business and their teams.
Many of the business owners and leaders we work with have clarity on what needs to change and truly want to create new habits.
They know WHAT they want to create, but they struggle to see HOW they can really do things differently longterm.
They struggle to see how they might be preventing their own success.
They don’t know how to take a step back to allow others to support them with these challenges.
There’s so much to work on, they don’t really know where to start and they don’t trust that anyone would make changes as effectively as they would.
They don’t know how to get out of their own way.
And the trouble is, once September rolls around they’ll be back to playing catch up and many of the positive intentions will fall by the wayside.
That is, until the effect of these challenges is having a big enough impact on them or their business, that it forces them to stop and adjust.
Don’t wait for a Crisis
So rather than wait until you’ve hit crisis point, how do you commit to making the valuable and necessary changes that are long overdue, whilst still keeping on top of your day to day work responsibilities?
🧱 How do you implement changes in your business when you struggle to make the room for yourself?
🧱 How do you manage the effect of change within your teams, to avoid creating uncertainty and distress?
🧱 How do you lead by example and change the culture of your business when you’re not even sure what’s going wrong?
The answer lies in how well you know yourself, how effectively you’re able to reflect on the culture that you’re creating and how important these changes really are to you.
Because as the leader and the figurehead of the business, everything starts with you.
All the challenges, all the conflict, all the business issues.
They’re ultimately yours to handle.
But not in the way you might think.
This isn’t about you doing more.
This is about harnessing your own genius so you can increase your effectiveness, efficiency and unlock your brilliance.
It’s also about knowing how to nurture those around you, so they can support you & your vision.
But you can only nurture others when you really know yourself.
That’s why we created ‘Leadership Beyond The Theory’
To create a space for leaders, C-Suite Executives and Business Owners to be together, to focus, gain valuable insights and change what’s needed.
This is a space for Leadership conversations – to share your challenges and understand what other leaders are grappling with.
To share your own experiences, gain valuable insight from others & find strategies that really work.
This is self development work, but not as you know it.
Our 12-month leadership programme isn’t an instruction guide, or a step by step process – it’s a process of insights, reflections, discussions.
We invite you to bring your dilemmas, your most difficult moments in leadership, your insights into bad leadership and to use these experiences to be better.
We’ll equip you with tools, techniques and golden nuggets that are proven to be effective and you’ll be able to use these to shift your challenges and finally make the changes you NEED to make to ensure your business success.
We’ll support you with 1-1 coaching and reflection sessions, to offer you tangible take-aways that will make you more effective, more productive and your business more profitable.
This isn’t a cookie cutter exercise or a quick fix. It’ll take work.
But it’s time to make the space that’s needed to really focus on the areas you want to improve.
It’s time to clear the murky water and give yourself the perspective you need to be a better leader.
Leadership Beyond The Theory
The next course is starting in September and spaces are limited, to ensure each person gets the most from the journey.
As we head into the last quarter of the year, take the leap and invest in yourself today.
Make this the year you brought in the new and propelled your business and yourself forwards.
For advice, support or assistance with navigating any of the challenges in this article, please feel free to email us on [email protected], or book a call with one of our consultants below to find out how HR360 can assist you and your business.