I received a message this week from a client I worked with two years ago. It was a note saying thank you. They had an important presentation coming up and used their learning from our programme to help them prepare. They wanted me to know how that experience was still having an impact for them and that they remain grateful. As you might expect, this made me smile and gave me an amazing feeling. It also got me wondering about the forgotten craft of a ‘thank you’.
During television coverage of the build up to England’s World Cup semi-final match, I caught a tribute to the late Sir Bobby Robson. There was a touching moment when the cameras returned to the studio where both Gary Linker and Alan Shearer, both managed during their careers by Sir Bobby, were clearly emotional. Lineker even wiping a tear from his eye. It was another reminder of the power of his legacy in the hearts and minds of those he worked with. Hearing the principles of a legend inspires this week's leadership article.
At this time of year conversations with clients often include the topic of our annual holiday and the chance to ‘recharge our batteries’. With our ever-increasing workloads and demands on our time, it has never been more important to look after ourselves and our energy. By doing so we can be at our best for those people and things that need us most. But what about the other 50-weeks of the year? Here are 5 energy-boosting habits to stay at your best for longer, for the rest of the year.
Regular readers of my articles will know I often write about leadership lessons inspired by everyday events. These events are not always colossal gestures however they can be applied to almost every business I have worked with. Today’s article is no exception and is inspired by my train guard and her butterfly-shaped ticket-punch.
Was it Theodore Roosevelt who said “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”? Whether it was him who spoke these words or not is a subject that’s been widely debated. Regardless, the sentiment behind the quote resonates with many people. When we work for a leader who we know genuinely cares about us it makes a difference. In a leadership role our primary responsibility is to serve and strengthen those in our charge so that they can perform at their best and achieve their business goals. But can we look after people too much?