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What's in your Worry Box?
If you're confused or want to answer "Worry Beads" then I suspect you're like many and need a reminder or an introduction to Immunity to Change.
We all carry a Worry Box around with us; it's in our mind and it hasn't been opened for some time. When we do, it's generally to add an additional worry!
Whilst I make light of this debilitating unconscious system in our body and persona it is the perfect metaphor to create awareness to the number of worries which we have about our performance.
At a professional development session which I attended this week, Michelle Sales reconnected us with the valuable insights of Lisa Laskow Lahey and Robert Kegan from their book (their life's work), Immunity to Change. We all know that we need to change or help others in the process of change however what we don't know well enough is what prevents us changing.
During our session we created our personal 'Immunity Map' following the process which I had read about, completed 80% of a MOOC on with the authors and within minutes of this session, it finally clicked into place! (I'm not sure if I am a slow learner or it's a challenging concept!)
The map template is very simple in construction and it's the process of questions which uncover the complexity which we store away in the worry box. So, it's very effective is you take the opportunity to work through this model with an experienced coach or practitioner.
For me, I have a neat set of questions and an additional model to add to my repertoire to challenge and probe my clients when I coach, mentor and work with them and their teams. (Immunity to Change is very useful for team goals too.)
I highly recommend you explore Immunity to Change and welcome your inquiry to understand why you're still not achieving the leadership performance goal which you've set yourself or which has been set for you.
THE POWER OF BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE
To say it was awesome is an understatement. And there isn't any ego attached to this statement!
This week, together with my 'Driving Your Life' co-pilot, Cynthia Mahoney, we hosted a six month review with a group of 'drivers' who participated in our inaugural two day pit-stop workshop.
We arranged the venue, communicated the date, time and the intent: that is all we did. The crew took over and checked in with the progress they had made with the action plans they created in February. They asked questions of each other, made observations, questioned some assumptions and of course, they each went past their allocated time in the limelight.
The activity of some has been life changing and for some it was a foot on the brake and accelerator (our program is full on puns!) however what it did do was highlight the power of being held accountable. Each person knew that they had committed to change and whilst they have partners, bosses, colleagues, family and friends with whom they have associated responsibilities - it was our crew who they had held themselves accountable to (and themselves.)
Being accountable is tough. Simply doing what you say you're going to do isn't being truly accountable. During our program we identified with our values and how they drive our vision. The power of being accountable is about being you, being totally self-aware or who you are, why you're here, the journey you're on and how you behave on the journey!
In a matter of four hours, we reconnected, shared some very powerful stories and made more commitments to each other to keep the power of accountability alive.
Please connect with me if you're seeking to make some changes and looking for a group to hold you accountable. Our next pit-stop is Driving Your Life: Career & Business being held in Melbourne on 23rd & 24th of October 2014.
the final day of school holidays! “Yippee” I hear some of you whisper and yell!
I really enjoy not having crazy mornings and afternoons in my role of parent chef chauffeur. Conversely, I’m secretly rejoicing the fact that my routine is being reinstated in a couple of days!
Routine, rituals and structure keep the wheels churning in our home and my office. From birth, the kids fitted into the routine and to this day they know that 7pm is wind down time and into the bedroom! Whereas, school holidays all the routine & structures collapse!
In the office (and home), structure builds the fulfilment of expectations, routine creates the climate – the way people feel and rituals embed the culture. It’s a great equation and it’s all too evident when one or more parts are missing.
During a recent leadership workshop, I asked the group “what happens on a Friday?” What are the rituals? Everyone’s face changed shape! There was a buzz; talk of Quiz sessions, YouTube sharing, community lunches and a list of fun activities which brought their teams together, deleted the hierarchy and created harmony in the office.
There is a definite need to regularly ‘stir and shake’ the routine of the workspace however leaders must be mindful - aware of peoples’ reactions – so do what you need to do to prepare the team. If it’s a structure shift then this is more dynamic.
A team activity is advantageous to identify these three equation components: routine, ritual & structure. Being aware by observing others is vital for a leader to gain an understanding of how people behave in our times of constant change.