Following in from Friday’s and Saturday’s blog, I have been doing lots of thinking about the impact that we have on others and vice versa. Whether we are gaining in from the support we get, such as with me and the Balance team, or the support we give, as I do for Buster. Today I was very slow to get going and I could see that Buster was mirroring my energy levels as he often does. As leaders, it is important to recognise how much our energy can have an impact on those around us. With employee focus groups that I have run over the years with front line staff – management is often cited as one of the top contributors to their stress and unhappiness at work. Let’s go back to Buster for a minute, as eventually, he was tired of waiting for me to get my ass in gear and started barking at the door and acting out. I think you might see the parallel I am heading towards with employees. It is not enough to just give them the right to voice their thoughts on the yearly surveys. Once heard we must activate and do something with the information. Buster is a wonderfully loyal and quite independent character when he wants to be – however he needs my commitment to ensure follow through. Funny as in addition to me giving him want he wanted I got want I needed – the drive and motivation for a fun day. So top tip to all leaders – spend more time on the shop floor and it just might surprise you as the energy and welcome you receive just might be what the doctor ordered.
Mantra: Embrace others more