Between the parallels
I started my day with an exercise that I learned a few years back in my NLP training. It is all about self-talk and consciously choosing who you are going to be that day. I am not sure if it is the lack of sugar in my body, or that I have found myself in a bit of a trough but I was still struggling with motivation. However, ‘mind over matter’ needs to be applied if I am going to power through this! After sketching out my day, I decided on the attitude that I would apply before I set out. This is something that I have discussed with many leaders over the years; to constantly remind ourselves that when it comes to staff engagement we play an active role in the creation of the culture in which we live. I am not saying that we have to come into the building doing cartwheels and back flips, but resilience, strength and focus need to be demonstrated to gain continued buy-in. With every transformation programme there will always be assassins waiting in the wings, just hoping for an opportunity to prove that this will not work for the long term. Hence if life is a stage, then perseverance has never been more important than at this point of the process.