Best of 2023: How Widgets Connect Strategy with Execution, Don’t Delegate The Soul Of Your Organisation & The Real Reason Why We Are Tired
21 January 2024 Newsletter
“Growth for the sale of growth is the ideology of a cancer cell.” Edward Abbey
Hope you’re Thriving!
I hope your New Year is off to a good start.
Over the holiday season, I’ve collected some of my favourite articles and podcasts from the year to share with you. Kind of like a best-of from 2023.
Couple this with my recommended reading list and hopefully, there is something of real interest and value for you each week.
I’m keeping them short and sharp.
Enjoy your holidays and stay safe.
How Widgets Connect Strategy with Execution
Effective execution of strategic objectives is a common challenge faced by many leaders we work with.
A McKinsey global survey indicated that 60% of respondents thought they were not effective at translating strategic priorities into action, highlighting issues with unclear accountability, among other reasons.
Having facilitated several quarterly strategic workshops with leadership teams, most leaders seem to have a 1-year (and some of them even have a 3-year) Revenue target.
However, there is an awkward 30-second silence, followed by a lengthy debate when I ask the question: “What will be the total widgets we will have to sell to achieve that Revenue target?”
Don’t Delegate The Soul Of Your Organisation
What are the things that only you can do?
I’ve asked this question a few times of CEOs in the past few weeks when talking about delegating and how to make their potential count for the most in this world of effort.
There are things you can (and should) delegate, and this list of things should grow as you scale. Then there are things you should never delegate. Things like accountability, building culture, and setting strategy as I detailed in the book Made to Thrive.
One of the things you should never delegate is the soul of your organisation.
Marketing or communications people may help, but you should never delegate it to them.
The soul shows up on your website. It’s woven through your branding. It’s all over ideologies like values and purpose. It’s in the quality of the work you produce and the pride you and the team feel.
The soul of your organisation is what makes it authentic. And to be authentic, it’s got to have your fingerprints all over it.
The Real Reason Why We Are Tired & What To Do About It
Have you ever tried to fix your chronic lack of energy by getting more sleep, only to wake up still feeling exhausted? If that’s you, then here’s the secret – sleep and rest are not the same.
We’ve incorrectly framed sleep and rest to be the same thing, but in fact, sleep is one of the seven types of rest. The result is a culture of high achieving, high producing chronically tired, burned-out individuals. Many of us suffer from a rest deficit because we do not understand the power of rest.
Every activity that you do requires energy. And most of that energy is not merely physical.
You might get a solid amount of sleep, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will be well-rested because rest is multifaceted. There are seven types of rest that we should consider, and rest should equal restoration in one of these seven areas.
Rest #1 Physical rest
First is physical rest; activities that rest and restore the body can be done passively or actively.
How to get it – passively through sleeping and napping, and yoga and massage, which is active.
Rest #2 Mental Rest
Activities that give our brains and our minds some space. Getting some distance from thoughts and nagging problems.
How to get it – mindfulness practice and journaling
Rest #3 Sensory Rest
Getting away from the constant visual and auditory onslaught we submit ourselves to daily.
How to get it – take short breaks from screens throughout the work day. Simply closing our eyes for a few moments, the no phone in bed rule.
Rest # 4 Emotional Rest
We spend emotional energy when we are not being our truest selves.
How to get it – spend time with authentic friends, speak to someone you can be open with.
Rest #5 Creative Rest
In order to be creative, we need to give our brains space to breathe. Burnout comes from continuing to push when our brain needs a break.
How to get it – take time to walk in nature, try something new, do a puzzle or spend time enjoying the arts. Transform your workspace into a place of inspiration with art and images of places you love.
Rest #6 Social Rest
Some relationships revive us, whereas others can be exhausting. Sometimes we need to take time for ourselves or spend it with people who energise us.
How to get it – don’t be afraid to say no; spend time with people who give you energy.
Rest #7 Spiritual Rest
Nurture your spirit by connecting with your surroundings. Feel that you’re part of something bigger than yourself.
How to get it – spend time in nature, meditative breathing, mindfulness meditation.
I’ve taken quite a lot from this different perspective, and it’s framed my dealings with CEOs and leaders in a new light.
Learn more in the 9-minute TED video below by Saundra Dalton-Smith.
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