I share "Short Notes" to encourage leaders in the daily back and forth of work, leadership and life. I also comment on additional resources that have been added to this website.
There is no regimented schedule. When I have a thought I feel might be encouraging, or have read something worthy of a moment of your deeper reflection, I'll pass it along.
I've now completed 24 pages, as I continue to put "52 Solutions for Those Who Need a 25 Hour Day" on my website. These are basic productivity skills. Every top leader keeps working on the basics.
Some recent additions:
Reject Busyness as a Bragging Point
Avoid Using the Word Should
Give Yourself Time to Think
Don't Manage Your Image for Others
I've been reflecting this morning on the resilience required, and shown, by my clients in healthcare.
The Covid pandemic was an excruciating time in so many ways. Yet, these men and women led their teams with compassion, candor, and perseverance through it all.
It happened that I had a number of healthcare executives as clients during this time. Their daily stories and the things they were thinking through were often tough and complicated.
As I try to convey on the page I created, I feel so grateful that I could provide support by way of professional coaching for all that they were dealing with.
Many were Christian healthcare executives. We always concluded our time together in brief prayer. It was a time for drawing on divine help and strength. I'm convinced I saw it lived out before me week after week as we coached together.
One key piece of setting boundaries as a leader is learning how to say no.
You simply can't say yes to every request that is made of you. Requests often come from well meaning team members, staff, friends or others in your community.
You will never have the time to focus on the most important thing, if your attention is always diverted to other things that should not be on your plate.
This probably won't be easy for many of us. We are all about serving. But just because saying "no" won't always be easy doesn't mean we shouldn't be intentional about doing it.
Did you ever have one of those ideas you couldn't wait to get recorded. Only problem was you didn't have a piece of paper, didn't know how to dictate on your phone, or wasn't anywhere near anything you could use?
You rehearsed it over and over in your head, trying to remember the exact wording. But eventually you were distracted, and once you tried to get the idea back ... it was gone for good.
I reflect on that in "Capture Your Thoughts," the latest practice I've been able to create a page for. I also provide 5 days of self coaching to help you capture your thoughts.
From: "The 80/20 Principle," Richard Koch
On absorbing the essential content of a book ...
"When I was a raw student at Oxford, my tutor told me never to go to lectures. "Books can be read far faster," he explained. "but never read a book from cover to cover, except for pleasure. When you are working, find out what the book is saying much faster than you would by reading it through. Read the conclusion, then the introduction, then the conclusion again, then dip lightly into any interesting bits."
What he really was saying was that 80 percent of the value of a book can be found in 20 percent or fewer of its pages and absorbed in 20 percent of the time most people would take to read it through."
One thing in common for those who seem to achieve a lot of important things, is that they work on less to achieve more.
They make use of the 80 20 Rule, also known as the 80/20 Pareto Principle.
Here's the article that outlines the practice. It also contains 5 "days" of coaching to help you begin to apply the Pareto Principle to your own situation.
Here's the link: https://www.gewood.com/80-20-Pareto-Principle.html
More to come ..
A couple of days ago I sent out a short questionnaire to past and present clients.
I'm always interested to know what they felt the big leadership concerns were in 2023. And I'm very curious what they think their leadership issues will be in 2024, and what skills they might need to most call on to find solutions and take advantage of opportunities.
I'm looking forward to receiving all the feedback. Such a great group of clients!
Is executive coaching worth it? My thought - Is burnout worth it?
Is the lost work, reduced productivity, lack of contribution, and therefore reduced impact and possibly consideration for promotion, worth it?
Is the stress worth it? Is the continued mental exhaustion, and lack of clarity and momentum worth it? Is the strain on your spouse and family worth it?
Yes. Executive coaching can make the difference. Beat burnout.
I just received my approval letter from the International Coaching Federation for the renewal of my Professional Certified Coach designation. Always a great day.
Dear ICF PCC Credential Renewal Applicant: Mr. Gary E. Wood
"Congratulations! Your credential renewal application for the designation of PCC has been examined and approved. We applaud your individual efforts to obtain a truly global credential and your strong personal commitment to the coaching profession."
There are more apparent situations and people that contribute to overload and burnout. But our own thinking is a huge contributor.
We might have hesitated (even failed) to take action to address our situation, and now we are on the edge of burnout.
Do any of these 10 reasons for delay, resonate with your own experience?