We are all making this up as we go. Granted, we have years of experience to identify things that look like what we’ve seen before. But life is certainly not the same every time.
I love the opportunity that retros create to talk about the work and the balanced perspective of 1. Identifying ways to improve, with 2. Celebrating recent wins, big and small.
Clearing your calendar to dedicate a full day to deep work is both liberating and nerve-wracking. Liberating because you can really dig in, explore, and come up with solid plans and solutions.
Workplace trends have had a big impact on focus time. COVID-19 proved we can get work done from anywhere at anytime, but is “anywhere at anytime” the most productive way to achieve a desired outcome? I believe organizations need to dig in and explore the nuance about where and how we work.
I’ve been fortunate to work with many great leaders throughout my career. These people have inspired me, mentored me, and supported me as I’ve skinned my knees. I believe it’s my responsibility, in turn, to be a great leader for others.
We used to visualize our company-wide roadmap according to strategic priority and squad over quarters. It worked initially but created a series of challenges. Pivoting to a “Now, Next, Consider” approach delivered some immediate benefits.
Who sets the agenda for your regular one-on-one meetings, the leader or the team member? I very much believe it should be the team member; by extension, part of the leader’s job then is to be fiercely protective of that time and its purpose. It may feel awkward to adopt this format but, with time and practice, you’ll discover more about the people you work with.