Keeping the MD Fresh

November 4, 2009 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

How many senior leaders do you know who ‘complain’ about not having enough time, or working at evenings and weekends?  Recently I ran a team development workshop for a client, where the MD rarely complains about anything – that’s an inspiration in itself.

However, it took me by surprise when their team was concerned about the MD’s evening and weekend working, and could clearly see the risk to the business that could pose.

With a little facilitation, the team provided a number of suggestions on how to ‘keep the MD fresh’.  The MD is trialling one or two of the suggestions, and the team are monitoring the impact.

From my own experience, I am expecting to see these small changes make a big impact – on the MD’s energy levels, employee motivation, customer relations and, ultimately, sales and services levels.  When the MD sees the results of their small changes, they might be encouraged to take another small step towards their personal and business goals.

Same problem?  Try one of these ideas and see if it works for you:-

  • Learn something new – for example, join a class that starts early in the evening, so that you have to leave work on time that day
  • Have a hobby that stops you thinking about work – golf is one example, its challenges mean you won’t have time to think about anything else!
  • Commit to an evening out once a month, with your partner or a friend – not work colleagues!
  • Commit to ‘non-working hours’ and get your team, partner and friends to challenge you if you break them
  • Make sure you take some time out from working in the business – schedule some thinking time (and use it), or perhaps you need a coach

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