Have you ever wondered what actually creates sustainable change?
I am not referring just to sustainable organizational change. I am referring to sustainable change in general. Yes, in life too.
How can you change the things that hurt you or don’t work for you?
How can you do things better? Become better?
At the events that I speak at, I have attendees share one thing they pledge to change in their lives.
I teach them a super simple, super granular, science-based way to do that.
And they apply.
This is exactly what Chris did.
He pledge to be more patient with his kids.
Fun fact- Chris is also the leader of thousands of employees.
Chris saw an immediate connection between his leadership and his parenthood.
Would you agree?
Here’s how you create sustainable change for both: 👇
- Take a Deep Breath
To improve patience with his kids, Chris decided that when his children do something that makes him angry, he will take a deep breath and come back to it with a clearer mind.
Anger and other emotions can take over our decision-making process – completely overtaking the rational part of our minds and making us impulsive. That’s why taking a deep breath will allow Chris to decrease some of those emotions, and make a more rational decision.
For leaders, I teach the 20-minute rule. This allows us time to cool down, release some of our emotions, and return to the situation with a more rational outlook.
- Pick your battles
As a parent, there are so many little situations throughout the day that can get you worked up. In order not to go crazy, you must learn to pick your battles.
The same applies to leaders.
Leaders must learn to prioritize the things that are most important for them and their company. And then delegate the rest.
The alternative is a leader who micromanagers every little aspect of their company. This will usually lead to burnout and lack of engagement. Focus on the things that matter the most, empower your people, be patient and mindful as a leader in every aspect of your life.