As a leader, you no doubt have a multitude of issues to deal with – and what usually happens is that the crises get dealt with, but often everything else seems to drag on. Thus, it’s useful to periodically ask yourself the question – what’s stopping you from moving forward? Whether it’s streamlining an outdated work process, dealing with an ongoing interpersonal conflict, or getting that big project on your to-do list started, what is preventing you from moving forward? I have a metaphoric perspective to offer.
Is your kayak moving forward?
Here in the northern hemisphere, as the days get longer and the mercury begins to claw its way up out of the negative digits, collective minds turn to spring and upcoming warm-weather leisure activities. I am no exception as I think longingly of my favourite watersport – kayaking.
Sitting low to the water at dawn, legs outstretched, the blades of my paddle slicing through the water like a knife through butter, moving almost silently across the vast expanse of the calm harbour, the stillness broken only by the rhythmic gentle sound of the oars and an occasional call of a seabird. For me, the image evokes both serenity and triumph. Serenity because kayaking gives me time to think. And triumph because several miles of kayaking makes me feel like I’ve gotten a good workout. But the picture-perfect scene quickly shatters …. when I realize that my kayak is still tied to the dock!
What is your workplace equivalent?
Sure, laugh if you must; I did too (well, much later) when it happened to me. But I bring it up to make a very specific point. Continue reading