Leadership: How to Free Yourself from the Cement Coat

Managing knowledge properly in your organisation or your project is an absolute necessity. It informs your strategy and your operations. It’s not about collecting data and letting it sleep in filing cabinets. It’s alive and should serve your purpose.

But how do YOU know you adapt to change?

Moving on… Managing knowledge about how YOU are adapting – or have personally adapted – to change, is crucial too. The more you are aware of your capacity to adapt, learn, be flexible, be lean, be insightful, the more you can help yourself and your organisation. The more you can support your purpose.

Do you intend to grow and amplify your team? Are you thinking about your impact? Do you intend to pass the baton to someone more experienced, and maybe carve yourself a little experimental niche somewhere new… ? Or do you intend to keep going as usual? Whatever the scenario, change will be augmented by your capacity to strip the obstacles naked. And it might be you are the biggest obstacle to change.

If you are receiving mentoring, coaching or attend training to help you move forward-  if there’s a story of transition hanging in the air –  my suggestion would be to keep a journal where you record your thoughts and feelings in all humility. In this you will collate evidence about How you have changed this year so far – or not… What you have changed – or not, and importantly Why?

Check these tips below for the practicalities.

Am I really stuck?

The first step towards genuine change is admitting you are the one who has built the glass ceiling. (Whatever the size of the building).

When you feel that the world is telling you something, you sign off the memo, you hire the guru speakers to train your people, and then you realise you, yes YOU, are the one who is stuck. Check out this instalment of the #LeanOut series by Liam Black. It’s about middle aged men and leadership.

Free yourself from the Cement Coat

In the Scandinavian series The Bridge Actress Sofia Helin plays Saga Norén, lead homicide detective in Malmö, Sweden. Saga also lives with Aspergers’ syndrome and is a survivor of a traumatic past. Interestingly, the actress says she wears a coat of stress, and rigidity, a cement coat. But when she stops acting, she becomes Sofia again, her body and soul expand. It is like a permission to be alive.

When you are consciously learning something new, especially when it relates to leadership, there needs to be an act of personal liberation, an indicator you have digested the learning and that it has found its nest within your system, before you can implement it in your setting, or roll it out with your team.

What – or who – is your cement coat? What steps does it take for you to remove it and expand whilst still contributing to make people’s world a place worth living in? This is what needs to appear in your journal.

Journal your transition

In this interview given to Cecilia Pompeï, I am giving practical advice on how to experiment in your transition phase while reflecting, and I mention the great importance of gaining the skills of weaving the story of your career.

How are you freeing yourself from the cement coat?

Share your insights, gains, achievements, losses, and ways you’ve overcome obstacles, alone or with help, by dropping me a note!

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