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by Ruth Allan 10 Aug, 2017
Have you ever felt let down after organising a meeting where, of all those attendees that accepted or tentatively accepted, only a handful showed up?  Or perhaps been in a discussion where individuals were constantly being distracted on their phone.  Or maybe at home you struggle to get your kids (or other halves) to stop playing games on their latest gadget?!

We are currently in an era where technology can be as much a disabler as an enabler, disrupting our ability to communicate and connect with others effectively and efficiently.  Our email inbox has become a list of everyone else's agendas.  Indeed email is sometimes used as a means of avoiding face to face conversation, or as a way of passing responsibility for a task without even checking the recipient has received or understood the instruction.  Our homes have become surrounded with technology gadgets.  Children are growing up learning how to use devices faster than their parents.  Sometimes it's even difficult to prise our family away from their iPad or iPhone to have a simple conversation!  Taking time away from technology to relax and rejuvenate is becoming more difficult.  In the not too distant future technology or digital detox clinics will start to become the norm.

So what can we do about it?  How can we act as better leaders in the digital age from a holistic perspective, role modelling appropriate behaviour for those that we lead and mentor?  Here are three simple steps to help you do that:

Step 1 - Get in their shoes
Before you send that abrasive email, write that piece of feedback, reply to a meeting invitation that you know you won't attend, or pick up your phone to answer a call when you are in mid conversation, STOP.  Stop and ask yourself - would I be ok with that if I were on the receiving end?  Would I be ok receiving feedback by email rather than face to face?  Would I be ok if someone else interrupted me mid conversation and answered their phone?   How would I feel if someone did that to me?  How would I perceive that person if they did that to me?  Would I treat them with respect?  Sometimes it's so easy to be focused on our own self that we forget to connect with the feelings that we impart on others.  Empathise.  Get connected.  Get in their shoes.

Step 2 - Be present
If you are in a meeting, having a conversation or undertaking a task, be present for the entire time.  Remove any technology distractions that take you away from the present moment.  If you're doing a piece of work on your computer, close down your email to avoid checking it.  If you're having a conversation, put your phone face down, turn it off.  Turn the TV off.  Focus on the task in hand.  Be present with the person you're talking too.  This includes your children, your family and friends.  Time is short - make the moments count.  Be present.

Step 3 - Lead by example
If you call yourself a leader, then lead by example.  Don't become the leader that no one wants to be.  Don't become the leader that no one can rely on, that is always letting others down as they can't manage their inbox or calendar.  Lead by getting in the other persons shoes.  Lead by being fully present.  Lead by connecting with those that you are leading, whether at work or at home.   Prioritise connecting with individuals face to face.  Make time for people.  Create that distinction between work time and family time.  Know when to turn technology off.  Lead by the company values that you represent and most importantly by your own values.  Be congruent with yourself.  Never act in the capacity of do as I say, not as I do.  Be that person that people look up to.   Be the role model.

If you feel overwhelmed or saturated by technology, struggling to stay focused and would like to lift your performance and potential to the next level, register for a FREE strategy session to determine how high performance coaching can help you.
by Ruth Allan 04 Aug, 2017
We talk a lot about the importance of looking after our wellbeing - our physical and mental health.  However, in reality, how many of us are actually living by our values - practising what we are preaching, and doing this on a consistent basis?

How often do you find yourself working late or getting up early to meet key deadlines, whether at work or simply managing the family and loved ones?  Are you frequently sacrificing your weekends, missing quality time with those that you care about, finding little time to manage your own mental and physical health?

Here are three simple steps you can take to not only increase your productivity in your day, but also help you relax and recharge.

Step 1:  Own your morning!

Before you open your inbox, or any social media / news app on your phone or computer, or turn the TV on, take time to plan your day.  Yes, pen and paper and write down what you want to achieve for that day.  Think about your goals in life and what your top three priorities are for that day that will move your forward towards those goals.  This should help you remain focused throughout the day and reduce your desire to get distracted by other people's agendas and activities that don't move your forward.

Step 2: Exercise regularly

Everyone says exercise regularly and it really is so important to help you recharge.  You may also find that amazing moments of creativity happen when you get away from your daily activities and have time to reflect.  Schedule your exercise time in your diary, even if this is just a half hour walk.  By putting it in your diary you have a reminder of when you should be doing exercise and to go and DO it!  Block time out in your day to help you recharge.  Why not join a group - even if through a digital health app to help get you motivated with your friends?  Make exercise a must.  Never underestimate the power that exercise can have on your physical and mental wellbeing*.

Step 3: Get some sleep!

It is recommended that you take seven to eight hours of sleep each night.  Less than six hours of sleep per night doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke in at risk people, including those with type two diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.  "I can't sleep that much!" I hear you say, "I've got far too much to do."  Well yes you can.  Make it a must.  Get rid of those non-essential activities that you do during the day that don't move you forward and claw back some time to get to bed earlier.  Reduce or stop watching TV in the evening. Turn off electronic items ideally one hour before bed, or at least 30 minutes before bed to allow you to wind down from the digital noise in the day.  Do this consistently over the next week and you will be surprised at the increase in energy you feel.

*It is recommended that you consult with your doctor if you have any medical conditions to establish an exercise routine that is appropriate for your needs.

High performance coaching™ helps you achieve heightened and sustained levels of performance and potential in your life, so that you feel more vibrant, energised, purposeful and fulfilled.  If you feel you would benefit from high performance coaching™ to help you achieve these steps on a more consistent basis, contact us to register for a free strategy session!
by Ruth Allan 10 Aug, 2017
Have you ever felt let down after organising a meeting where, of all those attendees that accepted or tentatively accepted, only a handful showed up?  Or perhaps been in a discussion where individuals were constantly being distracted on their phone.  Or maybe at home you struggle to get your kids (or other halves) to stop playing games on their latest gadget?!

We are currently in an era where technology can be as much a disabler as an enabler, disrupting our ability to communicate and connect with others effectively and efficiently.  Our email inbox has become a list of everyone else's agendas.  Indeed email is sometimes used as a means of avoiding face to face conversation, or as a way of passing responsibility for a task without even checking the recipient has received or understood the instruction.  Our homes have become surrounded with technology gadgets.  Children are growing up learning how to use devices faster than their parents.  Sometimes it's even difficult to prise our family away from their iPad or iPhone to have a simple conversation!  Taking time away from technology to relax and rejuvenate is becoming more difficult.  In the not too distant future technology or digital detox clinics will start to become the norm.

So what can we do about it?  How can we act as better leaders in the digital age from a holistic perspective, role modelling appropriate behaviour for those that we lead and mentor?  Here are three simple steps to help you do that:

Step 1 - Get in their shoes
Before you send that abrasive email, write that piece of feedback, reply to a meeting invitation that you know you won't attend, or pick up your phone to answer a call when you are in mid conversation, STOP.  Stop and ask yourself - would I be ok with that if I were on the receiving end?  Would I be ok receiving feedback by email rather than face to face?  Would I be ok if someone else interrupted me mid conversation and answered their phone?   How would I feel if someone did that to me?  How would I perceive that person if they did that to me?  Would I treat them with respect?  Sometimes it's so easy to be focused on our own self that we forget to connect with the feelings that we impart on others.  Empathise.  Get connected.  Get in their shoes.

Step 2 - Be present
If you are in a meeting, having a conversation or undertaking a task, be present for the entire time.  Remove any technology distractions that take you away from the present moment.  If you're doing a piece of work on your computer, close down your email to avoid checking it.  If you're having a conversation, put your phone face down, turn it off.  Turn the TV off.  Focus on the task in hand.  Be present with the person you're talking too.  This includes your children, your family and friends.  Time is short - make the moments count.  Be present.

Step 3 - Lead by example
If you call yourself a leader, then lead by example.  Don't become the leader that no one wants to be.  Don't become the leader that no one can rely on, that is always letting others down as they can't manage their inbox or calendar.  Lead by getting in the other persons shoes.  Lead by being fully present.  Lead by connecting with those that you are leading, whether at work or at home.   Prioritise connecting with individuals face to face.  Make time for people.  Create that distinction between work time and family time.  Know when to turn technology off.  Lead by the company values that you represent and most importantly by your own values.  Be congruent with yourself.  Never act in the capacity of do as I say, not as I do.  Be that person that people look up to.   Be the role model.

If you feel overwhelmed or saturated by technology, struggling to stay focused and would like to lift your performance and potential to the next level, register for a FREE strategy session to determine how high performance coaching can help you.
by Ruth Allan 04 Aug, 2017
We talk a lot about the importance of looking after our wellbeing - our physical and mental health.  However, in reality, how many of us are actually living by our values - practising what we are preaching, and doing this on a consistent basis?

How often do you find yourself working late or getting up early to meet key deadlines, whether at work or simply managing the family and loved ones?  Are you frequently sacrificing your weekends, missing quality time with those that you care about, finding little time to manage your own mental and physical health?

Here are three simple steps you can take to not only increase your productivity in your day, but also help you relax and recharge.

Step 1:  Own your morning!

Before you open your inbox, or any social media / news app on your phone or computer, or turn the TV on, take time to plan your day.  Yes, pen and paper and write down what you want to achieve for that day.  Think about your goals in life and what your top three priorities are for that day that will move your forward towards those goals.  This should help you remain focused throughout the day and reduce your desire to get distracted by other people's agendas and activities that don't move your forward.

Step 2: Exercise regularly

Everyone says exercise regularly and it really is so important to help you recharge.  You may also find that amazing moments of creativity happen when you get away from your daily activities and have time to reflect.  Schedule your exercise time in your diary, even if this is just a half hour walk.  By putting it in your diary you have a reminder of when you should be doing exercise and to go and DO it!  Block time out in your day to help you recharge.  Why not join a group - even if through a digital health app to help get you motivated with your friends?  Make exercise a must.  Never underestimate the power that exercise can have on your physical and mental wellbeing*.

Step 3: Get some sleep!

It is recommended that you take seven to eight hours of sleep each night.  Less than six hours of sleep per night doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke in at risk people, including those with type two diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.  "I can't sleep that much!" I hear you say, "I've got far too much to do."  Well yes you can.  Make it a must.  Get rid of those non-essential activities that you do during the day that don't move you forward and claw back some time to get to bed earlier.  Reduce or stop watching TV in the evening. Turn off electronic items ideally one hour before bed, or at least 30 minutes before bed to allow you to wind down from the digital noise in the day.  Do this consistently over the next week and you will be surprised at the increase in energy you feel.

*It is recommended that you consult with your doctor if you have any medical conditions to establish an exercise routine that is appropriate for your needs.

High performance coaching™ helps you achieve heightened and sustained levels of performance and potential in your life, so that you feel more vibrant, energised, purposeful and fulfilled.  If you feel you would benefit from high performance coaching™ to help you achieve these steps on a more consistent basis, contact us to register for a free strategy session!
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