Professional Injuries & Rehab
Dear leaders, I trust you had a good weekend.
Something that came up in a recent mentoring session was being conditioned by a previous experience and it having a lasting impact on their career.
I for one know I have many battle wounds and mental scars from previous workplaces and I am open to telling many of these to help to share and show we all have them and let them know being vulnerable is part of the process with us.
Something many managers forget is the professional injuries our team members suffer or have suffered at previous companies or under previous management.
Truth be told some might be impacted by our management styles today.
Yes, being busy is a part of it, an (important) however, not being close enough to the team and choosing to be a coach or mentor vs not having to be specific people’s manager is not taught and rarely discussed in management books or courses.
Like athletes, injuries take a tremendous toll on us, physically and mentally and are often triggered by repeat events or similar results from a similar approach.
This is one of the reasons why I recommend more coaches and mentors than managers. Coaches improve performance and recognise weakness that needs more personalised coaching. Managers rarely have the skillset for this.
We need rehab, we need to retrain and strengthen, what is different in the workplace especially large corporations, this is often left to the individual to work through, professional assistance and training is not promoted or recommended by managers or management teams.
It is the time to balance this, help your team or department members seek professional help or self start and find a coach or mentor to help work on their injuries and improve our reliance and our strength. Training budgets should be used to train and retrain.
I highly recommend updating your leadership principles to include developing your colleagues with coaching and rehab.
This week consider how you can take forward your colleague’s professional injuries or scars and look to offer a chance for them to rehabilitate. It doesn’t have to cost a huge amount of money or time but the benefit for you, your colleague and the business in a short period of time will be huge.
Have a great week and take the time to list of a couple of your own injuries and how you might rehab them. Professional 1-2-1 coaching is only an email away.
Five Important Reads To Read & Share
- Return to the office checklist – reduce the anxiety around returning to the office
- Recording mico-moments – this should be a micro moment
- Offsites to reconnect as a team – need to reconnect with your team? An off-site or on-site done well with help you win the next two quarters
- Fight, flight or freeze – changing the default reaction of teams
- Time for a co-pilot? – Is it time to revisit whether you need more support or the team needs a different pilot?