Dr. Rita's Blog
Being a leader who has to rely on influencing to get things done can be exhausting.
Most of us want to have a bigger impact.
We want more time in our day.
We want to be better at influencing our peers and managers.
We want less stress.
What if I told you that sorting the Important from the urgent would give you more of all of the above?
In your head you might say “are you kidding?”
Or you might be saying, “I’ve heard of the important vs the urgent, but can it really help with all those things?”
Today I realized that it can!
I was doing a coaching call with a woman leader who is a member of my Executive Women’s Change Leadership Roundtable.
She has been working with a new tool I created this year to help make decisions about what is important and what is urgent.
She said that taking the time to think through and decide what was important helped her identify gaps that she would not have seen before.
She was able to bring up an issue in a team meeting that no one else had thought about. Because she knew it was important, she had a new confidence in influencing her peers and her manager.
By sorting out the urgent from the important, she had a clearer line of site from a better perspective.
As she was considering what was important, she found herself wondering, How do I spend my time?
Where are my opportunities to shift or navigate, especially in these times?
Like most women leaders, she prides herself on being dependable and getting things done. Which meant she was usually overfunctioning with a very full plate and significant stress.
It dawned on her that with that approach she was unintentionally setting herself up to fail!
With the support, connection and dialogue from the Executive Womens Change Leadership Roundtable, she has had the courage to be more present and actively NOT put so much pressure on herself.
She’s learning to tell the critical voice in her head, “This is the capacity I have for today and it is enough.”
Her professional and personal development now helps her shift. The work of Brene Brown is a big help, too.
She’s enjoying being more present and mindful at work, with herself and at home.
Knowing what’s important grounds her and is giving her a firm foundation to stand on.
It’s making a valuable difference that is satisfying and contributing to her next level of success.
Reach out to me to learn more about how to sort the important from the urgent. And experience the positive impact on so many levels!
Can’t wait to hear from you!
Until Next Time,
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