Magic in the Room #27: Keep, Stop, Start

As old routines and ways of conducting business have been turned upside-down in this turbulent COVID-19 world, it is time to take inventory of how we spend our time and energy. In this episode, Luke, Chris, and Hannah demonstrate in real-time ways to take inventory – and it starts with managing our energy so the relationships and activities that deserve our full attention and presence can thrive and flourish.

The team has previously discussed inventory on the podcast, but in today’s episode, the hosts talk about their personal inventories. They also share their different processes around what they call, “Keep, stop, start.” For example, have you ever stopped a form of unproductive behavior or process and started something new? And if you did, what were the outcomes of that?

 

Chris shares how the arrival of COVID gave him time to self-reflect and explore his organic process. In workshops, they begin by asking, where am I challenged? Or What behaviors are limiting my performance? The answers to these questions help you stop what has a negative effect and go to that next level by starting something new.

 

However, it’s not all about you. Chris also highlights how one of the few good things to come from the global pandemic is prioritizing team members’ health and finding creative ways to connect regularly. It has also removed our anchor to the old way of doing things. COVID has enabled everyone to examine what they should keep, stop, and start doing to bounce back as individuals, a team, and a business.

 

Understanding what is generating energy and what is draining us will help unlock a higher level of reflection. But it’s not just about processing what just happened or where you fell down on your journey. Rather than celebrate our wins, many often simply move on. However, acknowledging and learning from the practice that led to that win will help you repeat it again and again.

 

For Chris, if you are going to be an effective leader, you have to journal. It’s non-negotiable. Luke explains why learning only occurs when combined with reflection and believes that forced reflection is probably the most powerful tool in the leadership development toolbox. When journaling every day, it’s looking back at the entries that will help you see the themes of where you were operating at your best and where there was misalignment. Only then can you learn and adjust accordingly.

 

These are just a few reasons why Hannah has become intentional with her daily journaling. By looking back at the previous day, week, or month, Hannah can determine where she should invest her energy for the week ahead to enable her to deliver the highest level of outcome and impact. These insights also help Hannah tie it back to her purpose.

 

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