You’ve probably thrown most of your plans from January 2020 out the window. I’m afraid it’s time to throw out one more – your development plan – and here’s why…
At the virtual Association for Coaching conference at the end of June, I heard bestselling author and coach Jay Shetty talk about the Vision of the Post-COVID 19 Workplace he suggested that:
“You can’t predict the challenges of your work or industry in the future
because there’s so much uncertainty.
But there are common skills that will enable you to thrive –
they are emotional intelligence; creativity & innovation; adaptability & flexibility; and resilience”.
So, why should you replace your current development plan with these tools?
We’re going to focus on two key tools this time and two in my next email. Here’s my view on why investing time in these tools is right for right now.
Tool 1: Emotional intelligence
I can already feel some of you clenching on this one… I’m not necessarily talking about deep, emotional conversations here. And I’m definitely not talking about virtually or actually trying to hug your colleagues (my HR pro best friend is already texting me ‘POLICY’ at the mere suggestion!). Emotional intelligence it just about being more aware of yourself and others…it doesn’t come with a side order of new age healing days, it’s a core skill for leadership.
That’s nice Nic, but of the many things on my to do list – why would this tool even make an appearance?
Well, even if colleagues haven’t been through the trauma of losing loved ones to this pandemic, they will know people who have. They will have seen their lives change and they will have seen their families make compromises on finance, lifestyle, education and fun. Their career plans and retirement plans may have fundamentally changed.
Sensitivity to this will be key to keeping people well and working, as well as unlocking their potential.
So, what can you try?
Put simply - take some time to understand how you’re coming across to others and how they seem to you – and what needs to be done about it. Easy, yes?
Tool 2: Creativity and innovation
It’s all a bit messy at the moment. You’re facing new problems and having to find new solutions. If you’re going to shine through this, you have to either:
Pulling out last year’s sales strategy and changing the date (and target) just won’t cut it. Don’t tell me that’s not what you do – I’ve seen some of them!
That’s great, but what if I don’t want to unlock my inner Hockney or get seriously into The Great Pottery Throwdown (and no I’ve not seen it)?
You could try…
“You want your physical and social surroundings to change.
If it’s the same old stuff on the walls and your desk –
and the same people you’re talking to – that’s not good for creativity.”
Robert Epstein senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioural Research and Technology
In summary, difference helps you think differently so it’s worth embracing. Who knows where it could take you?
So, is it emotional intelligence or creativity and innovation that you’re you going to add to your toolkit for 2020 and why? It will be a worthwhile investment for your future, and I can’t wait to hear what you’ve achieved with it.