Welcome to our September Community Newsletter and to Spring.
I think someone forgot to tell the bulbs in our garden that Spring happens in September, because they have been happily blooming since early August.
With all of the ongoing disruption, watching Mother Nature unfold into Spring on the farm has been nice. Nature goes at its own pace and is constantly doing work, even if a lot of it happens below the surface. One day there isn’t much and the next day (well it seems that way) something beautiful has shown up.
I think this is important for all of us to remember. In December-February we had the bushfires and COVID-19 hit. It is really easy for our brains to focus on the negative and think that this will never end. Yet a little while back we were down the coast and noticed that many of the trees burnt in the bushfires were now covered in new growth.
I like to think of disruption as a time for transformation. It is time to reflect on what is a ‘good life’ for us. We can use some of this time for shedding what no longer serves us – such as working too hard and not taking care of ourselves – and bring into our lives more of what does serve us: more consistent self-care, time to connect with loved ones and friends.
Our theme for this month (including our free webinar) is Goal Setting and Delegation. Both practices can help us stay focused on what we want to achieve, at work and at home. They can also help us achieve that transformation we may be seeking.
Three questions to ask yourself each day to help you gain momentum in achieving your goals are:
- What should I keep doing?
- What should I start doing?
- What should I stop doing?
Please share the link to our free ML Community Support Conversations with anyone who you feel might need some additional connection and care at the moment. Remember: we are all in this together.
We look forward to seeing you on the webinar.
Until then, stay safe and be magical.
The Magical Learning Team
ML Community Support Conversations
With all the ongoing disruption we wanted to offer you our support. From this month onwards we will be starting a new, free initiative, ML Community Support. This initiative is to provide further support to our ML Community.
It will be a space where you can book in and chat to one of us (either over the phone or via online platform) about any area that you need support with. This could include working from home, performance management issues, having difficult conversation, boosting your resilience, etc.
September’s sessions are available on 8 September from 12.30pm-5.30pm. To book a call with Danette or Grahame, click here.
Remember: we’re in this together – and we are here for you.
What to Consider Before Delegating
Years ago I worked with a boss whose idea of delegating tasks was to drop a folder on my desk and say: ‘This is due tomorrow.’ I bet I am not the only one who has experienced this style of delegating.
One skill that people often struggle with when they move into a supervisory role is delegating work effectively. With many people still working from home (at least part of the time), this can make delegating even more complicated. A good friend once shared that if another person can complete a task to 80% of what you can (quality, accuracy, time etc.), then you should consider delegating it to them.
Delegation may feel uncomfortable to start with (like all new skills), yet over time it will free-up time for you to spend learning new things and allow you to focus more on strategic priorities.
Some things to consider before delegating include:
- Are you ready to let go of the task? Sometimes the answer to this is ‘no’. If that is the case, save everyone time and effort by not delegating. Instead take the time to explore why you don’t want to let it go.
- Have you chosen the right person? Do they have the time, right attitude and skills to be able to do the task?
- Is now the best time to delegate the task? Do you have the time now to explain what needs to be done? There is nothing worse than setting the other person up for failure because you are rushing.
- Do you need to write instructions or take screenshots to support the person you are delegating the task to?
- Set aside time to take them through the task/process and allow them time for questions. Also, instead of asking them: ‘Does that make sense?’, ask them to take you through what they understand you need from them.
- Understand their work ‘style’, eg. how involved do they need you to be after you have handed over the task?
- Be OK if they do it their own way and still get the result you are after.
- Make time at the end of the task to seek their feedback, to see how to improve the task. Ask them: ‘What is one thing I could do next time to improve my delegation skills?
If you want to improve your delegation skills, join us on this month’s free webinar – Wednesday, 16th September at 11.45am AEST. Click here to sign up
Slowing Down to Speed Up
Recently I was talking to a friend who mentioned that some leaders in their organisation were not handling the current stressful environment so well. My friend wanted to know what they could do to help – and we imagine that many of you might be in a similar situation.
Stress is contagious – particularly if it involves leaders. Whether or not you are part of the ‘leadership team’ at work, please remember it’s really important to slow down and get calm, so that you can use your brain more effectively. Slowing down may seem counterintuitive when there’s so much to be done, but the more pressure you are under the more likely your brain will experience a threat response. When this happens, blood flow is diverted away from the thinking part of our brain to the survival part – which often leaves us unable to think as clearly as we need to.
Now more than ever, we need to look after ourselves so we can show up, both at work and at home, as the best versions of ourselves. If we want to work with our brains, we must make time for daily self-care, reflection and regular breaks – and get a good night’s sleep.
The moment you feel a bit foggy brained and stressed, take a 5-10 minute break and go for a walk. This will change your breathing (you need to breathe deeply) and bring blood flow back to the thinking part of your brain – so you can think clearly and make better decisions.
In last month’s newsletter, we shared some ideas for keeping your resilience up. The tips in that article can also help you show up as your best self, having access to all parts of your brain so you can perform better.
Interestingly, I was listening to a webinar recently (run by Singularity University) about the Future of Education. One of the presenters suggested that we should spend 70% of our time thinking and 30% of our time doing! That really is slowing down to speed up.
I love the Marshall Goldsmith quote: ‘What got you here, won’t get you there.’ In order to navigate this disruption, we need to be open to new ways of thinking and doing things. One of the best things you can do is to slow down, look after yourself and get calm. Spend a little bit of time brainstorming and then start taking action.
More than anything, what we need at work and at home is more calm. Being stressed is not going to help us get the best out of ourselves or others.
Please remember if you are struggling, reach out and seek help. Talk to your medical practitioner, many organisations provide EAP services and there are also terrific organisations such as Lifeline, Ph: 13 11 14 and Beyond Blue, Ph: 1300 22 4636.
New Learning Opportunities
THE STORIES THE NUMBERS TELL – Online Workshop
Tuesday, 8 and 15 September 2020, 9.30am – midday AEST.
Price: $1,150 (incl. GST where applicable)
Would you like to feel more confident when you read and have to explain your financial results?
This online workshop explains the stories that the numbers tell. It helps you to translate government finance into easy-to-understand, plain English so you become more confident and can apply your learnings immediately back into the workplace.
On completion of this interactive workshop, you will be able to:
- Understand the Australian Government’s Resource Management Framework and your duties under that Framework
- Understand the purpose of accounting and financial reports
- Understand common government finance and accounting terms
- Confidently interpret your financial reports
- Explain your variances
- Identify and investigate possible areas of concern
- Identify where to get additional information and support.
To further embed your learnings, following the completion of the workshop, you will receive a one-on-one coaching session with Danette to go through your specific financial reports and address any additional questions or challenges you may have.
IMPROVING PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY AND ENERGY – Online Workshop
Tuesday 29 September 2020, 9.30am – Midday AEST.
Price: $325 (incl. GST where applicable)
During these disruptive times, it is important to work on your productivity and energy, whether you are working from home or back in the workplace.
In this workshop you will learn:
- Why it is important to manage your energy if you want to achieve more
- How to improve your productivity
- What high performers focus on to achieve high performance
- Tools, techniques and models to improve your energy
- Practical strategies and tools to improve your productivity during disruption
- How to develop a Personal Action Plan.
GOAL SETTING AND DELEGATION – Free Webinar
16 September @ 11.45am-12.30pm AEST
Is everyone on the same page in your team? Have you been utilising goal setting and then empowering your team through delegation?In this 45 minute webinar, you will learn:
- Why goal setting and delegation help you and your team to achieve more
- The reasons people don’t set goals and delegate, and what it costs them
- 4 strategies to improve your goal setting and delegation skills.
Book Of The Month: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Reviewed by Grahame Gersteneberg
If you’re interested in running online webinars or workshops for your workplace, click here
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