Last night I attended a meeting, this is not a shocking revelation, read on! The meeting was run by my professional body, the HRINZ (Human Resource Institute of New Zealand), but was what we call a SIG (special interest group) for NFP's (not for profit organisations).
The session was lead by Ali McNicoll and Loretta Brown of the Coaching and Mentoring Centre (yep, a local group). They talked about Getting Beyond Busy, with a focus on getting leadership back into every day.
For me, it was a timely reminder that my new business venture isn't just about being my own boss, but as Loreatta put it, "Enabling new possibilities..." and I got excited all over again about why I made this decision.
Loretta has written a book about it that's available on their website, and it's only 41 pages, so give it a read. Here's a wee snippet:
Radical measures to enjoy life more and make a bigger difference.
People have too much to do. Most professionals cannot hand on heart, imagine continuing working this way for much longer. Something has to give. This guide is for the "normally exhausted", anyone who has reached their limit and is not willing to carry on as usual. People are creating wonderful lives beyond busy, feeling new joy and having more impact too. Here you are offered some ideas, some rousing thoughts and some stories of real people.
Getting beyond busy may be the most important work you can undertake for yourself and for your leadership. Ordinary people change the world, each day, and step by little step. You can make the difference. A title isn't needed to lead. It happens by acting on everyday things and challenging what is not working. Regaining your own life will contribute to building new ways of working for everyone.
For professional people, managers, leaders
Stop feeling alone and guilty for not managing demands.
Tell the truth about everyday work.
Escape the frenzy trap and have a bigger impact.
Get your fight back, revive your purpose and do things differently.