Unblock Mental Blocks

Creativity is about getting in the Zone quickly and more frequently.

Have you ever heard this statement? “I am in the Zone!” or “I just can’t get into the zone!””I need to be in the Zone to write, create, invent!”

I love it when I hear people say: “I am in the Zone, I am in Flow!!! And I usually respond with – please go on don’t let me distract you, because i know from first hand experience how hard this is!!

As a Content Creator for either Radio, my Programmes or Books- gosh I have to be in zone to create! And I am not sure if i am the only one who struggles to get into that ZONE, usually my desk is not the way i need it, or my closet needs a makeover, or I need a vacation or something! I found that the moment I am supposed to get into that creative Zone – I am usually Zoned out! Procrastination sets in and i am left with a few days before I get what i need done.

Now there is reason why – i am thinking something i never thought, i am crating something that hasn’t been created before – and this is hard!!! Most times we are feeling in the dark, so it’s understandable that we look everywhere but within for the answers. So this article is to let you know that I get it and I am sharing my thoughts here to help you move one step closer to that which is seeking you!

So I have adopted a new plan, a new regime and a new strategy and i hope it help you too, because the world is desperate for the gift of who really are, to show up and inspire and challenge….

According to Dr John C Maxwell there are 4 types of Zones we can find ourselves in, I share them here so that you can become aware and then take responsibility for where you find your self:

  1. THE COASTING ZONE: “I do as little as possible”
  2. THE COMFORT ZONE: “I do what I have always done”
  3. THE CHALLENGE ZONE: “I attempt to do what I haven’t done before”
  4. THE CREATIVE ZONE: “I attempt to think what i haven’t thought before”

To which of these do you naturally gravitate to? Do you live in the coasting zone, casually, passively – doing as little as possible? Or do you stay in your comfort zone, avoiding risks?Do you connect with the challenge Zone, where you try new things and willingly risk failure? Or do you try to stretch yourself the furthest by living in the creative zone, where you explore new ideas, seek out other perspectives, and cross bridges i your imagination long before you physically reach them?

As you know my suggestion is to live in the “CREATIVE ZONE”. Entrepreneurs have to!!! Our business success depends on our ability to not only think creatively but also challenge our own limitations or mental blocks! This how we keep expanding our potential. Below are the 7 Mental Blocks that you need to challenge!

MENTAL BLOCK 1: FIND THE RIGHT ANSWER

It’s wrong to believer there is only one right answer to any question. There are always other solutions. If we believe they are there and we’re willing to look for them, we will find them.

MENTAL BLOCK 2: Thats NOT LOGICAL

Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Imagination turns possibilities into realities.


MENTAL BLOCK 3: FOLLOW THE RULES

Thomas Edison made a great quote “There ain’t no rules around her!” We are trying to accomplish something!” All Industries right now are ripe for Disruption, and I love it!!!


MENTAL BLOCK 4: AVOID AMBIGUITY

Life is complex. It’s mess. IT’s contradictory and paradoxical. Why in the

MENTAL BLOCK 5: FAILURE IS BAD

Creative people don’t avoid failure. They fail fast and the fail forward. They see failure as learning. They understand failure is feedback. Embracing risk is the key to growth.

MENTAL BLOCK 6: DONT BE FOOLISH

To stand up is to stand out. You have to stick your neck out to put your head above the crowd. If others don’t at fist understand or accept you, so what? All the great dreamers looked foolish to someone. How you are perceived by others is less important than how effective you can be.

MENTAL BLOCK 7:I’m NOT CREATIVE

The mental block that keeps most of us from being creative is believing we don’t posses creativity. By this self-perception is a barrier to talent, opportunity and intelligence. but the truth is that everyone can learn to be creative. The only real block is our disbelief.

“Creativity Thrives when one subject is approached from many difference perspectives”

John C Maxwell

FISH! by Stephen Lundin

Here’s a great love story with a powerful workplace message. It’s a really easy read and one I encourage all my clients to get in to. It teachs the steps to take to learn to love what you do, and make your workplace an energetic, enthusiastic and wonderful place to be.

Here’s a great love story with a powerful workplace message. It’s a really easy read and one I encourage all my clients to get in to. It teachs the steps to take to learn to love what you do, and make your workplace an energetic, enthusiastic and wonderful place to be.

The Theme –Work Made Fun Gets Done!

The key characters Mary Jane Ramirez, a manager from First Guarantee Financial, and Lonnie, a fishmonger from Seattle’s world famous Pike Place Fish Market, teach us how to transform a “toxic energy dump” into a workplace that adds value, productivity and profit to the company, creating happier workers, employers, and customers!

1. Choose your attitude.

Following the sudden death of her husband, Mary Jane had to take a position on the dreaded 3rd floor of First Guarantee Financial because of the salary raise and benefits it would provide her, as she was now a single parent.

The challenge was to transform this “toxic energy dump” into a unit that the rest of the company could work with effectively. They were the butt of all company jokes, where phone calls would go unanswered, and people could be counted on to rush to the elevators at 4.30 every day.

Mary Jane stumbled upon the Pike Place Fish Market one day during lunch. She immediately noticed the energy, enthusiasm, and interaction the market fishmongers and customers had. She made friends with Lonnie, who promised to help teach her staff the secrets of the success of the Fish market.

Lesson 1: There is always a choice about the way you do your work, even if there is no choice about the work itself. We can choose the attitude we bring to our work.

Wisdom from the Pike Place Fish Market:

• Have the courage to change.

• Never fear the risk of failure. The risk of doing nothing is greater than the risk of acting.

• Leave your own indelible mark on the world. Respect your creative urges. Your choices are as authentic as you are.

• Never stop learning and growing.

• You have within yourself more resources of energy, talent, and strength than you think.

• Concrete steps to take: Call a meeting and speak from the heart, find a message that communicates choosing your attitude in a way that everyone will understand and personalize. Provide motivation, and persist with faith.

Life Is Too Precious To Be Passing Through To Retirement.

At the Pike Place Fish Market, a character named Wolf had been on the road to a career as a professional race car driver. Following a serious accident he wallowed in self-pity and his girlfriend left him and friends stopped calling. He realized he had an important choice to make – live fully, or let life slip away in a series of missed opportunities.

2. Play! You can be serious about your work without taking yourself too seriously.

In Lonnie’s words “This is a real business which is run to make a profit. This business pays a lot of salaries, and we take the business seriously, but we discovered we could be serious about business and still have fun with the way we conduct business. We have a lot of pride in what we do and the way we do it. And we have become world famous.”

3. Make someone’s day. Create great memories.

The playful way we do our work allows us to find creative ways to engage our customers. Find ways to respectfully include them in the fun. Mary Jane observed this in the way customers had fun catching fish thrown by the fishmongers. Customers like being part of the show.

4. Be present.

Focus on the customer in front of you and be tuned in to opportunities to be there for people. Be alert, and pay attention.

Find Ways To Let Your Staff Discover The Fish Philosophy For Themselves.

Mary Jane realized it wouldn’t work to simply tell her staff about the Pike market, they had to see it for themselves.

The staff were assigned to think about the four key ingredients she outlined.

The Team Reports

Each Team brought their reports to the rest.

The Play team used a game to come up with some great ideas to implement more fun with a happier atmosphere.

The Make Their Day Team used a survey to understand what others thought of them and came up with a list of strategies to implement.

The Present Moment Team members related personal stories on the importance of being present for people and identified how to be fully present for one another and their customers.

The Choose Your Attitude Team report was brief and direct to the point, listing the benefits of choosing your attitude:

THE CHOICE IS YOURS. “Angry, disinterested, bitter” or, “Energetic, caring, vital, supportive, creative”

One Year Later

The book finishes with a look at life a year later… I won’t spoil the story by telling you the ending… you need to read it for yourself to get the full message.

Are you a Leaner or Lifter?

Studies show some critically important facts about the workplace. First, the number one reason people leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated. Also, 9 out of 10 people say they are more productive when they are around positive people.

Leadership is your ability to lift and lead others!!!

Every single person you meet – needs to be lifted to higher level. That is leadership. Does your presence in another’s life – lift them.

Are You a Lifter or Leaner?

There are just two kinds of people on earth today,

Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.

There are just two kinds of people on earth today,

Not the rich and the poor, for to count a man’s wealth

You must first know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for, in life’s little span,

Who puts on airs is not counted a man.

Not the happy and sad, for the swift counting years

Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.

No, the two kinds of people on earth I mean

Are the people who lift and the people who lean.

Wherever you go you will find the world’s masses

Are always divided in just these two classes.

And oddly enough you will find, too, I ween,

There’s only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you?

Are you easing the load

Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?

Or are you a leaner who lets others bear

Your portion of labour and worry and care?

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox –

Studies show some critically important facts about the workplace. First, the number one reason people leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated. Also, 9 out of 10 people say they are more productive when they are around positive people. One study found that negative employees can scare off every client they come in contact with – for good!

Answer these questions if you are serious about becoming a Lifting Leader!

  • Are you Willing to Invest in Others?

Are you willing to invest in other people? You may build a beautiful house, but eventually it will crumble. You may develop a fine career, but one day it will be over. You may save a great sum of money, but you can’t take it with you. You may be in superb health today, but in time it will decline. You may take pride in your accomplishments, but someone will surpass you.Relationships are like anything else. The return you get depends on what you invest.

  • Are you willing to be vulnerable and courageous?

Approachable people are real. They engage with others on a genuine level, and don’t pretend to be someone they’re not. They don’t go out of their way to hide what they think and feel. They have no hidden agenda. Authenticity wins every time.

  • Are you willing to focus on others?

All human beings possess a desire to connect with other people. The need for connection is sometimes motivated by the desire for love, but it can just as easily be prompted by feelings of loneliness, the need for acceptance, the quest for fulfillment or the desire to achieve in business.

To fulfill our desire for relationships, we must stop thinking about ourselves and begin focusing on the people with whom we desire to build relationships. When you stop wor- rying so much about yourself and start looking at others and what they desire, you build a bridge to other people and you become the kind of person others want to be around.

  • Are you willing to learn from other and be teachable?

Each person we meet has the potential to teach us something. All of us can learn things in unlikely places and from unlikely people. But that’s only true if we have the right attitude. If you have a teachable attitude, you will be positioned well to learn from others.  Leaders who think they know everything and shut down other peoples input, very quickly find themselves alone.

Conclusion

You are responsible for developing your talent and the team around you’s talent as well. How do you do this effectively? You do it by becoming a leader who lifts constantly, take people higher, lighten the load, keep adding value and watch your leadership compound.

Lots of Love

Ella

Successful People Think Differently than unsuccessful people

I have been a student of thinking for the past several years. It’s what gets me going. It’s critical to make progress in life. So if you want to learn about thinking here, then join me as we cover Think-Ability over the next few weeks.

I have been a student of thinking for the past several years. It’s what gets me going. It’s critical to make progress in life. So if you want to learn about thinking here, then join me as we cover Think-Ability over the next few weeks.

Question 1: How skilled are you in your thinking?

Does your thinking help your achievement? If you are currently not successful, or not as successful as you would like to be, it maybe because you need to jumpstart your thinking.

Over the next few weeks we will learn:

  • How we can improve our thinking – because to do well in life , we must first think well,
  • The ideas and action steps to help you make the best use of your most precious possession: your mind,
  • Discovery of new mental habits that can be learned and that by changing some of them, you can change your life,
  • Specific techniques on how to think, not what to think,
  • How to see an immediate impact and open the door to new possibilities.

Over the next 90 days, consistently set aside 15 minutes every day for the next 90 days to think intentionally about how you think. Join me in unpacking your thoughts and your inklings and move forward by taking action to the questions that follow.

Day 1

You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

James Allen

Changing from a negative thought pattern to a positive one is the biggest most important improvement you can make in your thinking. We are wired with a negative bend

12 things Successful people think

We can learn a lot by observing the most successful among us in action. What thoughts do they have during their day? What makes them tick? Here are 12 of their most powerful thoughts.

We can learn a lot by observing the most successful among us in action. What thoughts do they have during their day? What makes them tick? Here are 12 of their most powerful thoughts.

1. I love my job!

The most successful have taken the time to find out who they are and what makes them tick. Their work resonates with every fiber of their being, and they love what they do.

2. I will see this through.

Even when things are looking grim or there are huge obstacles in the way of success, remarkably successful people persevere toward the achievement of their goals.

3. I will find a better way.

When they see that a system isn’t working any longer, they brainstorm ideas for making something that is broken work again.

4. I have my day mapped out.

They schedule out their day and conquer their top priorities first, crossing tasks off their list as they are accomplished.

5. I might stumble, but I will not fall.

Successful people know that they won’t succeed at everything and that there will be those inevitable failures. They turn these failures into learning experiences and keep going strong, knowing the next success is right around the corner.

6. I have the time.

Successful people find the time to achieve their goals of the day, even if it means getting up at 5 a.m. or working late into the night.

7. I will continue to grow as a person.

The most successful people aren’t searching for perfection and instead have an insatiable curiosity and thirst for learning new things and ways of doing things. They have a deep desire to grow personally and professionally and learn as much as they can along their way to huge success.

8. I create my own success.

They don’t rely on others to pave their way to success. They truly believe that through their commitment, work ethic, and beliefs, success can be theirs.

9. I am focused on the here and now.

They don’t let past mistakes bog them down and instead live each day as if it is a new, fresh beginning–a new day to lay down the path for accomplishing their goals and even to begin new goals.

10. I have clear goals.

Even if they aren’t necessarily 100 percent sure how they are going to achieve them at first, the most successful people always have clearly defined goals and know where their headed or, at least, where they want to be headed.

11. I know when it’s time to pull the plug.

When others might be tempted to hold on a few more days or weeks, the most successful people have an innate ability to know when the pursuit of a particular goal needs to end–that defining moment when they come to the realization that continued pursuit is a waste of their time and resources.

12. I am so thankful for what I have.

They never forget to be thankful for what and whom they have in their lives and the successes they have achieved. They appreciate the support from family, friends, and colleagues and make sure to let them know how appreciated they are on a regular basis.

From Career to Calling

Most people miss this one. This fundamental issue that troubles us, haunts us, pulls our hair by the stars. It’s our calling. Most people focus on making a living and not on creating a life.

“Some wake up to an Alarm. Some Wake up to a calling” -UNKNOWN

Most people miss this one. This fundamental issue that troubles us, haunts us, pulls our hair by the stars. It’s our calling. Most people focus on making a living and not on creating a life.

Most people fall into 3 groups:

  • You do a job
  • You build a career
  • You fulfil your calling

Author Frederick Buechner said that your purpose is at “that place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” When you find your calling- when you find what is calling you, it will result in you merging your skills, talents, character traits and experiences. It will make use of your experience, you gifts, and the lessons you’ve learned. It will be represented by a deep desire to create, lead, inspire and make a difference. Take a look at this table by Dr John C Maxwell:

CareerCalling
Mainly about youMainly about others
Something you chooseSomething chosen for you
Separated from your best lifeIntegrated into your entire life
You can take it or leave itNever leaves you
Something you can doSomething you must do
Measured by successMeasured by significance

When you find your calling – your why -you find the reason why you exist, your purpose for living. You are excited everyday for the rest of your life. People know you for YOUR ENERGY and EXCITEMENT for life.

  • When you find your why – you find YOUR WAY.
  • When you find your why you find YOUR WILL.
  • When you find your why you find YOUR WINGS.

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Successful Thinking

Several years ago, I taught a lesson titled, “How Leaders Think.” Like a lot of my older lessons, there is plenty about the content that I would have to change if I were to present it today—after all, I’ve grown over the years, and what I think about thinking has changed quite a bit.

But as I thought about this week’s blog, I couldn’t help but pull out my old notes. Leadership requires constant thought; if you’re not thinking about a problem, then you’re thinking about your people, or thinking about possibilities.

The mind of a leader is in near-constant motion.

What every leader needs to consider, is whether or not that motion is producing something worthwhile. After all, activity doesn’t equal accomplishment—especially in your thinking.

So how do you think like a leader?

Leaders Think Big

Nothing hurts a leader like small thinking. When you’re at the top of the decision ladder, you need to bring your A-game to every situation. Pushing the envelope with creativity and vision is essential for a leader.

The reason is simple: everyone else will try and talk your ideas down. And that’s good—you need people on your team who will challenge you and reign you in. But that means it’s your job to think big so that the ideas you settle on aren’t too small.

Big thinking isn’t reckless thinking either. It’s just big. You are responsible for the big picture, and big picture thinking by nature cannot be small—otherwise, we’d call it small picture thinking. Reality still must come into play, but that doesn’t mean you can’t define a new, larger reality to chase.

Leaders Think Others First

Say it with me: leadership is about serving others. That means leaders should make other people a priority in their thinking.

Leaders want more for others, even before they know to want it themselves. Leaders see more than others, not just in terms of strategy and vision, but in terms of seeing potential and talent in the people around you.

So, it’s only natural that leaders think more and before others—and think a lot about those others in the process.

You should be thinking about how to grow your people and encourage them to grow themselves.

You should be thinking about which people have leadership potential and how you can develop that within your organization.

You should be thinking about which people solve problems, take initiative, and add value to the mission so you can move faster, go farther, and do more.

And you should be thinking about other ways you can add value to people as their leader. Because without other people, you’re not a leader—you’re just a person with a mission looking for a team.

Leaders Think with Focus

The last thing I want to say about thinking like a leader is that leadership thinking requires focus. That’s because a leader rarely has two consecutive good days on the job, which means a leader has to be intentional about thinking and be intentional while thinking.

Intentionality about thinking is a matter of schedule and priority. If you make thinking a priority (and you should), then putting time on your calendar for thinking is the next natural step. I recommend leaders have a dedicated thinking place and a dedicated thinking time—and stick to both. Too often leaders aren’t intentional about their thinking, and the end result suffers.

Intentionality with thinking is a matter of consistency. It means eliminating excuses and distractions. I have a lot of young leaders on my teams, and it’s not uncommon for them to lament on the amount of overwhelm they experience—and not just because we keep them busy!

Every leader knows what it means to be overwhelmed—to have more problems or possibilities than you know how to handle. Overwhelm is normal, and intentional thinking is the best antidote. Nothing combats too many ideas like focusing on one or two, just like nothing destroys a creative block like jotting down as many ideas as possible.

Thinking is rarely a one-way street. Just like healthy eating and exercise are the surest—and least used—methods for losing weight, setting aside time to think and actually thinking are the best way to combat overwhelm.

That type of thinking is so crucial, I wrote the book How Successful People Think. I wanted leaders to have a practical guide to different (and essential) types and styles of thinking. It’s also why my team is developing a new Mentor’s Guide to Focused Thinking. We want to help leaders think like leaders!

My thinking about thinking may have changed over the years, but one thing remains the same: I spend time thinking!

And so should you.

Thinking is how leaders—good leaders—take their people to the top.

-Our thoughts determine our destiny. Our destiny determines our legacy -People who go to the top think differently than others
-We can change the way we think!

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Autonomy

Today we learn about Autonomy in the workplace. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define autonomy and gain insight into how the concept works in personal, and organisational contexts.

Definition of Autonomy

Every day we make countless decisions about everything from what to wear in the morning to what to eat for dinner. In most cases, we never stop to think about why we’re making these decisions nor do we pay much attention to the fact that no one is helping us to make them. If you stop and think about it, though, we have not always had the power to make decisions for ourselves; rather, we are granted this power as we grow older. The power to make our own decisions without the interference from others is what’s known as autonomy, and in nearly every sphere of life, it is incredibly important.

Autonomy is a term used to describe a person’s  ability to make decisions, or speak and act on their own behalf, without interference from another party. 

The importance of autonomy at work

Autonomy, in its simplest definition, is the urge to direct your own life. It’s something we want in both our professional and personal lives, but having autonomy at work (or not having it!) has taken on a pressing new meaning. Autonomy in the workplace isn’t just about managing our actions – it’s about choice; to be able able to choose and actually create our options.

The importance of autonomy in the workplace can’t be minimized. It has a knock-on effect on productivity, creativity and the quality of work produced, as well as work satisfaction and workplace trust. Without the ability to control what, when, and how we work – and even who we work with – we’ll never be fully motivated to complete a task… Nor will we want to stay with a company for very long. People simply won’t invest in a workplace that doesn’t respect their ability to manage their own professional space.

In our new era of “employee experience”, people expect to feel empowered at work. They want to feel valued and have a sense of ownership. If they don’t, most will simply up and leave. And where people feel oppressed and unhappy, neither promotions nor pay rises will fix the problem. In fact, one study found that people were two and a half times more likely to take a job that offered more autonomy than more influence.

While most managers recognize micro-management is bad for business, few have put strategies in place to actively support its solution: work autonomy. And yet, most of us – 79% according to one study – have experienced the pains of having too little autonomy in the workplace. As expectations of what we want from our jobs and employers develop, so too does our desire for greater autonomy. Here’s why building greater autonomy at work should be a top priority for every company – and how to practically go about it.

Steps to Build Autonomy in the Workplace

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The Creativity Mindset

“The bigger people dream, the bigger they tend to live. And this is without adding God to the formula. When you begin to understand that you are at the core a spiritual being, it begins to make sense why you need the Source of all creativity active in your life to fully live out your God-given potential.

“The bigger people dream, the bigger they tend to live. And this is without adding God to the formula. When you begin to understand that you are at the core a spiritual being, it begins to make sense why you need the Source of all creativity active in your life to fully live out your God-given potential.

How Creative Thinking Can Make You More Successful

  1. Creative thinking adds value to everything
  2. Creative thinking compounds
  3. Creative thinking draws people to you and your ideas
  4. Creative thinking helps you learn more
  5. Creative thinking challenges the status quo

How to Become a Creative Thinker

  1. Remove creativity killers
  2. Think creatively by asking the right questions
  3. Develop a creative environment
  4. Spend time with other creative people
  5. Get out of your box

Creative Thinking Action Plan

  1. Find or foster a creative environment
  2. Do something different
  3. Ask yourself more questions

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Discover your Genuis

Discovering what you are really good at is the first step to finding meaning and fulfilment in life. I love this quote of Albert Einstein who says:

Discovering what you are really good at is the first step to finding meaning and fulfilment in life. I love this quote of Albert Einstein who says:

WHY STRENGTHS?

Research shows that, when we use our strengths, we’re happier, more engaged and more likely to achieve our goals. This doesn’t just benefit you, but also people, groups, teams, and organizations you work with. When each person knows their strengths and makes use of them, group and team relationships are stronger and people achieve better results.

How To Be A Happy And Productive Remote Worker

Some challenges of remote work include feelings of loneliness, isolation, and disconnection. However if you get the right mix – you can become most productive as a remote worker. I truly believe that putting good learnings into place will help those working remotely for the first time—or for the fortieth time—be their best remote working selves.

This post was documented on the 15th March – 1 Month Ago!!!! Now this may become a lifestyle so a great read – Recycled!!!

Remote Working

Whether you’ve been working remotely for a decade (like me!) or are just getting started on your remote working journey, there are ways of making sure it’s a delight instead of a total drag. 

For the many that are forced to embrace our way of working now -there may be fear, anxiety and a lot of uncertainty. But to be honest its the best way to work i feel and for years i have belonged to remote organisations and have been attending church remotely, conferences remotely and have absolutely loved being connected even though i was not physically in that room. So embrace this season to become more tech savvy.

In a recent survey, 77% of respondents reported greater productivity when working remotely compared to working in an office setting. In a different survey, 82% of respondents reported feeling happier when working remotely. 

However, remote work is not all sunshine and yoga pants. 

Some challenges of remote work include feelings of loneliness, isolation, and disconnection. However if you get the right mix – you can become most productive as a remote worker. I truly believe that putting good learnings into place will help those working remotely for the first time—or for the fortieth time—be their best remote working selves.

What Is Remote Work?

I’m going to define remote work as “working from home, collaborative spaces (or wherever you choose) as a discipline.”

This means you’re treating remote work with an appropriate amount of respect and thoughtfulness at both an individual and at a team level. 

You’re constantly trying to better yourself as a remote worker, and build a balanced remote culture within your team. The next most important thing is for your team to develop a shared context. A shared context means everyone is playing by the same rules, understands the team’s rituals and practices, and feels that they are operating in an equitable environment.

A normal programme at the Leadership Academy SA.  Some people are in offices, some people are working remotely. Can you tell?

Most people who work on Leadership Academy SA activities  do so remotely. We decided to go down that road early on when we were a startup because remote work enabled us to meet anytime and anywhere, we get to hire the best people regardless of location, develop a results-oriented culture, and scale our processes digitally.

So how did we do it?

Let’s first explore what it really means to be a “remote worker” because that’s the first step to success. 

Working From Home Does Not Equal Remote Work

In a lot of companies, “working from home” is synonymous with well, not really working.

One of the biggest misconceptions about remote work is that we’re all just sitting around in our yoga pants, binging Netflix, and doing our laundry. I think this comes from a mentality that, if you can’t see someone, how do you truly “know they are working?”

That’s got to be the first cultural myth to dispel in any organization that is really, sincerely willing to give remote work a fair chance. When remote work is your day-to-day reality, and not a wink wink nudge nudge exception, it becomes imperative to figure out the best ways to work.

People have different times where their energy peaks and you will see their are extremely productive – for some its 11pm at night and for others its 4am- remote workers get to schedule their time around this productivity. the worst thing is to be stuck on a commute during your most productive thinking time. So here are some insights on how to develop a remote working plan.

LASA’s Rules For Remote Work

We’ve developed a list of rules and practices that help maintain a shared context and help our team work together no matter where they are located.

1. Assume Remote

If even one person on your team is not in an office, assume remote. This means that you should take meetings from your desk and make sure to share all context of said meeting in a recording of some sort – either written – but i actually just share the link of the actual recording as soon as possible.


2. Have A Dedicated Office Space With A Door That Closes

When you’re working remotely full time, it’s important to designate and optimize a workspace that is not your kitchen counter or living room couch. I have dedicated Home office. Which is private and very beautiful, it’s my haven for productivity.

The door that closes is about making sure you’re creating the mental space to focus. This means having dedicated childcare when you’re working, just as you would if you were working in a traditional office environment.

3. Have The Tools To Do Your Job. 

Every team needs to use a defined digital toolset and every individual needs to have a strong internet connection. For example, we use Zoom for video meetings, Watsapp for chat,  Google Docs for sharing docs. Your toolset may be different, but defining it as a team is important for developing that shared context.

4. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate 

Follow the Rule of Seven, which states that people need to hear a message seven times before they’ll internalize it. If you feel like you’re over-communicating information, you’re probably communicating just the right amount.

5. Schedule Face Time

Make sure your team has the opportunity to meet and bond in person. Having regular off-sites is key to fostering human relationships that make working remotely function better and more smoothly.

Working remotely only works in organisations where Leadership Abilities are high – like ours. The reality is we are an organisation built on trust, purpose and autonomy. These are things we have cultivated for year. I guess it true that leaders keep climbing the tallest tree and keep a good vision of changing terrains. If you haven’t been fortunate for gearing your team to work remotely, maybe now would be a good time.

Reach out to us to assist helping you develop a plan to keep your greatest asset healthy in this very tumultuous time

with Love

Ella