Ultimately – it depends on what you are trying to achieve with the discipline system. If it’s about getting rid of an employee, it’s a long and painful way to achieve that. If it’s about effecting change – it rarely works, at least in the long term.
This can (and should) include the little triumphs as well as the huge accomplishments. And because life is more than just work, include life in its round. We get so caught up in life, and in moving forward, we forget to look back in our constant striving to move forward.
Nothing kills the passion for those who move from high performing specialist to leader, more than discovering that they are a dumping ground for managers above and reports below. Passion comes from “freedom within the framework”; when they’re told broadly what needs to happen and why, but the how is largely self-determined.
A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.
How do you begin to describe a career so rich, so varied and interesting? Fiona Kalaf’s route and growth as a leader has had many twists and turns; and yet when viewed in hindsight position her perfectly for her current role as CEO of Youth Focus.
In part, the practice of stopping creates a circuit breaker in an otherwise hectic day. It provides a pause to consciously reflect on how you are feeling at that moment and to reset that if necessary.
But, if you can set aside 15 minutes now today to do the first part, and then 15 minutes later in the week, and then 15 minutes on the weekend; I guarantee you’ll find out some things about your life that will be illuminating and might set you on the path to less confusion, more clarity and more joy!