âYou mean Iâm doing it to myself?, the leader said.
We were in the middle of an advisory/coaching session and my client had been telling me repeatedly about the difficult situation they found themselves in – and the challenging people they had to deal with.
Yet this was a re-curring theme over the months we had worked together i.e. there was always something or someone annoying them…
With everything going on, it feels strange to say I took a few days offâŠ but I did.
It was a bank holiday in Ireland, so I bolted on some extra time and enjoyed the incredible sunshine. And it was a complete switch off – so much so, I even gave myself permission not to send an email on Monday! đ
But not to let me completely off the hook this week, hereâs something a little different.
Unless youâve been living under a rock, youâve most likely heard of âNormal Peopleâ, the Irish drama based on Sally Rooneyâs best-selling novel.
The BBC series of the book has become a smash hit around the world, breaking all sorts of records. For example, the new series received 16.2 million views in itâs first week on the BBC streaming service. The opening week record was previously held by the first season of Killing Eve, which received 10.8 million total requests in its first week.
I wasnât going to watch it until a friend of mine I wouldnât have expected to like it, said he really did. So I was curious.
The words were from a very smart and experienced leader and we had been discussing their approach to how the interacted with their staff. He had been silent for over a minute as he digested something I’d shared around the inner approach to business.
âIâve been focused on âbeing rightâ. But I should be focused on âgetting it rightâ.â
It was a beautiful way of saying something thatâs prevalent for many.
âI hate where Iâm at.â she said. âTell me moreâ, I replied. She did and as she described it, it didnât sound great. “So what are you going to do about it?â , I asked. Blank look, and this from someone who is smart and perceived to be very successful, strong and confident.