They say you can sometimes fail to see the wood for the trees.
This Easter just gone, I spent what I can only describe as an ‘idyllic’ three days deep in the Surrey countryside at a hotel outside Haslemere. The fact that it felt like the sunniest Easter weekend on record probably helped.
But it also provided an opportunity to take a step back from day-to-day business and reflect – on mistakes made and achievements secured.
My friend and fellow speaker, Roger Harrop, specialises in helping CEOs to get up high to see the big picture. As Roger might put it, I took the opportunity to ‘get up in my helicopter’ and take a long, hard look at things.
Since January, I must have delivered at least forty one-day seminars/masterclasses, not to mention a host of speaking engagements and one-to-one coaching assignments. I’ve been to Dubai, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam. And it’s been fantastic.
But it’s also left limited time to take a good look at the wood.
Can’t see the wood for the trees? Leaves, more like!
This past weekend, re-reading Mark Forster’s masterpiece on effective time management, ‘Do It Tomorrow’ certainly helped. So did scan reading Josh Kaufman’s ‘Personal MBA’.
Both should be required reading for any professional serious about raising their personal effectiveness in the workplace.
The very process of reviewing the fundamentals of what it takes to be effective with one’s time; and to be effective with the mechanics of one’s business helped provide me with a renewed sense of clarity.
I doubt I’m alone in finding quality books to be quality precisely because they spill over so easily into constructive ideas for one’s own circumstances.
For my part, I come back to London with batteries recharged and a whole host of ideas for how to move things forward.
More on that soon!
In the meantime, when was the last time you seized the opportunity to take a proper step back?
Next Bank Holiday anyone?
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