Rediscovering one’s self is all very well but action speaks louder than words as the old saying goes.
I now had to put my new found leadership skills into action for the good of the team and most importantly to re-establish my credentials. For someone like me who is more of a big picture thinker rather than a details person, I had to change the way I led my team as the CHEESE HAD MOVED! I was guided by the agreement that had been put in place and even though all parties involved were responsible for keeping the agreement on track, I wanted to ensure that it it was followed. I didn’t want this coming back to bite me.
To cut a very long story short, after approximately 12 weeks of working with this new agreement in place, relationships were mended, work was on track and goals were met. I felt a great sense of achievement, pride and validation in myself as a leader that all this had come together in a relatively short period of time.
I felt like my life was back on track and was about to take a new turn as I was embarking on an overseas trip for 9 weeks with my husband. More time to reflect on what is important to me and to experience something completely new.
I had worked really hard to get to the point where I felt I could now take leave from work and that the relationships I had mended would still be in tact when I returned.
The only way I could continue to move forward was to focus on these points:
- my personal life with my family and close friends is the most important thing to me and I must continue to nurture those relationships
- life is too short for regrets – take a chance when it is offered to you
- it doesn’t matter how the job gets done – as long as it gets done! Not everyone works in the same way so a paradigm shift is OK and we shouldn’t be threatened by it
- experiencing something new in life can only be a positive thing – even if it doesn’t turn out as you had hoped you can still learn something from the journey.
The next few months were looking up and I was excited!