One of the habits my current role has helped me to build is the ability to give 100% of my focus of attention to one person. To be in the moment. I find for this to work there has to be a very specific reason why I would do this and for me it’s to help people develop the crucial skill of bringing the best out of those around them – becoming a better coach.
What I’ve learned in building this habit is that this is very draining and there is only a certain number of people I can be 100% with on any given day and that I can’t rely on experience to nudge this capacity upwards too much without a decline in effectiveness. So I schedule my day with this in mind – 2 or 3 people maximum with breaks in between (one way I measure if I’ve got the balance right is to ask myself if I’m well prepared for each session and looking forward to them).
What I’m also trying to do (with varying success!) is to take this approach into relationships outside my work life. Who in my bubble will I give my (limited) 100% to today and why them? What is the outcome that would make being 100% with them worth the effort? Have I managed my work energy so I have enough left for those at home? Interesting questions for anyone I think!
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