They say that challenges are bestowed upon the people who are best equipped to overcome them, whether they know this or not. How many times have you felt that things haven’t gone your way, or the hurdle in front of you is too high to jump, and through persistence and determination you have been able to achieve the seemingly impossible?
Right now is no different, we can, and will, do this!
Your mindset is a critical lead indicator of the subsequent actions and results that follow. And, given that you are in the privileged position being a leader of others, your mindset, emotions and behaviours will motivate your team to follow suit.
At times we will struggle and we will have our moments of frustration, anger, stress and negativity. However, the more mindful you are of this, the quicker you can take action to get into a positive mindset. Dopamine, which is a chemical messenger in your brain that when released, triggers feelings of pleasure and reward which are positive. Although this is regulated in your body by your nervous system, there are some ways that you can encourage your next dopamine hit which you can keep in your toolkit.
It all starts with a positive mindset, and more specifically, your mindset as the leader of people. Here are three ways you can maintain a positive mindset to help you manage effectively remotely.
Exercise is a great way of boosting endorphins and research suggests an increase in dopamine levels. It doesn’t need to be a 3 hour run in training for a marathon either, in busy times, spare 20 minutes to perform the activity you like most. Your performance post-exercise will most likely be higher.
Get enough sleep
Respect your sleep, it is really important. Lack of sleep disrupts the natural rhythm of dopamine releases in the morning when you wake, which impacts your alertness and motivation. In stressful times, this is very difficult to uphold and often sleep is the last priority on your mind.
Think this through, work smarter, not harder. The more alert you are the better you are going to be able to perform. Even if this means working less time, and using that to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Get some fresh air and sunshine, listen to your favourite album and meditate are some other known ways to stimulate dopamine release in the brain. And from these 3 options, at least one of them is easy to do wherever you might be. So, you always have a solution!
How To Help Your Team’s Wellbeing Without Being Intrusive.
Some managers and leaders may feel uncomfortable with taking steps towards understanding their people’s wellbeing and how they can support for several reasons. This may be because they fear that they are ill equipped to help if their employees are struggling, or, unsure where the line is between work and personal life and what questions are acceptable to ask, and which are not.
There are a few tips that we have found useful ourselves to overcome this from our own experience and the implementation of wellbeing and lead indicator pulses across our customers.
If your heart is not really in it, don’t do it as you will lose your team as a result. You do need to care. People can smell your intent.
Communicate to them why you are focusing on their wellbeing and it is coming from a genuine care for them. Share with and educate them and take them on the journey.
Separate the act of understanding, with the act of solving. It is not your role to solve the problems your people may be experiencing, however if you can understand them and their position, you may be able to direct them to the expert support they need so they can solve it for themselves. This is a method from the GROW coaching model, which is Goal, Reality, Options and Way Forward.
Use a structured and equitable approach to all of your people, not a selection of your people. You may have your hunch on where people are at and what they might need, however there are always surprises and more beneath the surface than you can see. If you are going to do for one, you should do it for all.
You can find tips like these and more in our FREE eBook How To Motivate and Manage Your Team Remotely. Download your copy today.