Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Biggest Loser

How dropping 35 pounds improved my team leadership skills.

Do you provide your team 
with access to the right information?
Well, it is a blog, so, something catchy did have to go up top. The backdrop is really true, though, in that I traveled this summer from 200 to 165 LBS ~ which, as it turns out, is the weight my body wanted to be all along, if I had only allowed it. And, as much as I could pooch out my ego and exclaim it was the hardest thing I'd ever done, and, oh, what a lot of discipline that took, and so on, and so forth, the truth is it was one of the easiest things I've ever done. All it took, actually, was access to some fairly simple information, to get out of my own way, and to let my body do what it had wanted and was able to do, all along.

I honestly had no intention of losing the baggage I'd been dragging around for years; I simply had stumbled upon some information one day about how protein, fat, and carbohydrates react inside our bodies and I decided to use that data to maximize what I and others with access to the same knowledge believe can create healthy change. Having this information, it was then an easy leap to know, in advance, how that information could be used by my body... if only I would give it the opportunity and stop trying to assume a larger role in the process than needed... (are you starting to see where I'm heading?...).

In other words, success wasn't accomplished with a grandiose weight loss project. I was, simply, choosing to give my body the benefits from what I had learned. Kudos to my body, who was naturally adept at maintaining its preferred shape - and did all of the real work, by itself. My big splashy role was minimal and I found myself needing to lose some self-importance for the journey and simply let occur what turned out to be a natural process. All I needed was the right information, which turned out, unsurprisingly, to not be the most popular, marketed, and hyped for maintaining health - but rather that which I instinctively knew it needed - and which allowed it to be the success that it could've been at any time. I simply needed to get out of its way... (stay with me, the wrap up is coming soon!...).

Information is, likewise, highly underutilized in the domestic services industry, or more correctly, access to the right information. There's certainly no shortage of products or services to provide domestic workers with what promises to be information for success. Yet, first knowing how to access and analyze the values, goals, and objectives which react together within the minds of our specific employers - is the information which domestic workers actually need to succeed, as well as knowing when to step back a bit and let others utilize it to their organizations' best interests.

Estate Managers can, likewise, mistakenly believe a staff and residence within their influence has succeeded because of their own experience, education, or puffy role importance, yet, as with others tasked with processing any type of knowledge,
Do your staff meetings feel like this?
the EM position can, at best, really only provide the right information at the time of need to others who are, naturally, already adept at creating success for themselves and the estate operation as a whole.

Information is truly power - and this timeless expression rings just as true within staffed residences as anywhere. Setting you body or your staff up for success is often no more difficult than providing the right information, to tone down our egos and titles which only get in peoples' way, and to help them to be the success which they've already known they could be, at any time. To not only provide what's needed, but to lose what's not.

Sometimes, being the biggest loser can turn out to be the best and easiest thing we've ever done.