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2020 is in its final stages and Christmas is just around the corner. In a few days we will finish the first year of our new decades.
It should be the start of a new chapter, the starting point for great projects, and it began with an unpredictable bang that will go down in human history: COVID-19.
The corona virus brought the world economy into a crisis, many companies to their financial pain threshold (and beyond) and mankind into a new age, which could result in the laying of the foundation stone for possible changes in the current working methodology.
Decentralised work, or remote work, became part of life and both, companies and their employees, had to adapt to a work situation that was sometimes completely foreign to them.
Companies quickly realised that their employees did not necessarily have to be on site to be more productive or to do their work at all; employers, in turn, could benefit from the advantages of working from home.
During the lockdowns, more and more people began to think about their situation beforehand, how it is now and how it could be in the future – for many, a “back to normal” is no longer conceivable.
Today is the new standard.
And companies have reacted: They realise that the resource “employees” is priceless. The fact that decentralised organisation, expensive rented office space can be reduced and that employees can even perform better if they are given the appropriate confidence, are only two advantages.
We, the employees, on the other hand side, are able to plan our work according to our own biorhythms. Whether early in the morning or in the evening – it doesn’t matter when you work, today a little bit more and less tomorrow – in the end everyone wants to do their part to make their own work and their performance in the team a success.
I, as a team leader, was confronted with two components that I was not familiar with:
- The leadership of a newly assembled team, which I had to lead at a distance
- I had to self-develop and take steps to position myself in my new role as team leader. Tasks had to be re-delegated, other areas of responsibility had to be taken over and the daily business had to be kept running as far as possible.
This could not go well for long. Although I considered myself a structured and productive person, my system, which was designed exclusively for me as an individual, could not cope with this situation. Add to this the fact that we are all social beings who have a great need for harmony and I said “no” less and less often.
The consequences were: Stress, insomnia, bad skin, tension (also in the family) – in short: everything I had written in my earlier articles suddenly had no more effect.
You can imagine that I felt very bad about it.
This construct would not be beneficial to my health and the beautiful family life in the medium and long term.
I then received the decisive advice from my wife: “Find yourself a good coach. I have a good contact there. She can help you further”.
No sooner said than done, and so it came about that I have been accompanied by such a coach since the middle of the year.
Together we worked out a plan and a strategy, carried out an assessment and clarified what my task as a team leader is, what my strengths are to support my team well and how I get into this state.
After each session I felt (and still feel) very relieved. As if a great weight was taken off my shoulders – although I “only” emptied myself verbally.
About my journey with her, the tips she has given me over the past couple of weeks and months and the plans that are still going on in our family, I would like to take you with me in the New Year. Because even from my wife, who has come to the conclusion that self-employment is the form of work she wants to stand up for, there are some interesting topics I would like to write about.
Believe me: it will be exciting, tragic and very interesting.
I wish you and your family all the best and lots of energy in this special time. Enjoy the Christmas season and get well into the New Year.
And stay healthy.