I hope you enjoyed last week’s thought; “Balance Realigned” about realigning ourselves to balance what we desire and how we conduct our lives on a daily basis. What conclusions did you come to for yourself over the past week?
For me, I had some interesting conversations and somebody mentioned how we are constantly walking the line between risk and responsibility. That really resonated with me …
It was so timely after last week’s post because it got me thinking about how we walk this line between taking risks and being accountable while aligning ourselves and achieving balance!
A few years back, I ran a Leadership training programme for the Directors of the 6-Star Sandy Lane Hotel (Barbados) which was reopening after it had been rebuilt. For the reopening, there were new departmental directors joining the original team.
They described how their daily work at the hotel was like ‘walking a tightrope’ – they had to constantly exceed guests’ expectations while often doing this juggling act behind the scenes!
A vision of a circus comes up doesn’t it!
Well, part of the programme I created for them was a team-building day where they completed an assault course and walked a high-wire (with full safety lines of course)! And this was very interesting because some wanted to take part while others resisted. Those who resisted wanted both of us facilitators to walk the line!
We could have said no because we were there to facilitate (be accountable) and not take part. But we thought about it and decided why not – because we wanted to role model the concept and show we were prepared to take risks!
Yes, this felt like a risk at the time though because, of course we had to weigh up the overall benefit to the group of us taking part, and the reality was that we did it for them not for ourselves. Of course, for us it felt less risky to stay on the ground! Anyway, we both did it.
The outcome was the group’s realisation of the magic and force of a team who works and takes risks together. And this is powerful stuff!
The transformation for them was, not only bonding with the newer directors, it was also about how they balance the pressure of having to be the best at what they do while keeping their wellbeing paramount, as well as that of their guests.
- What feels like a high-wire in your life right now?
- How can you balance this so you can feel good about it?
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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
– Anais Nin –
As always, I will leave you with that thought!
With best wishes for your success.