Reflective thought leadership – Tim Fisk

Some simple moves that Tim's making in his everyday life

Tim writes….

Since Omicron’s started running wild, I’m noticing some big changes in my world. People who are normally enthusiastic and engaged are suddenly reluctant to commit. Many, including me, are frustrated and fearful that some of the fundamental parts of my life that I can usually rely on are suddenly not there – in particular medical/emergency/community services and even stocks of staples on the shelves of the local stores.  I’ve noticed this in my work, family and personal life and it shows up as overreacting, blaming, avoiding, isolating and losing sight of the big picture (or the mission).
It got me reflecting that for some people’s  basic Physiological and Safety needs from Maslow’s Hierarchy are suddenly at risk, so there’s little room for the needs at the higher end of the Pyramid. I was then reflecting how useful my new relationship with breakdowns and other tools/insights from Teaming Essentials are in the current situation. Although I’d rank these tools/insights at the top of the Pyramid, they’re really helping me as a leader to manage upwards, downwards and sideways in reminding myself and others of the mission and what’s really important (reflecting on care).
Some of my insights:
The current situation is temporary – just like a Breakdown. I can get caught up in blaming and catastrophising  or I can choose to reflect, explore and get back to my care and mission. I call it dividing vs deciding.
As this is not business as usual, I’m investing extra resources to take time out and reflect on my Care. I quickly jot down in my trusty notebook any anticipated triggers/breakdowns/avoidant habits and then record who I want to be in the face of all that. I also include a couple of words at the end on the impact I’d like to have on my mood and other’s moods where relevant.
Having pre-planned  my Care makes Centering so much easier, because I know exactly what it is I want to come back to. If I’m not sure, then I can step back and work out my Care – this is becoming quicker, easier and more powerful, as I develop expertise in this invaluable tool.
Once I’m Centred and on Mission, allowing others to be out of synch – and facilitating them in catching up with lots of ExploringFeedback and Reflecting questions – specifically with regards to the shared Mission, the big picture or their own Care
Using these Team Learning Conversation questions (even/especially in my personal life) may take extra time, but they help me show up as more compassionate and are yielding great results from my various teams. I find myself reminding me and others that proposed solutions to current problems can be reframed as Experiments – taking away a lot of pressure and freeing up some newfound creativity, enthusiasm and commitment.
Thank you Phillip for introducing me to these tools and being a catalyst for these insights. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to embody them more in the upcoming Practice Network sessions. Before I finish, I’ll just check in on my Care for today, which is: “I choose to be a role model of Presence, Patience and Resilience – seeing the best in others and helping them (and myself) connect with their mission and who they wish to be”