When things just seem too big and outside our control, it can be hard to keep a handle on our emotions. But accepting things as they are can stop us wasting energy on things we can't change.
It's often hard to talk about how we actually feel. But can talking about our emotions actually help? Well … yep, it turns out. It might even be a super-power.
When dramatic things happen our emotions can become fully engaged and cloud our judgement. But with the power of reappraisal to choose what meaning we assign events, we can learn to regulate our emotions and use them to make us better leaders, too.
Emotions, eh. What are they good for in agency life? Well, it turns out, quite a lot really.
Agencies who have matured as they grow take a different approach. Their leaders mindfully design the agency to ensure continuous evolution is baked in.
If you think of your agency as a smooth-running motorway, then there are on-ramps to bring talent into your agency, and off-ramps that talent takes to leave.
It's too easy to get hooked on the dopamine hits from the 'pings' of new messages or people stopping by our desks, seeming to need our input urgently.
Over the last week we have all been increasingly alarmed at the Russian invasion of Ukraine. What are the impacts that could affect agencies, and what can agency leaders do to plan accordingly? Here we look at one of the potential threats, the impact on the internet.
There's a timely reminder in Mr Rogers' wisdom for us as agency leaders.
What things in your agency are causing you pain? If you stop and think about them a moment, are any of them down to you doing or not doing something?
The best agencies become learning machines. They consciously embed this constant learning into the way the business works.
In a knowledge-based people-powered business like an agency, command-and-control type structures soon grind to a halt as the agency grows, or encounters volatility.
It's all too easy to fall into a habit of rushing around solving problems and jumping on opportunities, rather than stepping back and working proactively on mindfully designing our business.
Many agency owners are starting 2022 with a resolution to be more proactive and strategic and wanting to make big plans.
After two years of crisis make this the time to mindfully navigate a route back into more normal, healthier ways of leading and running your agency.
For January 2022, here's some interesting books from the world of business and beyond, either out recently or forthcoming, that are worth getting your hands on. Here's five we'd recommend.
2021 has probably been the most intense year we've all experienced. That makes it even more important to rest over this holiday period. Hopefully you can also take some time to reflect and re-energise.
One of the things I hear most frequently from founders, often with a wince of pain, is the time, money and stress that's been sunk into some tough lessons.