Case study Imagine Jo, a senior leader struggling to deliver. Not because she wasn't capable, but because she didn't really like a specific task required - it was boring, not value add (in her mind) and she wanted to focus on the bigger issue. In this case, Jo is suffering from a lack of motivation. What she needs to do is transform the lack of motivation into the energy of expectation and deliver. Specifically, what she needs is: • The 'What': A reminder that this is a part of her role (albeit small). She just needs to deliver it and move on. By not delivering, it has the potential to impact her profile within her organisation. She can generate energy by seizing the opportunity to deliver it whichever way she wants - the choice is hers. • The 'How': To remember that she is at her best when she is working with people. She can engage the brains trust of 2 trusted colleagues and a meeting room for 30 minutes (it's crunch time after all, they don't have all day) and crank it out. Doing it this way was not only fun for Jo, but provided a breadth of expertise to deliver a better outcome. All she then needed to do was write it up and it would be considered 'delivered'.
The point is, addressing your feelings doesn't open up a Pandora's box and drain your time. Use it to cut through the clutter and to guide you to more effective outcomes. Feelings and focus is what's needed during crunch times. Hard and soft.