Further reading of Bruce D Schneider’s book Energy Leadership reminded me of one my most horrid working experiences.
My Monday motivation, don’t sell yourself short.
If you do, you may find yourself in the darkest of places.
Despite all the warnings given to me. I pushed open the door of an organisation where the reality was much worse than the nightmare. I had experienced the exposure of poor management previously but nothing as terse. Morale was so low staff had already before my arrival perfected the theory of less is less.
Early on, I received praise and acknowledgement for my work. Singled handed, I had done in weeks what had not been in years. The honeymoon was short. An ineffective manager was fostered upon me and everything started quickly down hill.
In retrospect the spitefulness of my manager was no less than I should have expected. The leader of the organisation, sensing my misunderstanding of how things were done. Explained that I should have no expectations. This was all the more difficult to swallow since the organisation works with very vulnerable young people.
This is type of management and organisation Schneider describes in his book as Catabolic. Where the leadership controls by pushing and pulling, delegates fully (and then points and blames). Gives information without justification or buy-in, self assesses, emotionally disconnects, takes advantage of staff…
It’s my fault. During this period, my health suffered and I lost my anabolic energy – the ability to encourage, to be future focused, to see opportunities etc.
The price for selling myself short was very high, but I learned that as long as I work hard, smart and stay aligned, absolutely nothing can stop my journey.
Have a fantastic week, living at your peak.