A great technique from the Ignatius tradition is the Examen. St. Ignatius Loyola would say that this should be the most important moment of our day. Why? Because this moment affects every other moment.
This is a Christian reflection - you can substitute your own faith. It’s also useful as a gratefulness practice:
In the Examen, we review our recent past to find God and God’s blessings in life. We also look back to find moments in the day when things didn’t go so well—when we were hurt by something that happened to us, or when we sinned or made a mistake. We give praise and thanksgiving for the blessed moments. We ask forgiveness and healing for the difficult and painful moments. Having reflected on this past day, we then turn to the day yet to come and ask God to show us the potential challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. We ask for insight into what graces we might need to live this next day well; patience, wisdom, fortitude, self-knowledge, peace, optimism.
Our IT Leadership Bootcamp will be held in early September for 8 weeks. Consider creating your own Leadership Bootcamp in your organization, combining your managers and stakeholders. Reach out to me (Lou.firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like our help setting that up for your team.
Finally, gather your peers around you and ask for feedback. Leaders can become very isolated from others, especially if the ego kicks in. Seek feedback from staff frequently as well. Start conversations with a question instead of a solution.