Are you in a rut? If you dread going to work each day or realize that work is no longer fun, what do you do? As a leader, it’s crucial that you realize that your people watch you closely. If employees sense you have lost your zest for work, their enthusiasm may also diminish. After all, if the leader isn’t passionate about the business, then why should they be? Some leaders try to hide their lost passion from their employees by starting to avoid going to work, or making excuses to spend less time in the office. Other leaders may try to hide by spending more time behind closed doors. All of those actions only make things worse. You’ll still be stuck, and your employees may start to worry about their future.
When you feel “stuck” or in a rut, the best thing to do is change something. When was the last time you and your team had fun? If spontaneity and creativity are missing, it’s time to take action! If weekly meetings have gotten stale, turn the agenda upside down. Start the meeting as if it was just ending and you were reviewing what went well. Then conduct the meeting making sure those positive things actually happen. Bring in toys or wear animal noses during the meeting to loosen things up. If you as the leader are not particularly creative, assign someone else to be the Chief Fun Officer.
Take the first step and start reinventing the joy you used to feel. Tap into your imagination. When you start having fun again, so will your team. You’ll become re-engaged and the results will be amazing.