Just like you want a visual rhythm to guide you through a layout, we need to establish a cadence of life that guides us through the various seasons.
As we wrap up our series on the design elements of leader, the topic of rhythm will help you apply what you’ve learned and continue to grow.
If we and our world were designed to live in rhythm, we should embrace it and allow it to orient our leadership journey.
Over ten years ago, after reading Getting Things Done, I began implementing reviews. I would conduct them weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly. I was using OmniFocus to organize my work, and it would remind me at the right time to do my review, helping me build the habit.
This rhythm really helped me reflect and make visible what was happening in my life and leadership.
When I conducted the review, I could see my answers from the previous review. I was not only getting a better view of where I was but also where I had been.
My kids can’t perceive how much they grow in a day, week, or even month. But when we mark their height on one post of the bunk bed and they can see progress in something that is otherwise invisible in their daily lives.
Similarly, a rhythm of review helps us as leaders mark our growth over time.
Start small using a weekly review with a few questions. It could be
You may notice those questions are essentially the questions of the daily standup in Scrum.
One of the reasons I really embrace the Agile methodology and Scrum framework for organizing people and projects is because it takes advantage of this natural rhythm to make things transparent (reflection), to inspect (evaluation), and to adapt (growth).
I’ve taken a number of these Agile principles or concepts and applied them to both my professional and personal life.
It’s easy to feel stuck or uncertain about how to move ahead. Maybe you feel overloaded or like you’re just spinning your wheels. What if you had someone alongside you on the journey?