A colleague of mine sent this email last week, and with her permission, I thought it was worth re-producing here. I think it shows just how important learning from others can be, and is framed in a storytelling context that is useful in a business environment for engaging and empathising with others. This sort of vocalised appreciation really helps to build stronger teams. Here it is;
“This week I was working from Talisker Bay in the Isle of Skye. My husband’s family have a lovely house nestling in the hills towards the sea. It is remote, windy, mainly cold and it’s lambing season. I have mixed my calls with several of our clients with watching a golden eagle soar above the mountain behind the house, rescuing a newborn lamb at dawn with my 6 year old son, preventing the dog from eating the family chickens (live ones) and seeing seals lounging on rocks in the sea at the foot of a castle.
Today after a very pleasant call with a lady from a client of ours I decided to go for a run up the hill; it’s a beautiful day but really windy and it was a hard slog up. As I went up I was thinking about various challenges from work, you know the usual world crisis stuff such as juggling salesforce, one pagers, hoping everyone is ok, what have I forgotten – kind of thing. Everything seemed better once I got to the top and looked around. Everything was manageable.
What I learned lesson 1: Mix it up a bit, you can get clarity on challenges, put things in perspective and it’s good for the soul (and can burn off chocolate guilt!)
As I turned round, I was thinking about our recent day in London with some of you and my conversation with Tom Cassidy about finding your voice. I looked around with only a single sheep as my audience and I shouted as loudly as I could, “I have found my voice – woo hoo!”…I felt a bit embarrassed and the sheep looked, well… sheepish, but it actually felt quite invigorating and although in my mind my voice was louder and more “Braveheart/Spartacus” and less children’s entertainer it didn’t matter, I’d tried.
What I learned lesson 2: You don’t know how it will feel unless you have a go
I turned round and started to run down the hill towards the sea, I was feeling inspired and again, in my mind, I was great, I was striding down at great pace with the elements, I jumped the cattle grid and put my arms out to soar like an eagle and freewheel down the hill – I promptly tripped over my feet, lost my balance and ended up grazed on the verge in an undignified heap.
Lesson 3: Know your limits…I am not an eagle…
Thanks for helping me learn and be better, I hope you all have a great weekend and get to mix it up a bit.”
I like this little story because it’s something we can all relate to on some level; put things in perspective and have a go!