Shift happens

Driving around New Zealand is one of my favourite things, I’m looking forward to getting around in an electric car at some stage. This post is not about shifting gears as I drive over the Crown Range, the highest main road in New Zealand and insanely picturesque.

Wanaka, where I live, is a small town so more cultural and educational events are happening “over the hill” in Queenstown. Last week I made the trip over for the Xero Roadshow. Xero is my favourite accounting software not only because it’s easy to use and I’ve been with them from the day they started. The reasons are piling up and one of my favourite things at the roadshow presentations was the absolute emphasis on

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

It’s Maori and means the people, the people, the people. It’s the answer to the question: What’s the most important thing in the world?

It’s awesome to see that for Xero it seems not just a fancy marketing twist. Creating psychological safety in workplaces has come out as a major theme in successful teams, even Google is making a big deal about it. It’s amazing to really feel the authenticity of it.

They had great tips in the booklet “Take your practice to the next level”. It is geared towards accountants and bookkeepers but has insights for business owners with or without staff. Taking the deep dive inside oneself to check if our own foundation is solid to get us ready to self-develop. Then a shift can and will happen.

Speaking with a friend who is part of a small team in a family run business, the “People are Assets” attitude sometimes is more of a good sound bite but not really followed up behind the scenes. When business owners who have a tight team step back from the “my business, my staff, my risk” and start letting staff in to make the business sustainable, one can see magic unfold. The concept of creating psychological safety is basically giving a sh*t about what we do all day and who we hang out with. But give it from a solid foundation of kindness and joy, otherwise it burns you out in the long run. Or your staff run off to happier pastures.

Make time to check in, with self, team, life, family, body, awareness, ego. Shift happens and it starts with you.

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