A few years ago, I was attending a training course with Clinton Swaine of Frontier Trainings. I was in the hot seat. Clinton is a master at training using experiential games. In this particular game I was the CEO. I wasn’t doing very well. The mock company was in chaos and was losing money.
Ross was there with me, although not participating in the games or training. He was actually a resource I could have used although I hadn’t thought of that until Clinton reminded me, “Shirley, you are the leader and you have resources available to you and you are not using them. Good leaders are resourceful.”
Of course I felt embarrassed at the time and it was one of those lessons that we learn the hard way.
Interestingly for me, the same concept has reappeared this week.
Earlier this year we completed 3 Leading Yourself and Leading Others experiences training about 30 people.
The experience includes some 1:1 coaching with me. As the coach, I am a resource that is available to participants. I was amazed that not all participants made use of this resource.
The time frame for coaching had an expiration but not all participants have booked their sessions, despite receiving friendly reminders.
So you get the learning this week. Make use of your resources. Good leaders are resourceful.
It’s a great reminder to take stock of the resources that are available to you and perform an audit for yourself.
Are you using your resources? Are you being resourceful?