London is the Place to be….

The results of the referendum have shocked the City on many levels causing an array of emotions. These feelings are very real and need to be expressed. To heal, we must look forward and work out a way to keep London great. London is a resilient city. However more than ever, it needs leaders with vision and passion to inspire positive action to deal with the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Resilience increases when cities have more adaptive capacity.  To achieve adaptive capacity hard and soft infrastructures need to be in place to deal with change. Leadership must look to the long term as well as being concerned with short term issues. Core to increasing organizational resilience is communication of a clear and transparent business strategy and direction. Creativity is needed to communicate this direction. It is time to find creative ways to communicate to the grass-root levels. This might mean getting out onto the streets or the office floors to communicate.

 In times of upheaval, the workforce can become weary and lack energy and intent. To ensure resilience, ways need to be found to ensure the workforce can stay motivated and perform to their full potential.

 Here are some effective ways to stay motivated.

  • Understand your why. Often it is not the what or the how that matters. It is your why – the purpose behind what you are doing. Think about why is this important. Why is it worthy of your time?
  • Create a clear vision. If you want to succeed, you must create a clear and convincing vision. Create a mental picture of yourself successfully achieving the vision. Think about your grandest vision possible. If you can see it, you can achieve it.
  • Produce a plan. Once you have a clear goal, you need a plan. Break down the steps, think about when you will take the steps, schedule the action required. A vision without a plan is just a dream.
  • Approach tasks in new ways. Sometimes getting started can be the problem. Taking a different approach to taking action may give you more perspective and new energy.
  • Stop multitasking. Give your full attention to the task at hand. Dividing your attention decreases your chances of success. Do what you need to do to stop yourself being distracted by other people, devices or other tasks. Start to put some boundaries around smartphones.
  • Get your environment right. Think about how you can create the best environment for you to do your best work and keep it up. Do you need to de-clutter? Do you need anything in that environment to motivate you? Do you need to move away or shield yourself from negative and unmotivated people?

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