It's been a particularly exciting few months at Adesse HQ, with an office move and taking on new staff. We're installed in a really nice office, with wooden beams and a great view over the historic mill in Farsley, Leeds. It's definitely been a challenging period though.
So I seized an opportunity to have an Adesse Management Strategy Blue Sky Thinking Away Day, which in plain terms was me setting off from the pretty village of Clapham, and climbing Ingleborough, over to Simon Fell Breast, and back around. I'd been promised snow so had packed crampons and my ice axe, but last Friday there was nothing but mist.
Having climbed through cloud to reach the summit, I actually got lost for a good half an hour, trying to get my bearings to find the path down. The fog was so thick I couldn't see more than 3 feet in front of me, and it was pretty disorientating, trying to follow my compass (both iPhone and old school) when my instinct was telling me to go another way.
In the end a superfit fell runner (with 2 extremely bouncy dogs) pointed me in the right direction, and I trundled off down the mountain, towards a magnificent view of the Ribblehead Viaduct, and had a pleasant walk back to the car.
The metaphor is not lost on me however. How often, as Directors and Senior Leaders, do we get bogged down in the day to day? There is immense pressure to take big actions, to always move forward, to keep creating bigger and better, but it is vital to create that space to breathe.
I got lost up there, I don't mind admitting it. I used my instinct, I used my resources and tools, but in the end it was by asking for help that I found the right path.
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