There’s a typical summer lull every year, isn’t there? Your team’s energy dips, their attentions are divided, their focus gets fuzzy. With vacations and disrupted daily routines, the lull is to be expected. But just because the “dog days” are approaching does not mean we, as leaders, must resign ourselves to three months worth of distracted and disengaged team members.
How do you encourage engagement, permission priorities, and dispel distraction? Here are 3 ways to combat the summer lull this year.
1. Keep first things first.
Continue to highlight to your team what HASN’T changed: your overall purpose as an organization and the end recipients of your efforts. Remember your why. Remember who you serve. The security of what has not changed will provide the stability for what will continue to change.
We have encouraged you before that your team needs to hear from you more frequently than usual during this season. Probably more frequently than you may feel is necessary. This is even more true during the summer lull. Your voice pulling them back to a sense of vision for the work you are seeking to accomplish together is paramount.
Call your team back to your why at every opportunity.
2. Give permission.
The question to ask yourself is, “Where can I relieve pressure for those I lead?
3. Don’t Neglect Connection.
To get ahead of and combat the summer lull, look for ways to connect your team to your vision and to each other. When you do, you’ll see their energy and engagement increase and you’ll see distraction give way to focus.
Jenni Catron is a writer, speaker, and leadership coach who consults churches and non-profits to help them lead from their extraordinary best. She speaks at conferences and churches nationwide, seeking to help others develop their leadership gifts and lead confidently. As Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group, she consults with individuals and teams on leadership and organizational health.