Three things you can do today to get you and your team out of a RUT

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The feeling of being stuck in a rut is always a blessing. It allows us the opportunity to stop and focus our attention on something in our life that doesn’t seem to be working and to re-evaluate what we want more or less of.

Here are 3 things you can do when you are in a “RUT”.

Be Realistic. Do a bit of reality check with yourself. Are you really stuck or are you just experiencing things slowing down or are you just not being as creative and productive as you usually are? Take time and re-evaluate what is going on in your life, at home, at work, and in your primary relationships. Get clear about what it is you really want for yourself and your team. Agree the vision, align it with your values and then take action towards what you want to create.

Be Useful. Are you adding value to the conversations you are having with your team or are they just transactional? Look at how your contribution to your team is making you feel? This is usually an indication that you are on track when you have positive feelings and regard for the work you do and the people you are doing it with. Feeling useful is a very empowering state, it is impossible to feel stuck in a rut when you are being of service.

Be Timely. As a manager there are times when we hold back from speaking because it may be uncomfortable. This is the time to speak up and say what needs to be said, so the team, and you can move forward. Unspoken words just make ruts deeper.

How do you get your team out of a RUT? Comments are welcome in the comments section below.

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  1. Yvonne Smolenski says:

    Jan, I found this is even excellent for a bit of personal reflection.I am aware I have been doing a bit of this thinking recently and hadn’t necessarily appreciated my processing until reading your short, poignant message.
    Thank you Yvonne

  2. Jan Terkelsen says:

    Thanks Yvonne,
    I think we get reminders/messages all the time, it’s the ones we notice that show us we are ready to move on to something even better.

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