have you ever felt forgotten?
Hello dear reader,
Our biggest aim at sidekick is to be a force for good and encouragement in the world, and so, to this end, we’re trying out a new format for our weekly sidetrack. It will have three clear parts to it – a story, some learning, and then an application to your own life. I’m going to do my best to keep it brief (not my strongest suit), and our hope is that it makes it easier to take the most important points from the writing and apply it to your own life.
S T O R Y
It’s been almost exactly a month since the Queen died, and what an unusual (this is a euphemism) time it has been. Everyone has shared their stories or given their take on the monarchy and where we go from here. It’s complex. I’m no expert. But this particular anecdote was one of my favourites, and I feel we can all draw out learning for our lives and leadership.
My pick of the stories (since I don’t have one of my own) is a simple one, and comes from Harriet Harman, MP. She candidly spoke of an unpopular time for her, back in 1998 when she had been sacked from her cabinet position. People were distancing themselves from her, the diary was empty, the phone wasn’t ringing. She was on the outside edge, looking in having been part of the inner circle, included and popular. She was bruised and isolated. Then, her parliamentary office got a call from Buckingham Palace. “No one else wants to have anything to do with me, but the queen wanted to see me,” she said. “I was invited to take tea with the queen, for her to thank me for my service.”
L E A R N I N G
It is often the hidden choices that make you who you are as a leader
Even the busiest of people can make time for things that they believe are important
To paraphrase Maya Angelou, people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
A C T I O N
Here’s a question for you to ponder this week – what could you choose to prioritise that, on the face of it, doesn’t look like a wise strategic decision but will deeply matter to the people that you lead (or live with) in the long run?