Take appropriate action
Being able to identify if you are on autopilot is important if you want to exit this loop and adopt a strong leadership mindset and a proactive management approach, because it requires effort and reflection. It is therefore important to take the time to think about it and to remain aware of it in order to follow the right course of action.
Installing a few safeguards in our everyday schedule can be useful to avoid going into autopilot and thus have more impact at work. Here are some possibilities:
- Ask our colleagues for feedback. This is a good way to get us thinking. Our colleagues often have an opinion that we value and their feedback is usually accurate. They can also give us information about our blind spots.
- Give ourselves short, medium and long-term challenges and objectives. What was your top professional achievement last year? Did you anticipate it? Were you in charge of it?
- Give yourself the means to succeed. For example, plan specific moments on your agenda to keep track of challenges and work on the points you received through feedback from colleagues. Giving yourself objectives is good, but planning time to work and reflect on them is even better!
- Run a daily retrospective. Ask yourself if you have positively influenced the performance of your organization or if you have inspired your team to excel. Switching out of autopilot means taking a step back and become introspective.