My time (working) in prison
A little over 3 years ago, I had to go to prison for 6 months.
No, not like THAT.
As part of a leadership programme I was on, I had to spend 6 months on a placement which placed me outside of my comfort zone.
Running a team of engineers in a prison certainly did that!
There were 2 main challenges.
Firstly the physical challenge of working in 2 prisons (one of which had its office "behind the wire", next to the actual cells!)
Secondly, running a team of largely cynical tradesmen who I had to win over. I had "no trade" to fall back on so at first they assumed I'd add no value.
In the end I won them over and we delivered some great results.
What did I learn?
1. As my mentor would remind me, you don't have to be an excellent tradesman to be able to lead a team of tradesmen. You just have to be good at providing leadership, direction, common sense and courage to situations.
2. If you remind yourself constantly that you have **tremendous coping skills** (kudos to Marisa Peer ) then it becomes easier to deal with the unknown and the uncomfortable.
What's the worst that can happen if you know you can cope?