Be More Jurgen...Ben Sweeney
Before reading this blog, I must caveat that I have no leadership training and only a slight insight into these matters. I have learnt so much from others and these are simply some of my own musings based on thoughts that occasionally make some sense in my head!
As a diehard Everton supporter, I find myself in a strange mindset after watching Liverpool’s unbelievable comeback from 3-0 down to win 4-3 against one of the best teams in the world. At the helm, is someone who I consider to be one of the foremost leaders of our time.
I can’t help but be bowled over by how Jurgen Klopp leads with passion and gets the best out of individuals: he cares about every single person at the club, from the multi-millionaire players to the cooks at the training ground and the porters. He values each of their roles as much as the other because if it wasn’t for that individual, the system would be broken, and the effect could be significant for the team and club.
He gets the best out of players who have been written off by other teams, players who have been mocked by the public for how they play the game. Yet, as a team he gets them to click together, they trust each other implicitly and work for each other to achieve their goal. Some need praise, some need support, some need encouragement and others just need to be told to keep on the same, but the formula he has incorporated in very simple: by helping the individuals, he helps the team.
Here is a team who have a proven track record of success against the odds at time-why can they achieve it where other teams fail?
As a club they invest from the ground up and value individuals, they have built a culture whereby there is a hunger for success and
In the veterinary world, these principles can apply with to a similar extent. None of us go to work to ‘lose’ as it were: we all do what we do because of a desire to succeed on some level-be that in diagnosis, in teamwork, in treatment and management of cases, in helping other people achieve their goals, and even in performing a smooth euthanasia to help our clients. Not only that, you only have to look at the crowd at Anfield to see how people who are engaged with what you are doing as an organization are inspired: there is no reason that that crowd can’t be your client base, your ambassadors. Wouldn’t it be great if all of the people working at a practice were actually fans of that practice?
Whether you are part of a massive corporate or part of a small startup practice with three staff, we are all ambassadors and leaders for our profession. The principles of personal management and looking after your team WILL help you and those around you.
There is no getting away from the fact that these are ‘hard times’ for the profession, but are they harder or simply different to times gone by? Many of us feel isolated and unsupported: I know this as I have been privileged to speak to and be trusted by many of you over the last 3 years of running Simply Locums.
Perhaps what is more surprising to many of us is that we actually like our jobs. It is the lack of support and leadership that seems to affect people. As humans we are (most of us), social beings and as such thrive on engaging with and assisting others, whilst also being assisted ourselves.
I find myself at a strange crossroads in my professional life, where I am 11 years post-graduation and would now be considered to be an experienced vet. I am still riddled with imposter syndrome and regularly in awe of the abilities of my fellow professionals to perform their jobs in both clinical and non-clinical capacities. I suspect that they are completely unaware of doing it, but they inspire me to be better every day.
We are a profession of around 40000 individuals, and we all have to ability to inspire each other. We hear stories of those colleagues and bosses who are unsupportive and don’t help us develop: this is a reality in all professions, but when you are involved, it feels personal, there is no getting away from that.
However, what we don’t hear enough about is the positive impact of someone’s actions and words on each other. These far outweigh the negative ones, I promise you. From the smallest act to sometimes career and life saving conversations, our ability to care for one another is there and obvious.
Remember, we are ALL leaders. Whether we are a receptionist, vet, nurse, student or cleaner we can all help each other to grow and develop and feel wanted, needed and valued. You may not even do it on purpose, but saying thank you, offering a helping hand, listening, making a brew are all acts of leadership.
I have been most affected by some of the small things that people have done for me over the years.
So what can you take from this blog?
1. We are all leaders to someone else (whether you think you are or not)
2. The smallest of things can help anyone else
3. You likely won’t even realise the impact of what you do, and you may not even know you are doing it. But to that person it could mean the world.
4. Leadership is not just from the top down, its from person to person.
5. Anyone can come from 3-0 down to win!
Thanks for reading and please do let me know what you think of the blogs, or if you would like to hear about any other topics here. #vethappy.