Some people would always start second-guessing themselves whenever they find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. Staying in your comfort zone might feel good, but you’ve got to step out of it to grow. One way of doing that is by challenging yourself to stay inspired and motivated.
Today, Bottleneck Distant Assistants CEO Jaime Jay and COO Sara Knox give tips and advice on how to stay sharp while leading an organization. They also share how they deal with uncomfortable situations and how they let it lead them to learn new things.
Growing in Unique Ways
Jaime says that he likes to challenge himself to see how he can grow in unique ways. To stay sharp, he keeps on reading books, researching new software, and meeting new people. Also, he says that being uncomfortable with what you’re doing is a sign that you’re learning and growing.
“I think it’s important for us as leaders to continue to challenge ourselves because if we feel uncomfortable, we’re doing good. If we get comfortable, we’re not challenging ourselves, and I don’t think that’s a good place for leaders to be.” – Jaime Jay
Jaime and Sara look back to a challenge they’ve experienced with their systems and processes. Jaime says that Sara stayed sharp at that moment because she researched everything she needs to know to grow and learn. Also, they took it as a lesson and got everything documented, so they know what to do when they encounter that kind of frustration and challenge again.
“We challenge ourselves to learn different facets of whatever it is we need to do in order to grow and we keep learning. We want to motivate everybody on the team to be a leader. We want them to challenge us, but we also want to keep bringing challenges to our team, and we do that through continual education.” – Jaime Jay
How to Stay Sharp
Doing things that you don’t usually do is one way to stay sharp because you’re releasing stress. Due to the pandemic and Sara’s back pain, they couldn’t play hockey, so they did new activities as an alternative way. Another good thing to do is to have fun with your friends, spouse, and anyone who’s around you.
“Do something that has nothing to do with work. It’s just so freeing when I go out and skate or when we skate. I’m not thinking about anything else. I’m just out there having fun. That’s a good way of staying sharp, you’re not focused on everything all at once.” – Jaime Jay
To know more about BNDA CEO Jaime Jay and COO Sara Knox and how to stay sharp while leading an organization, watch this episode.
Jaime and Sara run a business that helps business owners alleviate the mundane details of their daily lives that free them up to do their best work. The company is called Bottleneck Virtual Assistants. Jaime and Sara are a married couple who enjoys spending time together playing hockey, boating, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. They also love their dog, Nikita.
Sara and Jaime went out on their back porch on this beautiful sunny day in Springfield, MO. From their back deck, they talk about all the workflows they are putting in place, building a great culture within their organization from a distant relationship – or remote-based environment. They discuss the challenges, but they also enjoy the successes.
They have recently launched the ‘ALL NEW BOTTLENECK’ in a brand new category called ‘DEDICATED DISTANT ASSISTANTS’. Bottleneck Virtual Assistants is the world’s first Dedicated Distant Assistant company.
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