People go from meeting to meeting without thinking that one influences their performance or responses in another. We give ourselves zero transition time, and the result is emotional transference.
Returning to a moment you were proud of — whether it’s something you built or a project that went well — will bring on a psychological shift. Especially given our tendency to focus on the negative, celebrating and revisiting recent achievements is one of our best tools for rewiring our brains for clarity
In your 1:1s as a manager, you probably open up by asking your direct report how they’re doing. If their ‘number’ is low, or their response seems muted, ask, ‘Can I support you?’ before diving into solution mode.