I have the pleasure of being the Co-chair of the International PEG (Professional Experts Group) of the National Speakers Association. Consequently I get to meet a lot of international trainers, speaker, coaches, consultants and facilitators … and I get to learn from them. The PEG has just started a new blog that is going to allow all of us to learn from the experts. Drop by and visit at https://firstname.lastname@example.org
The title of this post came from my horoscope reading for today. It strikes me that all leaders need to focus on their own unique way of analyzing their particular world. The key word is to do a little analyzing, something that too often gets lost in the day-to-day activity of work.
When was the last time you sat down and analyzed what’s working and what’s not working?
I just had the luxury of two weeks of solitude in the office. Only me to make noise and distract myself. I am a master at following distractions but I analyzed what wasn’t working and it was my work routine … or should I say, my lack of work routine. I got into the “busy, busy, busy” mode, as my sales friend Tim Breithaupt calls it. Incidentally, Tim has a great book on sales – 10 Steps to Sales Success – http://www.eventsedge.com/TimBreithaupt.html. Anyway, Tim talks about the busy and I found myself there. Productive, not really, but very busy.
In just one week of tossing and throwing I have an office that is organized and projects that have moved forward. Now if you’re saying “how could it take a week to clean an office?” I kept running the business as well and really cleaned my office. The recycling bin is full.
So back to the analyzing your world, when did you last serve yourself and analyze your world? Give it a try and be honest about what’s working and what’s not working. Decide who might help you move along. Ask for assistance. You can’t be an inspired leader if you’re bogged down in “busy” and confusion.
Have a great time.
Ten months have scurried past and we’re now planning to tackle 2007. Before 2006 slips away, why not take stock of what you’ve accomplished?
If you make your annual resolutions at the start of the new year or just, in a good business-like format, plan your year. How have you done?
Have you been the leader to set out to be on January 1st?
What percentage of your goals did you meet?
Many leaders that I’ve met will say they have been successful. I agree with some; however, with a few others I think they just have bad memories as to what they really set out to do. How about you?
My percentage is close to where I’d like it to be and I’ve very happy to say that my leadership skills have grown in 2006 so that I know why I missed on a few of my goals.
Setting sail with the best intentions, but no goal, is fruitless
David Gross – Educator