Albert Einstein reportedly said that insanity was to do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. As 2019 is quickly coming to a close, how did you like 2019’s results? If 2019 was successful, will the same approach work in 2020 to achieve even better results?
Every leader must examine their year by asking themselves 3 questions:
- How Am I Doing as a Leader?
- How is My Team Doing?
- How is My Company Doing?
First, how am I doing as a leader? Leadership is a skill that must be learned and honed. It is a constant deep dive into self-awareness and social awareness. A great leader understands how they are seen and received by other. A great leader also understands and cares about those they lead. How have you done as a leader this year? Do you need to take steps to go deeper, be better?
Second, how is my team doing? Being a healthy, aligned, and cohesive team takes time, energy, and consistency. A healthy team is one that team truly trusts each other. They have healthy conflict that leads to key break throughs and greater innovation. They hold each other accountable for our individual and collective results. A healthy team cares about each other and the company. How has your team done this year?
Lastly, how is my company doing? Often times we get so stuck in the weeds of executing our business that we forget to take a step back and work on the business. Working on the business means establishing a well-defined vision with measurable goals and objectives. Everyone on the team knows where the company is going and how they are going to get there. A company with traction has the right people in the right seats. It’s a company that has productive meetings that lead to impressive results.
How has your company done this year?
If you’ve struggled to answer some of these questions, you are not alone. There is a way to affect change in a short amount of time. Maybe you need to consider a leadership coach that can equip you with the skills to be a better leader; one that people want to follow each day instead of have to follow.
Maybe you need to schedule a team workshop or retreat that enables your staff to go deep on how to be a healthy and cohesive team that is aligned and willing to be vulnerable with each other so that creativity and innovation can explode.
Maybe you need to bring a process to your company that will help you run your business with clarity, vision, and direction tied to an executable plan that your whole team can get behind. Every company has an operating system. Either it’s one that is running silently in the background and full of implied, fuzzy assumptions; or one that is intentional and focused that is providing your team with clear goals and allowing your company to reach new successes. Which one describes you?
The Navigate the Journey team are mapmakers and trail guides to a better future. We help companies, teams, and leaders understand where they’ve been, assess where they are now, clarify their preferred destination, and identify the action steps needed to achieve a better future. We’d be happy to discuss how we can help you make 2020 the best year yet!
Signs you may need to approach things differently in 2020
- Company: lack of profit, underperforming people, undefined vision & plan, stalled growth, and ineffective meetings
- Team: absence of trust, fear of healthy conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results.
- Leader: drifting through life with undefined purpose and vision; unsure about how to achieve balance in all life domains