Does Your Brand Show A 360 Degree Viewpoint?…
Ok, ok…you got me. I haven’t posted in a very long time. I allowed my sprint through the 4th quarter to continue well into the 1st quarter of 2012, and now at even faster pace. To be honest, I missed the entire month of January and found myself very surprised when I awoke on February 1st…where did the month go? I was supposed to do a few things…and the time just slipped away. That is when I made the commitment to myself NOT to “just let the time slip away”…life is far too important!
Surprisingly though I was able to see much more than I would have believed to be true, especially when moving as fast as I was. As leaders we must open ourselves up to a 360 degree view of ourselves in order to Act-To-Win. How did 2011 end for you?
- Did you find yourself in the exact position you “planned” for?
- Was your organization profitable; were your people engaged-learning-and getting better?
- How much of that would you attribute to your actions?
- How are your people feeling now?
- Do they know why they are in your organization?
- Or most importantly, do they feel valued?
Each of us has a brand attached to us, our organizations, and/or our families. What that brand says about our integrity, commitment, and trustworthiness means everything to the other 180 degrees we do not see. (business partners, customers, family members, and the community) Our attitude regarding those close to us can and will determine our successes in the coming year. What choices are you making right now to guide your team to the finish line in excellence?
STOP! Turn on the wipers to clear the misty rain clouding your judgment. Understand right here and now; “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” –Henry Ellis. Acting-To-Win will require changes in attitude, motives, and true servant leadership. In order to truly win, you must get comfortable with surrounding yourself with the right people…and sometimes they may be smarter than you! (Yes, I did just say that) A true leader understands their vulnerabilities and operates in the company of individuals with the talents and commitments to deliver success.
Get out there and seek a 360 degree understanding of yourself. Then change your pace like a marathon runner and win as a team…not an individual. Take this week to reflect on 2011 to develop a system of change, growth, and development for 2012…PLAN TO WIN.
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20