What a week! Packed with meetings and trips, it was exceptionally busy. Our weekly routine reminds me much of a board game. Wouldn’t you agree leaders? Step by step we move forward, complete tasks or collect points. But what was your game plan like this week?
In one of my last posts, I shared how to effectively plan your week to reach your goals. Now it’s time to look back, evaluate and refine your strategy. Feel free to try out the next 4 steps with me:
1. Review what was on your to-do-list. Tick what you’ve done – and be proud!
2. Question yourself:
– What did you do this week that had a real impact? on your organisation, on individuals, for your clients?
– What did you plan to do but didn’t? What stood on your way?
3. Learn from yourself:
– What is this week’s lesson learned?
– What can you do differently next week?
4. Look at your calendar: What have you already planned for next week?
– Revise your plan, cancel less important tasks and free up time.
– Make a plan for the week to come – see one of my last posts.
All set? So, “Step forward to ‘Go’”.
“How many bosses have you had? How many would you
willingly work for again?”
“30%” was the result, provided by Adam Yearsley at Bits19.
As a #leader, would you be satisfied with this feedback? I
To be a good leader you need to start by asking concrete
questions: What do your people in your organisation want and need?
If you can really answer this question, you can create the right working environment – paving the way for motivated employees & organisational success.
“If you want to create true change and have some type
of meaning, you probably end up getting a lot of resistance.” True words from
Jessica Alba at Bits & Pretzels!
Change might be uncomfortable at the first view. But it is worth fighting for your ideas and engaging others to step out of their “comfort zone”!
This is how you make a difference. This is how you create real impact.
I am impressed by the deep and clear sense of purpose I
heard startup founders at bits19 expressing.
Founders start with the question: “What impact do I want to make, for whom/what do I want to make a difference?” and then try to find solutions. The organization they build is a “means for the purpose”. Their vision guides their work.
People like Elsa Bernadotte perfectly incorporate that spirit. She started by asking herself the question: “How can we stop food wastage?”. Her answer: by founding the startup Karma. https://new.karma.life/ to deliver on her mission.
It’s this clarity of purpose that gives founders their incredible energy, determination and courage to work day and night – with #passion and their ultimate goal in mind.
In many bigger corporations leaders have lost this focus. We
stopped asking ourselves about the collective purpose of our work and may loose
sight of the collective impact we are aiming at having.
Start to think like a founder. Ask yourself: What impact do
I want to make?
IMPACT includes the word ACT, as the founders of Bits & Pretzels – Felix Haas, Bernd Storm van’s Gravesande and Andy Bruckschloegl – pointed out during their opening speech at Bits19
“ImpActing” includes two dimensions for me:
1. “Acting” as a LEADER: Actions speak louder than words. Truly, our actions make a difference and I encourage you to “walk the talk” and take bold decisions.
2. “Being” a leader: Your mood, your attitude, your (un)conscious behaviours – they impact your surroundings, whether in a positive or negative way. You communicate, even when you don’t intend to. Silence is communication, too. You are casting a shadow – the “shadow of a leader”.
Thus: Be conscious of how you ARE in the moment, check if you are sending the messages you want – and spreading the SPIRIT needed to make a difference.
I am so eager to hear and share Inspirational thoughts from Obama on leadership in the bold sense! The words I most heard in the first hours: courage, determination, impact, common purpose, values, energy and of course leaders for change. The underlying one was clearly passion.
Where do you spend most of your time in?
And what do you need to do to
– move out of your comfort zone?
– increase your comfort in the change zone? What is your support network?
If you have taken the
time to take a bird view on February, what is the ONE thing that you must do to
set a milestone in the new year?
How can you make sure
there is a shared clarity on what will drive value across departments in your
Looking at this week ahead,
when and where will you be able to have personally the greatest impact on your
business and organisation?