At the beginning of every work week there is an opportunity
to set goals for the five days ahead. But, there is also an opportunity to
raise the bar on your own performance. Want to put a spring in your step, a
twinkle in your eye? Then, find a special area to focus on that will improve
your personal performance, bringing inner satisfaction and better results for your life.
Here are four areas to focus on:
TimeCraft – Each one of us gets the same amount
of time as everyone else: 24 hours in a day. What you do with it and the
competencies you develop are yours to profit from.
MindSet – Your most important asset is the
quality of mind you bring to every day actions. It will help you in challenges and
opportunities, large and small.
SelfPromo – Learn how to let others know what
you have been up to in ways that are tactful, inviting, engaging, and helpful. When
it comes to looking out for yourself, no one else can do the job quite as well
ValueGeneration – Creating benefit for other
people is a skill unto itself. Mastered by few, it creates demand on your participation.
This is the very lever you pull to advance your position.
So, pick one of these and set yourself a goal to make
visible progress by Friday. This
little project becomes a personal edge that you bring to every engagement. It
will make you shine and improve your performance over the long haul.
Seth Kahan is a Change Leadership
specialist. He has consulted with CEOs and executives in over 50 world-class
organizations that include Shell, World Bank, Peace Corps, Marriott,
Prudential, American Society of Association Executives, International Bridge
Tunnel and Turnpike Association, Project Management Institute, and NASA. He is
the founder of Seth Kahan’s CEO Leaders Forum, a community of CEOs working
together to innovate through the current economy. His next book, Getting Change Right: Guaranteeing Buy-In
from Your Most Valuable Players, will be published in spring 2010 by
Jossey-Bass. Visit his other blog, GettingChangeRight.com for more info on the book.