You want to make an improvement on how things are going, however, you hesitate because of your worry of how your suggestion is going to be perceived. You ask yourself: “will people get defensive or take it as a criticism of their working style?”
From my 30 years of working with different leaders, I find that transparent communication is the most effective. However, you need to ensure that you communicate in the most respectful manner without skirting the issue and ensure your feedback is aligned to the common goal.
If people see that you are coming from the right place and mean well, you will take the discussion to the next level. It does not mean that your feedback will be implemented totally. It means that you will have a healthy and transparent discussion leading to the best outcome.
The outcome may be what you suggested or what they come up or a third choice which is neither yours or theirs – but better than both your suggestions!
Full readiness does not occur overnight. It transpires after years of preparation.
You know you’re ready when, one day, after years of preparation, you are able to capitalize on an opportunity that knocks on your door. This gain changes the direction of everything you do.
Now, many may categorize such an incident as luck or just being at the right place at the right time. However, although true that luck certainly plays a part – without investment in being ready, the odds of benefiting from such luck is slim to none.
So prepare every day. Nay, every hour, towards your chosen dream. Then, when Lady Luck arrives, you can welcome her with open arms, and thank her by fully seizing the opportunity she lays before you!
When prep, luck, and opportunity coincide you get the formula for success!
When you get a chance to perform at your best, reflect what made that happen. It’s never an accident. Many things have to align to create this performance.
By becoming aware of what makes that happen, you can replicate it in the future. Without this awareness, replication would be a hit and miss. You may need to journal the success factors which you can review before your future performances.
I spoke with one of the best in the world and I noticed after his performance he wrote a 15-page journal of the good, the bad and the indifferent of the event. Do you think this would help him with a better outcome the next time? You bet!
The world-class treat their craft with discipline and reverence. No wonder they are world-class!
If you are like most executives, you probably have a lot of things on your plate at any given point in time including now.
How do you go about executing these “to-do” items? People take many approaches. Some are effective, others not so.
For me, the best one is to park the “To do” list and revisit my goals. Then recreate my new “To do” from my goals and prioritize. Then compare with the “To do” list and delete the duplications.
From what is left in my old “To Do” list, I review it to ask the question have I missed any item in there that aligns with my goals. If so, I add to my new list. If not, it gets either deleted (undo), delegated or goes into procrastination or unimportant/ file.
To do or not to do begins with your goals, not with your ‘To do’ list!